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The CamoSun System, a new Solar Thermal Technology

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMBack in the early 1970‘s, Canada led the world in the development of Solar Thermal energy. Then the oil embargo ended, prices came down, and the incentives and grants dried up. More than a decade passed before what had once been Canadian technology resurfaced in Germany. It became part of that nation’s “energiewende,” a state mandated green energy policy that has transformed Germany into the world’s foremost producer of solar energy. Yet, according to Canada’s only NABCEP Certified Solar Thermal Installer, James Smyth, there is more potential for solar thermal technology on the West Coast.
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Coal – America’s Unwanted Energy

The ECOreport looks into the West Coast’s resistance to one of the dirtiest fossil fuels,  Coal – America’s Unwanted Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe EPA’s finalization of its carbon regulations and Goldman Sach’s consequent decision to sell its investment in the Gateway Pacific Terminal underline a very important fact. Aside from rooftop solar, whose potential contribution to the world’s energy mix is limited, there are not many clean energy sources in the world.
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Site C, “As long as the Sun Shines, the Grass Grows & the Rivers Flow”

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe First Nations that signed treaty #8, in 1914, were promised the right to continue with their traditional way of life “for as long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the rivers flow.” The antiquity of their presence site is evidenced by prehistoric chert arrowheads, burials and local tradition. It has continued into modern times as a summer gathering place. When BC Hydro dams the Peace River, on site C, they will be taking away lands on which these people have hunted, fished and gathered their traditional medicine plants. Of Course a century ago no one knew that this could become one of the most promising liquid natural gas fields in the world.
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Does BC Really Need A Fracking Dam on Site C?

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMOne of the first questions that needs to be addressed, in regard to the proposed dam at site C on the Peace river, is why BC needs to be embark upon a $7.9 billion project at this time.
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Rooftop Solar: Why not BC?

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMIt was a hot August day. Thanks to the ten solar panels recently installed on his garage roof, Hans Wekking was getting more than enough energy for his house and his EV. Pointing to his meter box, he said, “Right now, its showing that we are putting power in the grid.” There would have been nothing unusual about this scene in California, but in British Columbia it made the news.
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Will the Northern Gateway Pipeline Ruin BC’s Economy?

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMSpain was once Europe’s most powerful nation. Her undoing came through the influx of gold bullion from her overseas Empire. The industries that would enable England, France and the Netherlands to thrive were washed were washed away in a flood of easy money. Once it dried up, there were only a handful of rich families ruling over a largely peasant population. Some fear that this may be happening to Western Canada.

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BC & Washington State Ferries join the Switch to Natural Gas

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMNatural gas fueled ferries will probably be sailing the Straight of Georgia and Puget Sound by 2016. BC Ferries is shopping around for three new vessels. Washington State Ferries has submitted a plan to switch six ships over from diesel.
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First Nation’s History Seen Through A Village Workshop

The ECOreport looks at First Nation’s History Seen Through A Village Workshop

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMI recently took part in a “Village Workshop” at the Klahoose New Relationship Building on Cortes Island, in BC. This is a novel introduction to the First Nations perception of their history in that it involves role playing.
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Keever Gave Most Alaskan Cruise Lines High Marks

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMPrincess Cruises have been voted “Best Cruise Line in Alaska” for the seventh year in a row, by the annual Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards. The cruise line also won awards for “Best Itinerary Design” and “Best Travel Agent Educational Program.” These are all industry awards. Every year Marcie Keever grades the environmental ratings of cruise  her Cruise Line Report.  The “B ” she gave the Princess  Line was good, but not exceptional.  Keever gave most Alaskan Cruise Lines high marks.
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Grizzly study sheds further light on bear numbers

press release from the BC Department of Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

VICTORIA – A study of grizzly bear populations released today provides further insight into populations in British Columbia, while confirming that provincial wildlife biologists continue to refine estimates with the best available science to ensure harvest levels are sustainable.
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