Tag Archives: BC’s Climate Leadership Team

Pembina’s Clean Energy & Climate Debate Illustrated Very “Alternate” Realities

By Roy L Hales

With the election approaching, the Pembina Institute brought together prominent candidates from B.C.’s three major political parties to debate the province’s road to a more planet friendly future. Despite the  underlying tension, everyone was polite. There was laughter. Yet Pembina’s clean energy & climate debate illustrated very “alternate” realities.

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Can Canada Build More Pipelines? Or LNG Facilities?

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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Businesses Call On BC Government To Increase Carbon Tax

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMNormally, businesses do not petition government for higher taxes. Nor do they usually insist this would be good for the economy. However the tax credit is a central pillar of the 32 recommendations put forward by the province’s Climate Leadership Team. If the province follows their plan, they predict the GDP will grow by about 2.1% per year.  Now, in an open letter, 138 businesses call upon BC government to increase carbon tax.

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Christy’s Solution to BC’s Climate Challenge

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThough some heralded the creation of a Climate Leadership Team one of the high points of her Premiership, there is no doubt they have caused Christy Clark anxiety. This “radical” group of individuals do not seem to realize their place! They have pointed to the province’s rising emissions, suggested that a massive build out of LNG terminals would be detrimental and said BC should raise the carbon tax. Some members of the team have even said that, far from being a Climate Leader, Clark has not undertaken any climate initiatives since she took office. So, as of tomorrow, the province will be implementing what appears to be Christy’s Solution to BC’s Climate Challenge.

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