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What Does The NDP-Green Agreement Mean for British Columbians?

The ECOreport asks,  what does the NDP-Green Agreement mean for British Columbians?

By Roy L Hales

Though still nominally premier, Christy Clark knows her government’s days are numbered. If she doesn’t resign, the BC Liberals will be toppled by a non confidence motion when the provincial legislature reassembles in June. Clark intends to continue as Leader of the Opposition. So what does the NDP-Green agreement mean for British Columbians?
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BC’s Fossil Fuel Dreams May Be Over

The ECOreport looks at the 2016 provincial election’s outcome, BC’s Fossil Fuel Dreams May Be Over.

By Roy L Hales

The final outcome of British Columbia’s election will not be known until absentee ballots are counted. Premier Christy Clark currently leads, with 43 seats as opposed to the NDP’s 41 and the Green party’s 3. Unless these results change, BC’s Fossil Fuel Dreams May Be Over.

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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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Poll Finds Canadians Expect Federal Action Against Emissions

The ECOreport looks at what the nation thinks Prime Minister Trudeau should do,  poll finds Canadians expect Federal curbing against emissions

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmWhat do the people of Canada think? The oil rich provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan want to build more pipelines to carry diluted bitumen from the oil sands. The Liberal government of British Columbia dreams of  developing a “trillion dollar” LNG opportunity. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to be appeasing them, in return for provincial support for a national plan to curb Canada’s C02 emissions. The goal is to reduce our emissions to 30% below the 2005 level by 2030, but the concessions inherit in Trudeau’s collaborative approach could subvert any attempt to tackle climate change. A new poll finds Canadians expect Federan action against emissions.
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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

How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

The ECOreport looks at the First Minister’s meeting. How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAfter two days of sometimes heated meetings behind closed door, Canada’s first ministers emerged with an agreement as to their overall goals for a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.  The contentious issues, like carbon pricing mechanisms, emissions caps and oil pipelines, have been left for another First Ministers meeting in the fall. So How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

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Canada Promises To Increase Clean Tech Investments

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMToday, more than a billion people do not have electricity.  While the world is expected to have up to 50% more energy by 2050, the population will also be much larger. That is why  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined French President François Hollande, U.S. President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and 17 other countries in a partnership that seeks to double government investment in clean energy research and development over the next five years. Canada promises to increase clean tech investments.

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Renewables Are Big Business In Canada And Getting Bigger

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1“Renewables Are Big Business In Canada And Getting Bigger” is an ECO Radio interview with Merran Smith, Director of Clean Energy Canada, about how the incredible growth of Canada’s Clean Tech sector should serve as a wake-up call to both Bay Street and the Conservative Government  ©2015 Roy L Hales. Interview conducted by Roy L Hales.

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Renewables Are Big Business In Canada And Getting Bigger

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1According Clean Energy Canada’s report Tracking the Energy Revolution, last year there were more Canadians working directly in clean energy jobs – such as efficiency, clean transportation, biofuels, wind and solar energy –  than were directly employed in the oil sands. Roughly $6.5 Billion US was invested in this nation’s clean energy sector. Only  four of the five principal investment firms are either German or Japanese. Renewables are big business in Canada and getting bigger.

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