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Canada Needs Climate Churchills, Not Chamberlains

The ECOreport comments on the pan-Canadian climate plan, Canada needs climate Churchills, not Chamberlains

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Some believe the pan-Canadian climate plan is an important milestone on the pathway to mid-century decarbonization. The Federal government and provinces have agreed to “adopt strengthened building codes, to implement an effective clean fuels standard, and to increase the carbon price after 2022.” However Saskatchewan did not sign the agreement and Premiers like Christy Clark and Rachel Notley only did so because they were given “flexibility” to expand their province’s fossil fuel infrastructure.  Future generations may look back upon the Trudeau era as the peak of LNG and oil sands development. Canada needs climate Churchills, not Chamberlains.

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Canada Gets It

The ECOreport looks at new report from Environment and Climate Change Canada shows Canada “gets it”

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Last December, Canada thrilled the world’s environmental community by announcing its return to the fight against climate change. After its’ dazzling performance at Paris, the newly elected Trudeau government promptly returned to energy policies of the preceding administration. More than 130 scientists condemned the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s report on the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG terminal as “a symbol of what is wrong with environmental decision-making in Canada.” The proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, in British Columbia’s most populated area, will undoubtedly be approved on December 19. This would result in a threefold increase in the number of oil tankers sailing through Vancouver, which aspires to be the world’s greenest city. Then there is the ongoing melodrama connected to the proposed Energy east pipeline in eastern Canada. Disenchantment is spreading through the environmental community. Despite this, a new report from Environment and Climate Change Canada shows Canada “gets it.”

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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 Selling Canada Out

The ECOreport looks at the approval of Pacific Northwest LNG and concludes this is another example of Trudeau Sellling Canada Out

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmEven Canada’s public broadcaster, the CBC, was critical of the government’s approval of Lelu Island.  Environment reporter Margo McDermid called the Pacific Northwest LNG project the “first real test of the Liberal’s approach to the environment and energy.” Her colleague, Chris Hall, added that approving this project “is going to put an enormous amount of pressure on Justin Trudeau to explain how approving a project that will generate millions of tons in greenhouse gas emissions can also help them meet (the) climate change targets they agreed to in Paris.”1 Few doubt that Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister started out with good intentions. The Globe and Mail recently called Trudeau’s attempt to please environmental groups and the fossil fuel sector “mission impossible.” For many environmentalists, the honeymoon lasted for around three months. This is just the latest example of what many perceive as Trudeau selling Canada out.

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  1. The National, January 27, 2016

What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

The ECOreport looks at new Canada, US & Mexico agreement and asks What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Future generations may look back on the agreement that Canada, the United States and Mexico just signed as a significant milestone,  or maybe not. What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

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Will Trudeau Protect Canada’s Environment?

The ECOreport looks at the Canadian government’s announcement of a comprehensive review of environmental and regulatory processes. Will Trudeau protect Canada’s environment?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCanada’s new government faces tough challenges. They were elected on a wave of frustration with the previous regime’s petro-politics. Understandably, the oil and gas industry was “very concerned.” Up until now, corporate concerns have taken a priority over the welfare and desires of ordinary Canadians. Yesterday, the government announced a comprehensive review of environmental and regulatory processes. Will Trudeau protect Canada’s environment?

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Climate Experts Tell Canada “Reject Pacific Northwest LNG”

The ECOreport reposts Climate Experts Tell Canada “Reject Pacific Northwest LNG”

Press Release from the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition

Some of the world’s leading experts on climate change – including former NASA scientist James Hansen, and Tim Flannery, chief councilor of Australia’s Climate Commission and a world expert on climate change – have called on the Trudeau government to reject a massive liquefied natural gas project proposed for the Skeena region of Northern British Columbia.

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Canada’s New Climate Action Website

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe Conference Board of Canada just gave Canada a “D” overall on its’ environmental report card.  Only the United States and Australia rank worse among our “peer” nations, and individual provinces like Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland received even lower marks! This is an ideal time for the launch of  Canada’s New Climate Action Website.

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Continued Miscarriage of Government at Site C

The ECOreport summarizes new evidences of the continued miscarriage of government at Site C

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe proposed $12 billion Site C Dam has been controversial since it was originally proposed, more than 50 years ago. This project appears to violate Treaty 8, which granted use of the land that will be submerged to local First Nations. The B.C. Utilities Commission turned the project down twice, because B.C. Hydro could not prove there was a need for the power. Many believe that is why Premier Christy Clark’s Government has not allowed the commission to review the project during her tenure. The Canadian Government is now deeply involved in this project, which means local landowners, First Nations and environmentalists are attempting to defend the Peace River Valley against the very people who were elected to look after their interests. There are new evidences of the continued miscarriage of government at Site C.

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Trudeau Has Not Deceived Us

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThough some are shocked by revelations that the Prime Minister has made the Energy East and Trans Mountain pipeline projects a priority, this is not inconsistent with the views he has expressed in the past.  Trudeau has not deceived us.

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