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Entries Tagged as 'oil and gas'

Lack of water data a cause for public concern

August 19th, 2010 · · Comments Off on Lack of water data a cause for public concern · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

In our high-speed digital world, there is no excuse for regulators failing to post and update information that is readily available to them and of evident public interest. This is especially true when the fate of vitally important, publicly owned assets such as water hangs in the balance. To have faith that water resources are […]

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About that Copenhagen award

February 5th, 2010 · · 1 Comment · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Taxes

Back in December, during the Copenhagen negotiations, a group of environmentalists provided BC Premier Gordon Campbell with an award for climate leadership. Based primarily on the creation of a BC carbon tax two years ago, the Premier has gotten a lot of brownie points from the greens – in spite of the fact that there […]

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Mischief making by oil and gas industry

May 8th, 2009 · · 1 Comment · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

Ben Parfitt and I submitted the following letter to the Vancouver Sun yesterday. Hopefully it will run in the next couple days. Here it is: Letter to the editor Re. “Maintaining momentum in oil and gas,” May 7. The oil and gas industry should stop its political mischief-making, and obfuscating the numbers about the industry’s […]

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What are we going to do with the oil and gas industry?

May 7th, 2009 · · Comments Off on What are we going to do with the oil and gas industry? · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

That is the question no one seems willing to entertain in this election campaign. In today’s Vancouver Sun, David Collyer of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers makes the case for expanding the industry based on some dubious facts. First there is this gem: The industry has invested almost $30 billion dollars in British Columbia […]

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BC’s economy and the Liberal platform

April 29th, 2009 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Energy, Provincial budget & finance

With my oped last week on the NDP platform making me less than popular over at NDP HQ, today the Sun published my take on the Liberals’ platform, thereby guaranteeing that the list of Christmas parties I get invited to dwindles to next to nothing. BC’s Economic Challenges and the Liberal Platform By Marc Lee […]

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Oh, about that recession …

April 27th, 2009 · · Comments Off on Oh, about that recession … · Economy

BC’s recession started in 2008. That is the upshot of today’s release of Statistics Canada’s Provincial Economic Accounts, which provides the first estimates of BC’s GDP for 2008. Unlike national data, which are provided quarterly and on a timely basis, we have to wait about four months to tally the various provincial beans. These numbers […]

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The NDP Platform and BC's Economic Challenges

April 20th, 2009 · · Comments Off on The NDP Platform and BC's Economic Challenges · Climate change, Economy, Provincial budget & finance

Below is an oped of mine that was done at the request of the Vancouver Sun and that ran in today’s paper. Unfortunately, for reasons that are not entirely clear, the last two paragraphs were cut off, leaving the oped hanging. I put them back in below, and have requested that the online version be […]

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How green are BC’s climate policies?

April 16th, 2009 · · 2 Comments · Employment & labour, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

One of the most striking contradictions in BC’s climate action plan is the oil and gas industry. Greg Amos in The Hook, quotes our “green” premier out on the campaign trail in the northeast: “Let me tell you what’s happened in the energy industry in British Columbia in the last eight years: thirteen billion dollars […]

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BC's Carbon Tax Clash

April 15th, 2009 · · 1 Comment · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Taxes

With the BC election campaign now officially on, the carbon tax debate is back. Since the fall’s federal election, when the Prime Minister dropped in to beat up the carbon tax to solidify his support in BC, the carbon tax has dropped off the public radar, replaced by stories about the economic and financial crisis. […]

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The wrong kind of stimulus

March 13th, 2009 · · Comments Off on The wrong kind of stimulus · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Provincial budget & finance

I am a big fan of stimulus packages for our ailing economy. But my pitch has been that we need to use the occasion to retrofit our economy to be on a more sustainable footing. So it matters a great deal on what we spend those stimulus dollars. If we launch projects that take us […]

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