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What Does The NDP-Green Agreement Mean for British Columbians?

The ECOreport asks,  what does the NDP-Green Agreement mean for British Columbians?

By Roy L Hales

Though still nominally premier, Christy Clark knows her government’s days are numbered. If she doesn’t resign, the BC Liberals will be toppled by a non confidence motion when the provincial legislature reassembles in June. Clark intends to continue as Leader of the Opposition. So what does the NDP-Green agreement mean for British Columbians?
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Pembina’s Clean Energy & Climate Debate Illustrated Very “Alternate” Realities

The ECOreport continues to cover BC’s 2017 election, Pembina’s Institute’s Climate Debate Presented Conflicting Realities

By Roy L Hales

With the election approaching, the Pembina Institute brought together prominent candidates from B.C.’s three major political parties to debate the province’s road to a more planet friendly future. Despite the  underlying tension, everyone was polite. There was laughter. Yet Pembina’s clean energy & climate debate illustrated very “alternate” realities.

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British Columbia’s Climate Leadership

The ECOreport looks at criticisms that British Columbia’s Climate Leadership ceased five years ago

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In 2008, British Columbia became the first North American jurisdiction to introduce a revenue-neutral carbon tax.  This drew international recognition. That was 8 years ago. The Pembina Institute suggests British Columbia’s climate leadership may be something in the past.

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Businesses Call On BC Government To Increase Carbon Tax

The ECOreport looks into why 138 businesses call upon BC government to increase carbon tax

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMNormally, businesses do not petition government for higher taxes. Nor do they usually insist this would be good for the economy. However the tax credit is a central pillar of the 32 recommendations put forward by the province’s Climate Leadership Team. If the province follows their plan, they predict the GDP will grow by about 2.1% per year.  Now, in an open letter, 138 businesses call upon BC government to increase carbon tax.

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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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Has Canada Come Back?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe Canadian delegation in Paris is more than 250 strong. In addition to the Prime Minister, five Premiers, representatives from the provinces and Territories whose Premiers did not attend, representatives from all the opposition parties, twenty negotiators, support staff, personal from the Canadian embassy in Paris, mayors, business people, youth leaders,  environmentalists and reporters. There has never been a Canadian delegation this large at any previous COP and the sheer size of this endeavour shows that  Canada is taking COP 21 seriously. After a decade of withdrawal from the fight against Climate Change, has Canada come back?

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Some Questions About BC’s Carbon Tax

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMBritish Columbia’s carbon tax has been extolled by authorities around the World. When it was first introduced, in 2008, the carbon tax rate was to increased by $5-per-tonne each year. The biggest criticism I’ve heard is that the province should not have capped it at $30-per-tonne in 2013. So, after reading that the International Monetary Fund invited Environment Minister Mary Polak to speak at the 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund in Peru, I asked the Ministry some questions about BC’s Carbon Tax.

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Canada is one of the top Nations for Renewable Investments

The ECOreport publishes Part Five of the Five Most Attractive Nations for Renewable Investments

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Canada is one of the top Nations for Renewable Investments. It ranked #5 in the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) last September. The total for investments jumped 26% in 2014, over the previous year, to $9 billion.
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