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Entries Tagged as 'Environment, resources & sustainability'

Pipelines vs Paris: Canada’s climate conundrum

April 21st, 2016 · · 8 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

The push for new pipelines to bring Alberta bitumen to “tidewater” is on, even as the ink is barely dry on the Paris Agreement, and its call to action on climate change. Alberta Premier Notley argues that “We’re not making a choice between the environment and the economy. We are building the economy.” For his part, Prime Minister […]

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A carbon tax comes to Alberta

April 19th, 2016 · · No Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Taxes

Alberta’s 2016 Budget presents its plan to price carbon, in two parts: a new Carbon Levy applied to transportation and heating fuel, at $20 per tonne of CO2 (4.5 cents per litre at the pump) starting January 2017, rising to $30 (6.7 cents per litre) in 2018; and, changes to the  Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER) framework […]

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The unintended consequences of massive hydro rate increases

March 22nd, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal, Provincial budget & finance

The Province newspaper recently published an op-ed of mine that looked at one of the unintended consequences of our provincial government’s fixation on building the exceedingly expensive Site C hydroelectric dam. Even though actual construction of the dam has yet to begin, BC Hydro customers are already paying far more for electricity than they were just a […]

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BC government’s spin cycle on LNG

March 15th, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Climate change & energy policy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability

Last year, we made freedom of information requests to the BC government about two CCPA-BC studies: A Clear Look at LNG by David Hughes (released May 26) and LNG and Employment in BC by myself (released July 28). Both reports poke holes in extravagant claims being made by the BC government about natural gas supplies, environmental impacts, and economic benefits of […]

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From Paris to Vancouver: What happened at the First Ministers meeting on climate

March 4th, 2016 · · 3 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

Almost three months after the Paris Agreement was signed, Canada’s first ministers (the PM and premiers) met to launch a Canadian climate and energy strategy. Sort of. That was what was promised at the time of the December Paris conference, but in the lead-up to this week’s meeting efforts to lower expectations were well underway. […]

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Don’t believe the hype on BC’s carbon tax

March 2nd, 2016 · · 4 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

The other day, I saw two new examples of breathless praise for BC’s carbon tax, and how it has been wonderful for the province economically and environmentally. Here’s the New York Times: [T]he most important takeaway for American skeptics is that the policy basically worked as advertised. British Columbia’s economy did not collapse. In fact, […]

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Reducing poverty and carbon emissions: lessons from Manitoba

February 26th, 2016 · · Comments Off on Reducing poverty and carbon emissions: lessons from Manitoba · Climate change & energy policy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal

I often get asked about alternatives to our fossil-fuelled status quo. In recent years, there have been many new projects that point to the way forward, that get beyond vague statements about reducing carbon emissions and boosting clean energy. Our CCPA-BC office held a conference last year to examine new approaches to good and green jobs. […]

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Methane emissions from fracking: clean LNG’s dirty secret

February 25th, 2016 · · 3 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

The proposed Woodfibre LNG plant near Squamish is an example of what has been called “clean LNG” – that is, the plant will use grid electricity from BC Hydro to power the energy-intensive liquefaction process, instead of gas. This would reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly for this one part of the supply chain. The Woodfibre […]

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Petronas’ Pacific NorthWest LNG: Profile of a Carbon Bomb

February 23rd, 2016 · · 2 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

I submitted the following in response to a call by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency for public comments on the February 2016 draft environmental assessment of the Pacific NorthWest LNG, also commonly known as the Petronas LNG project given the lead corporate proponent. (You can make a submission too). This submission is in regards to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions […]

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What you need to know about BC Budget 2016

February 16th, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes, Women

“The measure of any society is reflected in the degree to which it is willing to help the most vulnerable.” Mike de Jong in the BC Budget 2016 Speech If this is the measure we apply to Budget 2016, then BC is failing miserably. What this budget offers to BC’s most vulnerable is a drop in the bucket. […]

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