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Entries Tagged as 'Environment, resources & sustainability'

Site C

December 18th, 2014 · · No Comments · 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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Time for a Different Approach

November 8th, 2014 · · 6 Comments · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

It may be the heat here in Baja, and certainly the tequila could be taking its toll on clear, or at least correct thinking, but it seems to me that there is a better policy answer to Kinder Morgan than outright rejection of its pipeline and terminal expansion proposal, and a far better policy approach […]

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A BC framework for LNG, part one: the carbon benchmark

October 21st, 2014 · · 4 Comments · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

The BC government’s proposed carbon pollution benchmarks for LNG plants leave much to be desired. The package is an impressive display of cognitive dissonance: thanks to BC’s inconvenient law, the 2007 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, along with its carbon tax, the BC government has cultivated a reputation for being a climate action leader; there’s even […]

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Let’s Not Go There Again

October 17th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

You would think that the fiasco of the government forcing BC Hydro in recent years to buy run-of-river and other IPP supply that it didn’t need, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars per year, would have put that unfortunate policy on the back burner for a long time. Not so. Clean Energy […]

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Competitiveness vs public benefits: the LNG tax and regulatory regime

October 7th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Taxes

This Fall’s legislative sitting will be an important one for shaping the future of LNG in BC. Will one or more companies make final investment decisions? And if they do will there be any public benefits? One of the key questions is whether the BC government will cave on its proposed 7% LNG income tax rate. Industry has […]

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Feds and provinces push billions in costs down on to towns and cities

September 18th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities, Provincial budget & finance

It is all too easy to get lost in “today’s issue” when we look at things without realizing they are part of a larger pattern that affects our lives. Desperately needed public transit in the Lower Mainland becomes a political football with competing interests and imposed referendums. In the Capital Regional District plans for sewage […]

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The dangers of deregulation extend beyond mining disasters

August 22nd, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

The Mount Polley Mine disaster has raised important questions about the risks and costs of deregulation of the mining industry in BC. I spoke about this issue recently on CBC Vancouver’s Early Edition and CBC Kamloops’ Daybreak (if you missed it, there’s audio here, starts around 1:00:48). As a citizen and as a public interest […]

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Mount Polley Mine dam collapse compels us to review resource development regulations

August 20th, 2014 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

At this point, we don’t know exactly what caused the collapse in the large dam holding mining wastewater and contaminated sediment – also known as tailings – at the Mount Polley Mine. This is why we need the inquiry which the BC government announced earlier this week. It remains to be seen if it was […]

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Will offsets be the “indulgences” for our LNG sins?

July 18th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

In June 2014, the BC government reported on its progress towards the 2007 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, which calls for a one-third reduction by 2020 in GHG emissions (relative to 2007 levels) and an 80% reduction by 2050. The BC government claimed to have met a key milestone: an interim target of a 6% […]

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Will Enbridge’s pipeline ever get built?

June 18th, 2014 · · 5 Comments · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

You have to wonder why the Harper government bothered with process at all. It’s like there was never any doubt that Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline would get approved. But historians may look back on this moment as the beginning of the end of pipeline politics. Opposition to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline is BC’s largest social […]

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