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Entries Tagged as 'Energy'

About that LNG Prosperity Fund

February 18th, 2014 · · 6 Comments · Energy, Provincial budget & finance

Budget 2014 contains some new information about how the province intends to pay for all of the ponies BC children have been promised from LNG riches. Alas, there is not much there – a three page text box that mostly restates the hype on LNG – and from what has been revealed it looks a […]

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Burning issues for Metro Vancouver

January 7th, 2014 · · Comments Off · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities

The front page story of today’s Vancouver Sun takes on Metro Vancouver’s waste incineration facility in Burnaby. The Fraser Valley Regional District has been strongly opposed to a new proposed incinerator planned by Metro, and likewise has expressed its concerns about air quality in regards to the Burnaby facility. Its operating permit is up for […]

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The wrong question in the wrong forum

December 12th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Uncategorized

It didn’t take very much time at the joint federal-provincial environmental hearing into Site C, which started this week in Fort St. John, to realize that it is not the best forum to address the central issue underlying BC Hydro’s proposal to develop the $8 to $9 billion hydro project. The central issue is the […]

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Annotated Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy

November 4th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Energy

BC recently signed on to a new Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, which includes California, Oregon and Washington states. On the surface it seems like the province is recommitting to climate policy, but don’t believe the hype: it was just a few years ago that BC was in negotiations with those same […]

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Global carbon budget is a harsh reality check for Canadian investors

October 30th, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Climate change, Energy

The recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should be a wake-up call for Canada. With a development model based on ever more fossil fuel extraction, Canada’s economy and financial markets are on a collision course with the urgent need for global climate action. The IPCC, for the first time, stated an […]

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LNG: BC’s Quest for a New Staple Industry

October 21st, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

I have a post as part of a new series from the Progressive Economics Forum celebrating 50 years of Mel Watkins’ publication of “A Staple Theory of Economic Growth.” Watkins’ piece follows the insight of Harold Innis to develop an understanding of economic growth uniquely rooted in the Canadian experience. The series begins with an […]

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Metro Vancouver needs to walk its “zero waste” talk

October 16th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

An oped published in the Vancouver Sun: When delegates attend Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste conference on Wednesday, they will hear from innovators and big thinkers about how to radically redesign waste out of our economy. Ideas will be presented to aggressively reuse, repair and maintain what we consume, and for composting and recycling to keep […]

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Deconstructing BC Hydro’s Rate Increase

September 14th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Energy

When the government imposed its Energy Plan on BC Hydro it never bothered to estimate the costs (or for that matter the benefits) of what it hoped to achieve. Ardent supporters of that Plan, like my good friend Mark Jaccard, constructed scenarios under which it would make sense to force BC Hydro to buy more […]

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Memo to Obama: Canada’s carbon problem IS the tar sands

September 10th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Energy

Canada’s Harper-ment is getting increasingly desperate. The quest to double production out of the Alberta tar sands needs new pipelines (or rail). In recent months, we have seen new proposals for pipelines to the west and to the east, amid further delays of the KeystoneXL pipeline to the south. The success of US activists (environmentalists, […]

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BC Hydro’s Integrated Resource Plan and The Case Against Site C

August 27th, 2013 · · 2 Comments · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

It could have been me taking time off during the short Vancouver summer, or perhaps that the news release got dropped on the Friday before the August long weekend, but I totally missed the release of BC Hydro’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). It is an important document for the province, one that sets out the […]

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