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70% Of Canadians Want A Clean Energy Transition ASAP

The ECOreport looks at a Clean Energy Canada poll on the national climate and clean growth plan, 70% of Canadians want a  clean energy transition asap

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Though  Donald Trump’s election casts a long shadow on energy matters, a new poll finds that it is making little impact on public opinion north of the border. Only 17% of the respondents think Canada should follow Trump’s lead and  stick with fossil fuels. “If anything, this survey suggests that the new U.S. leader’s position actually makes Canadians more inclined to support clean energy here at home,” said Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada. They perceive the future in terms of a low carbon economy and 70% of Canadians want a clean energy transition asap.

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British Columbia Is Sabotaging Canada’s Climate Actions

The ECOreport looks at a report that shows British Columbia is sabotaging Canada’s Climate Actions

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1British Columbia introduced its’ carbon tax on July 1, 2008. Though Premier Christy Clark’s only contribution was to freeze the rates in 2012, her government portrays itself as a climate leader. Most recently, our province received one of 13 ‘Momentum for Change’ awards handed out at COP 22. A new report shows that, far from being a climate leader, British Columbia is sabotaging Canada’s climate actions.

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Do The Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders Mean Business?

As the Governor’s of Washington, Oregon and California join with BC to sign a new climate plan,The ECOreport asks do the Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders mean business?  

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On June 1, 2016, the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California joined British Columbia’s Environment Minister and representatives from six West Coast cities, in the Borgia Room of San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel, to sign what history may show was a key milestone in the struggle to mount a concerted defence against the ravages of global temperature rise. The 2016 Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action Plan has a strong emphasis on issues like ocean acidification; the integration of clean energy into the power grid; “support for efforts by the insurance industry and regulatory system to highlight the economic costs of climate change; and so-called “super pollutants” (also known as short-lived climate pollutants).” This sounds good, but do the Pacific Coast’s “Climate Leaders” mean business?

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Does BC Still Have A Cap On LNG Emissions?

As the province clears the way for a massive build-out, , the ECOreport asks, Does BC still have a cap on LNG emissions?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Years before Premier Christy Clark dreampt of the billion dollar opportunity to frack British Columbia, the province set a cap on LNG emissions. As of Jaunary 1, facilities can produce higher emissions than was previously allowed “by purchasing offsets or buying funded units.” 1 Does BC still have a cap on LNG emissions?

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BC’s 20 “Unlikely to Succeed” LNG Plants

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Bloomberg recently stated that due to “weakening Asia economies, cheap coal, the return of nuclear power in Japan and the ever-expanding glut” of LNG plants, only 5 of the 90 LNG plants planned five years ago are needed. BC’s 20 “Unlikely to Succeed” LNG Plants were at the bottom of this list.

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BC’s 4.6m Fracking Quake

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The recent  earthquake near Wonowon is the largest of over 500 seismic events, in northeastern BC, believed to be caused by hydraulic fracturing. It may be remembered as BC’s 4.6m fracking quake.
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A Call for Comments on BC’s Climate Action

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In December, the World’s leaders will meet in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Many hope they will be able to forge an international agreement that lays out clear, fair and ambitious targets for every country on the globe. Consequently, the province has sent out a call for comments on BC’s Climate Action.

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Those Fracking Quakes Keep Getting Bigger

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Prior to 2013, there was one measurable quake a year at Fox Creek, Alberta. Then Chevron, Shell, Exxon and other major players started fracking in the surrounding hills. There has been 160 “small” quakes since then. After the first 4.4 quake this year, the Alberta Energy Regulator laid out a “traffic light system” whereby they are to be informed of any 2.0 quakes and when quakes are 4.0 or stronger companies are to cease operations. Fox Creek experienced another 4.4, which was felt 130 miles to the east in Edmonton, on June 13. Those Fracking quakes keep getting bigger.

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Does Ernst & Young’s LNG Report Vindicate BC?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are credible experts who believe that, with proper regulation and enforcement, it is possible to have a trustworthy fracking industry. They also say this does not yet exist in North America. Personally, I think the industry is out of control and BC’s government is desperate to get in bed with it. Last week the government released a report from Ernst & Young (EY) which the Minister of Natural Gas Development says “British Columbians can have confidence they are benefiting from a clean, well regulated natural gas industry.” Does Ernst & Young’s LNG report vindicate BC?

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The CEAA Has Not Been Taking Comments

The Comment Period For Delta’s Proposed LNG Terminal Has Been Reset to End June 24

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s (CEAA) 20-day comment period for a proposed mega-sized LNG terminal in Delta, BC, began on May 22. If the WesPack Tilbury Marine Jetty is built, it can bring up to 120 LNG tankers and 90 LNG  carriers to the Fraser River every year. This might have totally escaped our notice, if someone from Voters Taking Action On Climate Change (VTACC) hadn’t seen a notice a notice about the proposed LNG facility on the British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office’s (BC EAO) website. That was last week. Today, a day before the comment period officially ends, word came that the CEAA has not been taking comments.

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