Tag Archives: BC’s Climate Leadership Team

If Elected, NDP Will Renew The BC Climate Leadership Team

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED: If Elected, NDP will renew the BC Climate Leadership Team

Press Release rom Clean Energy Canada

VANCOUVER — Merran Smith, Executive Director of Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the B.C. NDP’s announcement that, if elected, the party will renew the B.C. Climate Leadership Team and reconsider their recommendations:

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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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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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BC Government Has Not Released The Climate Leadership Plan

The ECOreport reposts notice that seven members of Premier Christy Clark’s Climate Leadership Team are concerned that  BC Government has not released The Climate Leadership Plan

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

VANCOUVER / COAST SALISH TERRITORY — Seven members of Premier Christy Clark’s Climate Leadership Team are voicing concern that the B.C. government has still not released a new Climate Leadership Plan that is needed if B.C. is to meet its legislated climate targets.

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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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Christy’s Solution to BC’s Climate Challenge

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThough some heralded the creation of a Climate Leadership Team one of the high points of her Premiership, there is no doubt they have caused Christy Clark anxiety. This “radical” group of individuals do not seem to realize their place! They have pointed to the province’s rising emissions, suggested that a massive build out of LNG terminals would be detrimental and said BC should raise the carbon tax. Some members of the team have even said that, far from being a Climate Leader, Clark has not undertaken any climate initiatives since she took office. So, as of tomorrow, the province will be implementing what appears to be Christy’s Solution to BC’s Climate Challenge.

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How Christy Clark Can Avoid Being Called A Climate Laggard

The ECOreport reposts the Pembina Institute’s advice: How Christy Clark Can Avoid Being Called A Climate Laggard

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Stephen Hui

Whenever Premier Christy Clark is asked about her climate change plans, she touts the success of the policies put in place by her predecessor Gordon Campbell in 2008. However, Clark won’t be able to ride on Campbell’s “climate leader” coattails for much longer.

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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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Pembina’s Comments on the BC Climate Leadership Plan

The ECOreport reposts the full text of Pembina’s Comments on the BC Climate Leadership Plan (with photos from their Flickr page)

Originally Posted on the Pembina Institute

This paper contains the Pembina Institute’s comments for the B.C. government’s second consultation period toward a new Climate Leadership Plan (CLP). Since our original submission published in August 2015, the Climate Leadership Team (CLT) has released its set of recommendations on what the next phase of the province’s climate actions should entail. As well, the Paris climate talks renewed global momentum for climate progress. On March 3, 2016, Canada’s first ministers and indigenous leaders will meet to hammer out a federal climate framework and establish principles to move together in a coordinated way to help Canada meet its international commitments to reduce carbon pollution.

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implement BC’s Climate Leadership plan

The ECOreport reposts a Public Letter calling on B.C.’s  Premier to implement BC’s Climate Leadership plan

Premier Christy Clark
PO Box 9041 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W9E1

February 9, 2016

Dear Premier Clark,

The Energy Forum is a collaboration of British Columbian power producers, industry associations and non-government organizations that are working together to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the nexus of energy, climate and ecosystems. Our members continue to support an ambitious Climate Leadership Plan that transitions B.C.’s buildings, vehicles and industries away from fossil fuels to become increasingly energy efficient and reliant on renewable energy, while minimizing impact on the environment. 1

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  1.  For more information, see the Climate Leadership Plan submission we made to government in August 2015 and the Call for Action on Energy and Climate that we initiated.