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Studies Find Canada’s Methane Emissions Are Drastically Underreported

The ECOreport looks at two alarming new reports, studies find Canada’s methane emissions are 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 are 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

Vancouver Island Poll Suggests Greens Could Pick Up Two Seats

THE ECOreport looks at BC’s 2017 election, Vancouver Island poll suggests the Greens could pick up two seats.

By Roy L Hales

Green Party Andrew Weaver received an incredible surprise when he heard the results of Check TV’s online election survey two days ago.  A Vancouver Island poll suggests the Greens could pick up two seats.

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The Disconnect Between Canada’s Climate Words & Fossil Fuel Investments

The ECOreport attended the COP 22 press conference and looks at the disconnect between Canada’s climate words & fossil fuel investments

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmA year has passed since the World proclaimed its’ resolve to keep the average global temperature rise below 2 degrees. The Canadian government appears to be green lighting the expansion of our emissions heavy fossil fuel sector through the addition of Woodfibre LNG terminal, Pacific Northwest LNG terminal and at least one more pipeline to carry diluted bitumen to the West Coast. (Natural Resources Minister Jim Car says that the now expected U.S. approval of the Keystone XL pipeline does not change the fact Canada needs more access to Asian markets.) They are expected to approve the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would tripple the tanker traffic flowing past the city of Vancouver, on December 19. The hearings for an even larger project in eastern Canada, Energy East, have been temporarily on hold since the entire panel had to recluse itself because “their participation in these meetings may have created an apprehension of bias which could undermine the integrity and the credibility of the Board’s decision making process.” Despite the fact emissions from the gas and oil sectors are one of the principal contributors to our rising emissions, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says “there is no turning back” in the fight against climate change. At the press conference following the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) at Marrakech, she was confronted about the  disconnect between Canada’s climate words & fossil fuel investments.

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Trudeau’s Mixed Signals on Climate Change

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about Trudeau’s mixed signals on climate change

Originally Published on Ecojustice

By Dyna Tuytel & Aaron Ward

This International Day of Climate Action (Oct. 24), people across Canada and around the world are calling for responses to climate change that are commensurate with the scale and the urgency of this global threat.
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Poll Finds Canadians Expect Federal Action Against Emissions

The ECOreport looks at what the nation thinks Prime Minister Trudeau should do,  poll finds Canadians expect Federal curbing 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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Can Canada Build More Pipelines? Or LNG Facilities?

The ECOreport asked scientists, environmentalists, politicians and spokespersons from the Governments of Alberta, BC and Canada: If we want to limit climate change, can Canada build more pipelines?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In a recent interview with the ECOreport, Simon Fraser University Climate Scientist Dr, Kirsten Zickfeld described Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s idea of fighting climate change while expanding the oil sands and building new pipelines as “delusional.” There is only a finite amount of carbon we can release into the atmosphere and if we hope keep the global temperature rise to 2 degrees C. We are already close to 1.5 degrees and may pass that threshold this year. Even if we do not build any new fossil fuel infrastructure, Canada will exhaust “its’ fair share” of carbon emissions by 2030. These were quite strong statements, so I asked a couple of other scientists – as well as environmentalists, politicians and government spokespersons – Can Canada build more pipelines? Or LNG facilities?
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McKenna Made The Wrong Call On Woodfibre LNG

The ECOreport looks an environmental decision that ignores impacts to herring stocks and greenhouse gas emissions: McKenna Made The Wrong Call On Woodfibre LNG

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThough Justin Trudeau promised to fix Canada’s broken environmental assessment process during the last election, yesterday his government gave another signal this may not happen. Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change,  announced  “that the proposed Woodfibre LNG Project, located near Squamish, British Columbia, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.” Critics point to flaws in the analysis of impacts to herring stocks and the province’s rising emissions, suggesting McKenna Made The Wrong Call On Woodfibre LNG
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Lelu Island Could Become Canada’s Largest Carbon Polluter

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOne of the smartest things Premier Christy Clark’s government has done was ask Matt Horne, of the Pembina Institute, to join BC’s Climate Leadership Team last year. The credibility they gained from that single act opened the door to new possibilities. Unfortunately that door appears to have shut . Premier Clark chose to ignore the suggestions made by her Climate Leadership Team. Yesterday  Horne has released a statement that the proposed LNG facility on Lelu Island could become Canada’s largest carbon polluter.

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Do Not Go Forward with Lelu Island

The ECOreport publishes a public letter in which I tell the Government of Canada,  Do Not Go Forward with Lelu Island

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister McKenna, Honourable Ministers, and Members of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency:1

There was a time when being a Canadian was something I took pride in.

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  1. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada <justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca>, The Honourable Catherine McKenna Minister of Environment & Climate Change <Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca>,The Honourable Navdeep Bains Minister of Economic Development <Navdeep.Bains@parl.gc.ca>,
    The Honourable Carolyn Bennett Minister of Indigenous/Northern Affairs <carolyn.bennett@parl.gc.ca>, The Honourable Jim Carr Minister of Natural Resources <Jim.Carr@parl.gc.ca>, The Honourable Bardish Chagger Minister of Small Business and Tourism <Bardish.Chagger@parl.gc.ca>, The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade <Chrystia.Freeland@parl.gc.ca>, The Honourable Bill Morneau Minister of Finance <Bill.Morneau@parl.gc.ca>, “The Honourable Hunter Tootoo Minister of Fisheries, Oceans”<Hunter.Tootoo@parl.gc.ca>, The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould Minister of Justice <Jody.Wilson-Raybould@parl.gc.ca>, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency <GNLPacificNorthwestLNG@ceaa-acee.gc.ca>

Lelu Island Will More Than Double Canada’s LNG Emissions

The ECOreport found out that Lelu Island will more than double Canada’s LNG emissions.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s (CEAA) draft report on Petrona’s proposed Lelu island terminal, at the mouth of BC’s Skeena river,  states that, ” … if the Project were to proceed, it would be amongst the largest single point sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the country.” Lelu Island will more than double Canada’s LNG emissions.

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