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
Though 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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The ECOreport looks at a report that shows British Columbia is sabotaging Canada’s Climate Actions
By Roy L Hales
British Columbia introduced its’ carbon tax on July 1, 2008. Though Premier Christy Clark’s only contribution was to freeze the rates in 2012, her government portrays itself as a climate leader. Most recently, our province received one of 13 ‘Momentum for Change’ awards handed out at COP 22. A new report shows that, far from being a climate leader, British Columbia is sabotaging Canada’s climate actions.
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As the Governor’s of Washington, Oregon and California join with BC to sign a new climate plan,The ECOreport asks do the Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders mean business?
By Roy L Hales
On June 1, 2016, the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California joined British Columbia’s Environment Minister and representatives from six West Coast cities, in the Borgia Room of San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel, to sign what history may show was a key milestone in the struggle to mount a concerted defence against the ravages of global temperature rise. The 2016 Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action Plan has a strong emphasis on issues like ocean acidification; the integration of clean energy into the power grid; “support for efforts by the insurance industry and regulatory system to highlight the economic costs of climate change; and so-called “super pollutants” (also known as short-lived climate pollutants).” This sounds good, but do the Pacific Coast’s “Climate Leaders” mean business?
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The ECOreport reposts the Pembina Institute’s advice: How Christy Clark Can Avoid Being Called A Climate Laggard
Originally Published on the Pembina Institute
By Stephen Hui
Whenever Premier Christy Clark is asked about her climate change plans, she touts the success of the policies put in place by her predecessor Gordon Campbell in 2008. However, Clark won’t be able to ride on Campbell’s “climate leader” coattails for much longer.
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The ECOreport reposts the full text of Pembina’s Comments on the BC Climate Leadership Plan (with photos from their Flickr page)
Originally Posted on the Pembina Institute
This paper contains the Pembina Institute’s comments for the B.C. government’s second consultation period toward a new Climate Leadership Plan (CLP). Since our original submission published in August 2015, the Climate Leadership Team (CLT) has released its set of recommendations on what the next phase of the province’s climate actions should entail. As well, the Paris climate talks renewed global momentum for climate progress. On March 3, 2016, Canada’s first ministers and indigenous leaders will meet to hammer out a federal climate framework and establish principles to move together in a coordinated way to help Canada meet its international commitments to reduce carbon pollution.
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As the province clears the way for a massive build-out, , the ECOreport asks, Does BC still have a cap on LNG emissions?
By Roy L Hales
Years before Premier Christy Clark dreampt of the billion dollar opportunity to frack British Columbia, the province set a cap on LNG emissions. As of Jaunary 1, facilities can produce higher emissions than was previously allowed “by purchasing offsets or buying funded units.” Does BC still have a cap on LNG emissions?
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The ECOreport reposts: Westpac Needs To Reveal The Scale of Delta LNG
Press Release from Voters Taking Action On Climate Change
Vancouver – The public has until midnight Dec 21 to comment to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) on the scope of the draft assessment for the proposed LNG Terminal on the Fraser River at Tilbury Island, next to the existing FortisBC liquefaction facility. The project would see up to 90 LNG tankers and 34 large LNG barges moving down the Fraser River each year. The US proponent, Wespac Midstream, has indicated it wants to export LNG obtained from Fortis BC to Alaska, Hawaii and Asia, in addition to bunkering LNG powered vessels along the west coast. Fortis BC is currently pursuing LNG contracts with Hawaii.
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Premier Christy Clark introduced the Team in May 2015. Now there are 8 Things About B.C.’s Climate Leadership Team Report you should know.
Originally Published by The Pembina Institute
By Matt Horne
As a member of B.C.’s Climate Leadership Team, it was a nice milestone to see the team’s recommendations publicly released last week. We spent five months figuring out how the B.C. government could reduce carbon pollution, grow the economy and regain its status as a climate leader.
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By Roy L Hales
Bloomberg recently stated that due to “weakening Asia economies, cheap coal, the return of nuclear power in Japan and the ever-expanding glut” of LNG plants, only 5 of the 90 LNG plants planned five years ago are needed. BC’s 20 “Unlikely to Succeed” LNG Plants were at the bottom of this list.
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There will be a rally in defense of the Peace River Valley in front of the BC Hydro buidling in downtown Vancouver on Sunday, October 4th, 2015
A public letter from Andrea Morison, of the Peace Valley Environment Association
Hello Peace Valley Supporters,
You’ll be pleased to know that a young woman residing in Vancouver while she attends university has taken the initiative to coordinate a rally in defense of the Peace River Valley in front of the BC Hydro buidling in downtown Vancouver on Sunday, October 4th, 2015.
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