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

Union of BC Municipalities opposes logging Vancouver Island’s Old Growth

The ECOreport reposts yet another story of local government sticking up for the people, Union of BC Municipalities opposes logging Vancouver Island’s Old Growth

Press Release from the Wilderness Committee

VICTORIA – Yesterday afternoon, mayors and councillors from across BC passed a motion to formally oppose old-growth logging on Vancouver Island.

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How North Carolina Will Make Energy Work By 2030

The ECOreport looks into the upcoming NCSEA conference and asks how North Carolina will make energy work by 2030.

By Roy L Hales

North Carolina’s economic leaders, and some politicians, know the next fourteen years are crucial. This is already America’s #3 solar state, with 1.93 GW of installed capacity.1  The area surrounding Raleigh has earned the nickname “Silicon Valley of smart grid.“This state is making impressive strides with their intelligent and high performance buildings, bioenergy, and wind energy. Yet Government has not taken a comprehensive look at its’ energy economy and energy policies for about a decade. So this year’s North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) conference focuses on how North Carolina will make energy work by 2030.
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  1. According to the NC Sustainable Energy Association; SEIA uses a higher figure – 2.294 GW

California Democrats Under Laundering Investigation

The ECOreport reposts a story about donations from oil, energy and utility influencing the 2014 Governor’s election, California Democrats Under Laundering Investigation 

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced on September 23 that it has opened an investigation into the California Democratic Party in response to a report by a prominent consumer group claiming that the party acted as a “laundry machine” to funnel donations from oil, energy and utility companies to Brown’s 2014 election campaign.
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Solar Prices in New York State

The ECOreport looks at a new report showing the range of solar prices in New York state

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmThough it can supply electricity for a fraction of the cost of conventional sources, there are great fluctuations in the market prices. The cost of an average installation ranges from $21,104 on Long Island to $11,715 in the Watertown area. A new report from Solar to the People shows the range of solar prices in New York state.

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The Presidential Race, Media & Donald Trump

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed about the U.S. Presidential Race, Media & Donald Trump

Originally Published on U of T News

No matter how hard you try, you can’t escape the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It’s everywhere – on television, in the papers, on Twitter, Facebook and countless blogs. But how do you make sense of it? Marcus Brauchli (below right), a self-styled Washington insider and former editor of the Washington Post, gave his thoughts to a rapt audience at the Munk School of Global Affairs this week in a discussion with Munk Fellow John Stackhouse, former editor of The Globe and Mail (below left). Here’s what Brauchli had to say about the presidential race, the upcoming debate, the media and, of course, Donald Trump.

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Coniferous Species Sharing Climate Adaption Genes

The ECOreport reposts news, a study of two coniferous species sharing climate adaption genes

Originally Published on UBC News

Despite 140 million years of independent evolution, two types of coniferous trees use the same small set of 47 genes to rapidly adapt to varying climates, an international team of forestry researchers have found in a new study, published today in Science.

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Seek Alternatives To Increasing Carbon Taxes

The ECOreport reposts a OP-ED about the need to seek alternatives to increasing Carbon Taxes

Originally Published on SFU News

On Sunday, September 18, Catherine McKenna, federal Environment Minister, announced the federal government will impose carbon pricing, such as a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system, on provinces with no regulations to curb Canada’s emissions.

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Opening Upper South Santiam River For Spawning

The ECOreport reposts news of an Oregon project that is opening upper South Santiam River for spawning

Press Release from Oregon State University

NEWPORT, Ore. – For the past several years, technicians have been trucking spring Chinook salmon above Foster Dam in Sweet Home to see if they would spawn, and if their offspring could survive the passage over the dam and subsequent ocean migration to eventually return as adults some 3-5 years later.

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BC Hydro Ratepayers Association Seeks Judicial Review of Site C Fisheries Permit

The ECOreport reposts BC Hydro Ratepayers Association Seeks Judicial Review of Site C Fisheries Permit

Press Release from the BC Hydro Ratepayers Association

Vancouver, BC, Sept 21, 2016 – The BC Hydro Ratepayers Association has filed for a Judicial Review of a fisheries permit related to the controversial Site C dam, arguing that the impact of the megaproject on the environment and on First Nations rights was not adequately justified before the permit was granted.
The permit or “Authorization”, issued in late August by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, “authorizes BC Hydro to conduct specified works and activities likely to result in serious harm to fish.” Environmental assessments of the Site C dam predict the project will cause the extinction of local populations of Arctic Grayling, a 90% reduction in the population of Mountain Whitefish, and substantial reductions in populations of already threatened Bull Trout.

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