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Entries Tagged as 'Energy'

When telling the truth gets you in trouble: Getting serious about serious issues

August 12th, 2015 · · 3 Comments · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare

“As leaders we have a responsibility to fully articulate the risks our people face. If the politics are not favorable to speaking truthfully, then clearly we must devote more energy to changing the politics.” – Marlene Moses, Ambassador to the United Nations for the South Pacific island nation of Nauru, 2012 “The ecologically necessary is […]

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Inconsistency in BC’s GHG Regulations

July 22nd, 2015 · · No Comments · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

It is no doubt quite naive to think that the BC government (or any government for that matter) would transparently ensure that it imposed the same price on carbon emissions from different industrial sources. Still, carbon is carbon and GHG emissions raise the same concerns regardless of the source. So at least from a naive […]

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Just how bad is BC’s LNG deal with Petronas?

July 13th, 2015 · · 7 Comments · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Last week, the BC government released the text of its Project Development Agreement with Pacific Northwest LNG (led by Malaysian state enterprise, Petronas), considered the front-runner in getting BC an LNG export industry. The agreement goes to the BC legislature this week in order to convince Petronas to make a “final investment decision.” There are still other barriers to this […]

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Energy and climate in the Harper decade

June 26th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Energy and climate in the Harper decade · 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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David Hughes responds to BC government and LNG industry

May 28th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

Our recent report by David Hughes, A Clear Look at BC LNG, prompted dismissive comments from the BC government and the LNG industry. They argue that David’s numbers about energy security are wrong, and theirs are right. We asked David to respond: Response to Rich Coleman and the BC LNG Alliance criticism of my “Clear Look […]

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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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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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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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Site C

December 18th, 2014 · · Comments Off on Site C · Economy, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

I was a bit surprised by Minister Bennett’s statement that I was 100% wrong when I suggested in a CBC radio interview that BC Hydro didn’t need to start on Site C right away.  He emphatically disputed the suggestion that the decision and start of construction on Site C  could be deferred three to five […]

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