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Studies Find Canada’s Methane Emissions Drastically Underreported

By Roy L Hales

Some consider natural gas preferable to other fossil fuels “because it emits 50-60% less carbon dioxide (CO2) during combustion.” But over the course of its’100-year lifespan natural gas’ primary component has “a radiative forcing greater than 30 times that of CO2.”1 According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “Methane is responsible for 25% of already observed changes to Earth’s climate.” Two new studies find Canada’s methane emissions drastically underreported.

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  1. Emmaline Atherton et al, “Mobile measurement of methane emissions from natural gas developments in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada“, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2017-109, in review, 2017, p 2

Canada Needs Climate Churchills, Not Chamberlains

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Some believe the pan-Canadian climate plan is an important milestone on the pathway to mid-century decarbonization. The Federal government and provinces have agreed to “adopt strengthened building codes, to implement an effective clean fuels standard, and to increase the carbon price after 2022.” However Saskatchewan did not sign the agreement and Premiers like Christy Clark and Rachel Notley only did so because they were given “flexibility” to expand their province’s fossil fuel infrastructure.  Future generations may look back upon the Trudeau era as the peak of LNG and oil sands development. Canada needs climate Churchills, not Chamberlains.

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Canada Gets It

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Last December, Canada thrilled the world’s environmental community by announcing its return to the fight against climate change. After its’ dazzling performance at Paris, the newly elected Trudeau government promptly returned to energy policies of the preceding administration. More than 130 scientists condemned the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s report on the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG terminal as “a symbol of what is wrong with environmental decision-making in Canada.” The proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, in British Columbia’s most populated area, will undoubtedly be approved on December 19. This would result in a threefold increase in the number of oil tankers sailing through Vancouver, which aspires to be the world’s greenest city. Then there is the ongoing melodrama connected to the proposed Energy east pipeline in eastern Canada. Disenchantment is spreading through the environmental community. Despite this, a new report from Environment and Climate Change Canada shows Canada “gets it.”

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Poll Finds Canadians Expect Federal Action Against Emissions

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmWhat do the people of Canada think? The oil rich provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan want to build more pipelines to carry diluted bitumen from the oil sands. The Liberal government of British Columbia dreams of  developing a “trillion dollar” LNG opportunity. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to be appeasing them, in return for provincial support for a national plan to curb Canada’s C02 emissions. The goal is to reduce our emissions to 30% below the 2005 level by 2030, but the concessions inherit in Trudeau’s collaborative approach could subvert any attempt to tackle climate change. A new poll finds Canadians expect Federan action against emissions.
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The Politics Of Quid Pro Quo

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmAnyone trying to understand the “why?” of some (seemingly stupid) political actions should read David Mason’s recent column in the Globe and Mail.  His explanation of the Canadian Government’s approval of the $36 billion (CAN) Pacific NorthWest LNG project, on Lelu Island in British Columbia, boils down to the politics of quid pro quo.

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What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

The ECOreport looks at new Canada, US & Mexico agreement and asks What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Future generations may look back on the agreement that Canada, the United States and Mexico just signed as a significant milestone,  or maybe not. What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

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Alberta to Protect Woodland Caribou

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The sharp decline of Alberta’s woodland caribou population has long been a concern. According to Mark Hebblewhite, associate professor of ungulate habitat biology at the University of Montana, compared the province’s previous attempts to resolve this situation by culling wolves – but not prioritizing habitat restoration –  to shovelling sand. The University of Alberta agreed, and pointed to the fact these animals are “in an area with high levels of human disturbance resulting from forestry and oil and gas activity.” That changed this morning, the province of Alberta is extending its’ protection over an additional 1.8 million hectares of forest.

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Vancouver Talking Pipelines With Trudeau

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1With Alberta’s economy stalling,  Premier Rachel Notley “needs” a pipeline to transport diluted bitumen from the oil sand to export terminals on the coast. She is “interested in both the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain line,” through British Columbia’s most populated area, and an Energy East pipeline to the Atlantic Coast.” According to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, her pitch to the federal cabinet members on retreat in Banff received a standing ovation. Only the proposed Trans Mountain expansion is not popular in B.C. and now there is news of Vancouver talking pipelines with Trudeau.
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Alberta To Return Indigenous Sacred Objects

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1When Alberta introduced Canada’s first reparation Act, in 2000, it prompted the quick return of of 251 sacred objects. There have been approximately 40 addition agreements since then, resulting in the return hundreds of objects to the Blackfoot First Nation. The “new” Bill 22 appears to go further, authorizing Alberta to return Indigenous sacred objects in provincial collections.

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BC’s Five Conditions Must Be Met

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMRumour has it British Columbia may be on the verge of coming to an agreement with Alberta that could overcome one of the biggest hurdles confronting the Site C Dam project. Though the province is not expected to need the controversial dam’s electricity until about 2029, if ever, there are conditions under which Alberta might be willing to purchase it. Premier Rachel Notley told the Globe and Mail this isn’t a simple quid per quo deal, but also made it clear the deal must include a pipeline. In response, British Columbia’s Minister of Environment  once again reaffirmed the position her government adopted in 2012. BC’s five conditions must be met before the government will support a pipeline project.

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