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Are the BC Liberals Better Fiscal Managers Than The NDP?

The ECOreport looks at unemployment & debt statistics to determine are the BC Liberals better fiscal managers than the NDP?

By Roy L Hales

The BC Liberals portray themselves as the party that brings economic stability and creates jobs. They claim the BC NDP and Green Party would introduce “reckless spending, higher taxes, and bigger government.” But, based on  their past performance, are the BC Liberals better fiscal managers than the NDP?

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Little Guys Can Prevail Over Big Corporations

The ECOreport looks at an update about Michigan’s new 15% Renewable Target , Little Guys Can Prevail Over Big Corporations

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Anti-wind activist Kevon Martis just sent an update about SB 438,  the bill that requiring Michigan to obtain 15% of its’ electricity from renewable sources. Martis’ initial response was discouragement. Then someone drew his attention to a clause in the final draft of that legislation that allows townships and counties to retain control over zoning for wind energy. Martis was reminded  that little guys can prevail over big corporations – but it takes a lot of work.

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What Has The Under2 MOU Changed?

Fossil Fuel Development Continues Unabated On The West Coast

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Are the drought conditions spreading throughout the West Coast connected to climate transformation? States of emergency have been declared in California, Washington and parts of Oregon. Though British Columbia has not experienced this, a recent computer simulation predicted 80% of its glaciers could disappear over the next decade. This entire region responded by joining with eight other states, on three continents, in a pact to tackle Climate Change. Yet the development of fossil fuel continues, so what has the Under 2 MOU changed on the West Coast?

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Blockade the Sabine Channel

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Broadcast on Cortes ( CKTZ, 89.5 FM) Powell River (CJMP, 90.1 FM) and Salt Spring Island ( CFSI, 107.9 & 102.1 Green FM) Community Radio Stations

Video courtesy Eoghan Moriarty of  ReelPortHearings.org 

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Four Questions About BC’s Coal Policies

The ECOreport asks the provincial Ministry of Energy & Mines four questions about BC’s coal policies

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1I recently asked the provincial government four questions about BC’s Coal Policies. Instead of answering the first three, their spokesperson replied, “I suggest you direct these questions to Port Metro Vancouver.” Only most of these questions were connected to the provincial Ministry of Energy and Mines decision to grant the Lafarge Canada facility on Texada Island a permit amendment so that it can handle up to 8 million tonnes of US thermal coal every year.

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Faith Leaders Opposing BC’s Coal Port Expansion

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMRev Dr Dorothy A Jeffery an ordained minister with the United Church of Canada is the spokesperson for Faith Leaders opposing BC’s coal port expansion.

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Canada’s Climate Inaction is a Harsh Contrast to US Actions

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It wasn’t so long ago that Prime Minister Stephen Harper referred to the oil sands “ethical oil” as a very important source of economic growth. Given the Canada’s renewable energies sector came into being during his watch and the government spent more research and development money on them than any other sector during 2012, it could be said Harper is pursuing his own “all of the above” program. The comparison ends with industry. Harper has not seriously addressed Canadian emissions. While international attention has focused on Alberta’s oil sands, BC’s government is hoping to harvest a trillion dollar economy by pursuing natural gas, coal and tar sands crude interests. Canada’s climate inaction is a harsh contrast to US actions.
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51 of BC’s faith Leaders Against Texada Coal Port Expansion

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Fifty one of BC’s faith leaders have written Christy Clark an open letter requesting she reconsider her decision to approve the expansion of coal facilities on Texada Island. This follows the discovery, last month, that the provincial government secretly approved a plan to expand for a tenfold to twentyfold increase of the material being exported to China. They wrote that coal is “the fossil fuel most directly linked to the rise of CO2 emissions in China” and “making money at the expense of the health and prosperity of the planet is wrong.”
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BC Coal Plan in the Dust

The ECOreport looks at why Vancouver communities oppose expansion of coal terminals, BC Coal Plan in the Dust 

Reprinted from the March/April 2014  Watershed Sentinel 

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMOn February 17, thermal coal was trading for $57.23. That’s a considerable drop from its $132 benchmark in 2011 and, as Clark Williams-Derry would say, the industry is now “territory reserved for risk-hungry financial speculators.” Not too long ago, there were plans to ship 80 million tons of coal through six terminals in Washington and Oregon. Now the number of proposed US ports has dropped to three and there are plans to transform BC’s Lower Mainland into North America’s #1 coal terminal.
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SNC Lavelin Hired for Health Assessment of Proposed Surrey Fraser Docks Coal Terminal

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMPort Metro Vancouver will not make a final decision about the Surrey Fraser Docks’ application to build a Direct Transfer Facility until June. According to Tim Blair, Senior Planner of Port Metro Vancouver, they are waiting for Surrey Fraser  Docks to submit a health assessment. One has to wonder if it is not a foregone conclusion. Blair said that SNC Lavelin, the same company that prepared the proposed coal facility’s Environmental Impact Statement, was retained for the health assessment.
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