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Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future

The ECOreport publishes an Op-ED about plans to expand North America’s fossil fuel production, Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future 

By Roy L Hales

Alberta’s oil industry won a symbolic victory. President Trump calls his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline “a great day for jobs and energy independence” in the United States. Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) admits the industry is not using its’ current pipeline capacity1 and adding more pipelines is “not consistent with the Paris Accord’s commitment to keep (Global) warming to two degrees Celsius, or its aspirational goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”2 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline is about our future on a planet where the scale and pace of extreme weather events is increasing.

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  1. Canadian crude oil export pipelines are utilized at 85 to 90 per cent of their capacity … based on respective historical utilization rates.” – Canada’s Energy Future 2016, National Energy Board, p 92
  2.  Ibid, p 115

Germany’s G-20 Presidency May Prevent Backsliding on Climate Actions

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about Germany’s G-20 Presidency May Prevent Backsliding on Climate Actions

Originally published on Center for American Progress

By Gwynne Taraska, Pete Ogden, Nancy Alexander, and Howard Marano

This column previews a forthcoming report from the Center for American Progress and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America.

To date, 17 countries of the G-20—which account for 67 percent of global greenhouse gas pollution—have officially joined the Paris Agreement, bringing it into effect far sooner than anyone expected. If these countries follow through with their commitments to reduce emissions, it will represent unprecedented progress in the global effort to curb climate change.

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Alternate Fuels Will Power 1/3 World’s Vehicles By 2030

The ECOreport looks at a new paper predicting that alternate fuels will power 1/3 world’s vehicles by 2030

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1We already possess sufficient clean alternatives to take over from most fossil fuels. Only, the world’s economies are market driven. Clean technologies need to be competitively priced before mass adoption is possible. Some argue this will change as the true cost of fossil fuels becomes more evident. A new Lux Research report uses a more conservative approach, when it predicts alternate fuels will power of the 1/3 world’s vehicles by 2030.

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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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The Green Platform Reflects Leap Manifesto Policy

The ECOreport reposts how the Green platform reflects Leap Manifesto policy

Originally Published on the Green Party of Canada

This is a re-issued media release from September 15, 2015.

(OTTAWA) September 15, 2015 – The Green Party of Canada commends the signatories of the Leap Manifesto which is unveiled today in Toronto.

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72 Scientists Call for a Carbon Free Economy By 2050

72 Scientists Call for a Carbon Free Economy By 2050

Originally Published on Oregon State University News

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A group of 72 leading climate change scientists have written a letter to major United States presidential candidates urging strong American leadership on clean energy – and calling for a “vibrant economy free from carbon pollution by mid-century.”

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Fossil Fuels receive Almost 4X more Subsidies

The World’s Fossil fuels companies receive $452 billion a year, compared to $121 billion for renewables. Fossil Fuels receive Almost 4X more Subsidies

Originally Published on Energydesk

by Zachary Davies Boren

Oil, gas and coal companies around the world get nearly four times as much money in subsidies as renewable energy ventures.

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Help Save UK Solar

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In 2010 the U.K. set up a solar feed-in tariff (FiT) that has far more successful than they anticipated. They slashed it in half the following year and now propose to slash the tariff another 87% in January 2016. Only Britain’s rooftop solar industry is not yet ready to stand on its’ own, so Solar Compared sent out the infogram below in the hope it will help save UK solar.

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The Democratic Climate Plans

As the 2016 US election and primaries draws near, the question rises: which candidates would do the most for the environment? What are the Democratic Climate Plans?

Originally Published on Clean Technica

by Cynthia Shahan

The 2016 presidential election and primaries are heating up, and one of the hottest topics at the moment is who should and will get the Democratic nomination — Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. ThinkProgress has created a simple but illuminating chart that illustrates the climate plans of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, as well as Martin O’Malley. Personally, I try to choose candidates who have proof they care to protect and improve human rights for all, so it is nice to see someone dig beneath the rhetoric.

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Fossil Fuels Get Half-A-Trillion-Dollar Christmas Present From Taxpayers

Originally published on Clean Technica

By Zach Shahan

Fossil fuels have dominated the global energy market and even the global economy for a long time. You would think that such mature industries wouldn’t need government subsidies — their annual revenue and profits are mind-boggling. However, with money comes power. And that money-power has a stranglehold on governments of the world such that it convinces governments to give them even more money in subsidies. Another recent study comes to the conclusion that the total annual subsidies fossil fuel companies get from governments in the developed world comes to about half a trillion dollars. This follows a 2010 study from the International Energy Agency that found fossil fuel industries got $550 billion in annual subsidies.
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