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Entries Tagged as 'Environment, resources & sustainability'

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 · · 6 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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LNG Project Agreement – A Risky Business

July 8th, 2015 · · No Comments · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

The Project Development agreement that the provincial government negotiated with Petronas (Pacific Northwest LNG) and now plans to enshrine in legislation has only one purpose. It is an agreement very clearly designed to prevent this and any future British Columbia government from increasing LNG-specific taxes or changing LNG greenhouse gas regulations in ways that would increase […]

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Today’s smokey skies are a consequence of inaction on climate change

July 6th, 2015 · · 8 Comments · Environment, resources & sustainability

I was prompted to write this post by the very unusual fact that, right now, Vancouver skies are smokey from the various wildfires burning in southwest BC. Of course, skies filled with smoke and ash are not uncommon in the summer, but it’s a black day in July when fires are so widespread and so […]

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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 · · No Comments · 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 · · No Comments · 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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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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Economic Development and the Environment

May 9th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability

The biggest challenge facing the new NDP government in Alberta, and an NDP government in British Columbia should one be elected in 2017, is finding the right balance between economic development and environmental objectives. There are some who suggest that there is no conflict — there can be jobs and environmental policies effectively prohibiting certain […]

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