Atmosphere & Energy

Heat wave stresses central Canada and power grid: critics call for conservation

TORONTO - As heat-wave ravaged Ontario residents cranked up their air conditioners amid assurances there is plenty of electricity for all, environmental groups warned that the focus should be on energy conservation.

Millions of people in Quebec and Ontario are coping with the scorching heat wave that's pushed temperatures into the mid-30s and humidex readings into the 40s.

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Environmentalists said the focus shouldn't be on abundance of supply.

"The Ontario government is one of the leaders in terms of promoting energy conservation, but it's certainly putting more effort into investing in new supply than it is into investing in conservation and efficiency," said John Bennett, head of the Sierra Club.
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Sierra Club Intervenes to Block New Oil Sands Project

The Sierra Club has appealed to the Alberta energy agency to block approval of the Joslyn North Mine, which oil giant Total Canada wants to develop.

Sheila Muxlow, director of the group's Alberta chapter, said the project is going to "take us further in the wrong direction." The Sierra Club, founded by conservation John Muir in 1892, is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in North America.

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Total's Joslyn's proposal will be heard before the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), an independent agency that regulates Alberta's energy resources, on September 21. The Sierra Club had asked the firm to answer questions on the project's impact on water quality and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as Aboriginal treaty rights for the region.


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Tar Sands


Canada'a tar sands, also known as oil sands, are located in the northern half of the province of Alberta along with some deposits in neighbouring Saskatchewan. Covering a land mass of 140,200 km2, or 54,132 square miles, the deposits span a region larger than the size of the U.S. states of :

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