Ottawa, ON, Mar 06, 2012 — North Country congressman Bill Owens is praising a Canadian company for its plan to move forward with construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Owens' backing for the controversial pipeline comes at a time when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is also pushing a plan to import more hydro-electric power from Quebec.
Canada is already the biggest foreign supplier of energy to the US. And across the political spectrum, American leaders see Canada as a safer alternative to energy suppliers in the Middle East and Central America.
But there are growing questions about the environmental costs to Canada's energy boom and the debate is causing some Canadians to rethink their country's image as one of the world's most environmentally friendly societies. Brian Mann has our story. Go to full article
Rupert River diversion was a massive industrial project rooted in Quebec's wilderness (Photo: Brian Mann)
Mar 07, 2011 — Northeast states are increasingly looking to Canada to meet a growing demand for low cost hydro electricity from renewable sources.
But the energy imports are stirring controversy. In northern New Hampshire, local activists are fighting a power line that would send the electricity south. And questions are being raised about whether big hydro is really green.
As part of a collaboration of Northeast stations John Dillon of Vermont Public Radio reports.
Northeast environmental reporting is made possible, in part, by a grant from United Technologies. Northeast environmental coverage is part of NPR's Local News Initiative. Go to full article
Jun 15, 2009 — Last year, Brian Mann and Phil Royce of St. Lawrence University tracked a gray wolf in their canoe while paddling the Rupert River in nothern Quebec. Listen in on an excerpt of from his audio notebook. Go to full article