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Energy and climate in the Harper decade

June 26th, 2015 · · No Comments · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

The costs of climate change are piling up, and can no longer be ignored. 2015 is poised to be a landmark year, with a new global treaty on climate to be signed in Paris. In contrast, the Harper decade succeeded in stalling any meaningful climate action. The PM’s record is not just of neglect, but […]

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What California’s Drought Means for BC: Putting Our Coast into Perspective

June 3rd, 2015 · · Comments Off on What California’s Drought Means for BC: Putting Our Coast into Perspective · Agriculture, Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability

Below is a guest post from Erin Daly, a graduate student in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Erin is doing a practicum at CCPA-BC and has primarily been supporting the Conversation on Climate Justice. What California’s Drought Means for BC: Putting Our Coast into Perspective Erin Daly As a province that imports half of its […]

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Climate Justice and the Good Life, for Everyone

June 2nd, 2015 · · Comments Off on Climate Justice and the Good Life, for Everyone · Climate change, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare

In our Climate Justice Project, our research has stressed structural changes and collective action to lower carbon footprints rather than individual behavioural change. The ability of many actors to respond to incentives like a carbon tax is constrained by their circumstances. Suburban households often have no realistic option but to keep driving. Renters have little agency over […]

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A Clear Look at BC LNG

May 26th, 2015 · · Comments Off on A Clear Look at BC LNG · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

Today we released a major new report, A Clear Look at BC LNG: Energy Security, Environmental Implications and Economic Potential, by geoscientist David Hughes. The report considers the ambition of the LNG enterprise as envisioned by the BC government, and delivers the first assessment of the cumulative impacts on LNG development, and in particular the huge […]

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BC’s Carbon Emissions on the Rise

May 8th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Climate change, Energy

It was a good story while it lasted. Over the past few years, the BC government and many in the policy community have spun a tale about the remarkable success of BC’s climate action policies, with a big spotlight on the carbon tax as a driver of lower emissions while BC’s economy outperformed the rest […]

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A Conversation on Climate Justice

April 9th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Climate change, Democracy and participation, Education

In February and March, the Climate Justice Project hosted This Changes BC: A Conversation on Climate Justice. Over four Saturdays, a group of 34 citizens from Metro Vancouver gathered to talk about what climate solutions could look like in their lives and our province. Having worked on these issues for many years now, we had a […]

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Discussing “Just Transition” with Karen Cooling

March 30th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Discussing “Just Transition” with Karen Cooling · Climate change, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability

In late January, we at the CCPA came out with a paper about “just transition”—an approach that aims to minimize the impact of environmental policies on workers and communities in affected industries—for resource workers. Drawing on extensive interviews with workers in several resource industries, our report informs a strategy to ensure climate action doesn’t worsen […]

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Low-carbon urban infrastructure: a view from Vancouver

February 18th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

I have a new case study (full pdf; summary article from the publishers) out as part of the Economists for Equity and Environment‘s Future Economy Initiative. I look at the City of Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU), a low-carbon district energy system that hits a sweet spot of clean energy, local control, and stable prices at competitive rates. […]

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11 things you need to know about BC Budget 2015

February 17th, 2015 · · 31 Comments · Climate change, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

1. Budget 2015 ends the claw-back on child support payments for single parents on welfare. This is estimated to put $13 million in the hands of some of the poorest British Columbians. It’s a good step forward, but it is very very small. $13 million is three hundredths of one percent of the provincial budget. […]

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The case against a revenue-neutral carbon tax

January 15th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Taxes

I’m a fan of carbon taxes, but increasingly I see the term “revenue-neutral” attached to it. Where I live, in BC, we have perhaps the most prominent example of a revenue-neutral carbon tax, and carbon tax advocates have come to promoting the BC model to other jurisdictions, such as Ontario, who are contemplating their own carbon tax. […]

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