Non-Food Biofuels to Experience Greatest Growth, Lux Research Says

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe biofuel industry has been enjoying a 19.6% annual growth since 2005. That is about to change. The World’s 53.2 billion gallon biofuel industry could grow to over 60 billion gallons during the next few years. In their latest report, Lux Research predicts Non-Food Biofuels to Experience Greatest Growth.
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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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British Columbia’s Expanding EV Infrastructure

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMCortes Island is three ferry trips north of Vancouver. There are three hours of driving time. As you also spend a significant amount of time waiting, the trip can take six hours in peak season.   Some people think of Cortes as a throwback to the 1970‘s; others regard it as one of BC’s sustainable hubs. The major industry is tourism. There are around a thousand inhabitants, three hamlets and a number of non-profit organizations. There is also an EV charging station. I am told it has only been used once. This says a great deal about the extent of BC’s expanding EV infrastructure.
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