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Mr. Macdonald Stainsby

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Company Description: Oil sands hold the equivalent of 173 billion barrels, enough to supply the U.S. for 24 years. Only Saudi Arabia, the biggest producer in the Organization of...   more

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New Frontiers for Black Gold | Earth Island Journal | Earth Island Institute, 25 Nov 2011 [cached]
If accurate, "that places them above both Canada and Saudi Arabia in proven reserves," says Macdonald Stainsby, coordinator of
Whether Venezuela will push forward with extracting that oil, however, is unclear. The Venezuelan government is a massive contradiction. "They played an important part in the [climate] talks at Cochabamba last April," Stainsby says.
"The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement is ..., 21 May 2010 [cached]
"The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement is essentially another huge jump away from democracy, towards corporate control of the lands of Canada, as well as the corporatization of what is left of a once defiant environmental movement," said Macdonald Stainsby, co-ordinator of
"Unless we are to believe that the CBI, David Suzuki Foundation, CPAWS and ForestEthics all under cut their own campaigns, this is only a part and parcel to set up a carbon market, and allow forest offsets to go alongside carbon offsets and further entrench false solutions to the climate crisis," said Stainsby.
"They're trying to promote a pipeline ..., 7 Mar 2010 [cached]
"They're trying to promote a pipeline that is completely unwanted," said Macdonald Stainsby, an anti-tar sands activist with
"People who promote these kinds of developments in areas where the benefits will be little to none tend to use a war on all fronts, from friends and neighbours to glossy pamphlets to promises of money that will never arrive," he said.
Stainsby calls the proposed PR strategy proof that despite his green image, Premier Gordon Campbell still takes his marching orders from Ottawa and Washington. "These efforts are linked to increasing energy supply from the tarsands, rather than reducing energy supply," he said.
In late March 2012, I was ..., 22 April 2012 [cached]
In late March 2012, I was introduced to Mr. Macdonald Stainsby.
I had been looking forward to meeting Mr. Stainsby after having been informed of his intent to visit Trinidad by Miss.
Mr. Stainsby is from Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada, but for the past 5 years or so, he has been living in Alberta, home of the third largest oil reserve in the world, behind Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.
You may be wondering why I'm telling you this, and if you read on, I'll attempt to explain in as simple a fashion as I can.
1. Why has Mr. Stainsby visited Trinidad three times in the past 3 years, despite having no family, or business concerns in T&T.
As it turns out, Mr. Stainsby is an environmental activist whose main reason for being in Trinidad is to help raise public awareness on the issue of Tar Sand mining. He runs a website where you can read about Tar Sands in detail.
Mr. Stainsby has been aware for some time now, (as I'm sure a few of you reading this are as well,) that the government of Trinidad & Tobago is engaged in negotiations to open the Southwest corner of our island to this type of industry.
In an effort to remain objective I will try to present both sides of the coin to the reader in order that he/she can come to as informed an opinion as possible after reading this article.
After talking with Mr. Stainsby, a number of things became clear to me, that had been confusing me for some time now.
Following yesterday's meeting with Mr. Stainsby, another piece of the strategy seems to have fallen into place in my mind. It makes perfect sense that in order for it to be possible for an industry such as this one to function in Trinidad, it is essential that there are adequate infrastructure upgrades to ensure that no aspect of the process causes another to back-up, that includes the supply lines these businesses would use.
This Giant Loader Can Scoop About 100 Tons Per Bucket Load.
According to Mr. Stainsby, the government of Trinidad & Tobago began to really look into the feasibility of exploiting the tar sands in the La Brea area in about 2009 when Mr. Conrad Enil was the minister of energy under the previous PNM administration.
It was around this point that I had to interrupt Mr. Stainsby as I began to wonder. If Canada has the 2nd largest amount of tar sands of any country on Earth after Venezuela, with Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Russia and Nigeria each having fairly significant tar sand reserves- how much oil does Trinidad & Tobago stand to make if oil giants bring their tar sands bitumen extraction technology here?
The answer to this question can of course only be an estimate, because in cases like this, exact figures are impossible to calculate with so many unpredictable variables to consider. Mr. Stainsby explained that long standing estimates of bitumen reserves say that T&T stands to possibly more than double their proven reserves by commercially exploiting the tar sands at La Brea and surrounding areas.
Mr. Stainsby informs me that it is currently estimated to be six centuries before the water at the surface of these 'ponds' can be skimmed off for re-introduction to the natural environment.
Denialism [cached]
social justice activist and journalist Macdonald Stainsby writes: "Many other foundations - most but not all American - now play the same game of social manipulation in the environmental field.
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