In this major series, Tyee energy reporter Geoff Dembicki reports from America's capital on the intense, high stakes political struggle there fueled by Alberta crude. Canadian politicians, allied with oil lobbyists, are battling environmental groups for the hearts and minds of U.S. politicians with the power to vote either a free flowing future for the oil sands, or climate change legislation that severely crimps Alberta's markets. Dembicki follows the money and strategies being poured into the War Over Oil Sands.
In This Series
Today begins The Tyee's major series reported from Washington on the intense, high stakes political struggle fueled by Alberta crude.
Meet Tom Corcoran, the ultra-Republican hired to stop clean energy bills that threaten the flow of Alberta crude.
In tandem with Ottawa and Alberta, top oil sands lobbyist Tom Corcoran keeps chipping away at Section 526. Third in a series.
How the oil sands lobby and a 'supportive' Canadian government defeated US lawmakers trying to make fuels greener.
Battlers against the Keystone XL say they're safeguarding a massive aquifer, the climate, and Canada's reputation. Latest in a series.
They process about one in four barrels of US-bound Alberta bitumen, and pump millions of dollars into highly conservative, anti-green causes. Latest in a series.
Albertan and Canadian government reps spin hard to US lawmakers say Capitol Hill insiders. Latest in a series.
Bruce Carson was the 'grey-haired sage' linking PM Harper to oil lobby. Now he's accused of influence peddling for a young former prostitute. Latest in a series.
Calgary's Pembina Institute established an outpost in the US capital to counter industry lobbyists. And learned secrecy is a weapon.
Meet Paul Frazer, the high-powered lobbyist paid by the province to portray an oil sands industry striving to be green. Latest in a series.
That's how Jane Moffat of the Canadian-American Business Council frames the two nations' stake in Alberta crude. Hillary Clinton could be listening.
As Manitoba's NDP premier, he was a top fighter against climate change. Now as Canada's US ambassador, he's done an about face, say chagrined former allies.
Gary Mar brags of defeating emissions reductions as province's man in Washington. Latest in a series.
With millions to spend opposing climate change laws, and 'allies' in Canada's government, API reps 460 oil and gas corporations.
That's the question Steve Kretzmann of Oil Change International is trying to answer. Last in our series.