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Can Canada Build More Pipelines? Or LNG Facilities?

The ECOreport asked scientists, environmentalists, politicians and spokespersons from the Governments of Alberta, BC and Canada: If we want to limit climate change, can Canada build more pipelines?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In a recent interview with the ECOreport, Simon Fraser University Climate Scientist Dr, Kirsten Zickfeld described Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s idea of fighting climate change while expanding the oil sands and building new pipelines as “delusional.” There is only a finite amount of carbon we can release into the atmosphere and if we hope keep the global temperature rise to 2 degrees C. We are already close to 1.5 degrees and may pass that threshold this year. Even if we do not build any new fossil fuel infrastructure, Canada will exhaust “its’ fair share” of carbon emissions by 2030. These were quite strong statements, so I asked a couple of other scientists – as well as environmentalists, politicians and government spokespersons – Can Canada build more pipelines? Or LNG facilities?
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Bitumen Sinks & Is Almost Impossible to Clean Up

The ECOreport radio interviews about the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion: Bitumen Sinks & Is Almost Impossible to Clean Up

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPrior to his election as Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau promised that the National Energy Board hearings on the proposed Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion would not go forward. We need a new review process, which both focuses on science and seeks social license in the areas where projects like this are being suggested. That changed after his election. The hearings resumed and, sometime before May 20, the National Energy Board is expected to recommend the Trans Mountain project be approved. If the Prime Minister agrees, there will be a seven-fold increase of diluted bitument coming through the most populated area of British Columbia. In anticipation of the proposed pipeline, the province of British Columbia is drawing up legislation for “world-leading provincial spills regime.” This is the backdrop for the ECOreport’s Monday, April 11, program on CKTZ:   Bitumen sinks and is almost impossible to clean up.

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Canadian Government Will Proceed With Site C

The ECOreport presents snippets from this week’s Question Period showing the Canadian Government will proceed with Site C.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMDespite the perceived violation of Treaty #8 and ongoing environmental destruction of the Peace River, Justin Trudeau’s government was evasive when opposition member s of parliament (MPSs) questioned them about the Site C Dam Project this week. Yet while Jim Carr’s non answers were pure spin, Catherine McKenna made it clear the  Canadian Government Will Proceed With Site C.

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When A Government Betrays Its’ People

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere is more than one sense in which the recent Canadian election marks the change of a dynasty. The names have changed but, with one exception, up until now the majority of British Columbian representatives sent to parliament have been Conservative since 1974. After 1993, when the Reform party made its’ appearance, they have usually been elected in more than 20 seats. The events that brought about their downfall are so similar to the situation developing in the Pacific NorthWest that they should be studied together. There are repercussions when a government betrays its’ people.

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Can We Trust Justin To Deliver?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The extent of the LIberal victory is not unbelieveable. Once Canadians knew that our choice was either Stephen Harper or Justin Trudeau, most of the votes against the Conservatives were marked Liberals. This was not a choice on Vancouver Island, where the only alternative seemed like the NDP. Yet in the midst of this negativity, the vision of a government that truly represents the will of the people was born. The Liberals were able to sieze hold of this. Can We Trust Justin To Deliver?

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Our Vancouver Island Voting Conundrum

Our Vancouver Island Voting Conundrum: Green or New Democrat?  What a year. What an election!

By Guy Dauncey

I still have confidence that this will be a turnaround year for the climate crisis, even if the Paris Conference does not yield the results needed. It has now become acceptable for countries to aim 100% renewable energy and full decarbonization by 2050, although sooner and faster is needed.

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The Protests Have Begun At Site C

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There were around 50 local residents and First Nations members gathered in front of the Old Fort Road entrance to the Site C Dam project. They arrived at 10 a.m. on Saturday, carried signs saying things like “Site C sucks,” “No Consent for Site C,” “Stop Site C, Run Burrard Thermal” and “Shame.” In the photograph at the top of this page, you see them blocking the gravel road, but this was a peaceful assembly and they moved aside when a truck drove up. The protests have begun at Site C.

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Clean Energy & Climate Change In This Election

Clean Energy Canada’s comparison of the Federal  Parties’ positions; Clean Energy & Climate Change In This Election

Originally Published on Clean Energy Canada

By Sarah Petrevan and Dan Woynillowicz

It’s Day 74 and we’re on the home stretch of the longest federal campaign since Sir John A. MacDonald took on Edward Blake in 1872. A lengthy writ can make it challenging to wade through the sea of commitments, so let’s look at where each of the four major parties are staking their claim on advancing clean energy and climate solutions.

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Poll Shows Harper Trailing In 7 Key BC Ridings

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1With only five days left until the election, a new poll commissioned by the Dogwood Initiative shows the NDP losing the lead it had only a month ago, while both the Conservatives and Liberals surging ahead. Mario Canseco, of the market research company Insights West, says “it is a very close race,” but the poll shows Harper trailing in 7 key BC Ridings.

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What About The Green Party?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe thing I love about Nanos polls is that they list a second party their respondents are considering. This shows gives us a better picture of the potential growth for each party. As you can see in the bar chart above, the Conservatives (CPC) are really the nation’s third choice. However the NDP and Liberals keep cancelling each other out. This the Conservatives, who have not received 40% of the popular vote since 1988, have been in power for a decade.  But what about the Green Party?
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