There were good reasons to exempt railroads from local control when they were first built across North America, but that has changed. The railways might never have been built, if the had not been protected from a multitude of municipal taxes and regulations. There are different challenges today. The question is whether local communities have a right to decide what projects make sense for them. This is the central issue behind the council vote Tuesday night, when Whatcom County imposed 60 day moratorium on unrefined oil projects.
Are the drought conditions spreading throughout the West Coast connected to climate transformation? States of emergency have been declared in California, Washington and parts of Oregon. Though British Columbia has not experienced this, a recent computer simulation predicted 80% of its glaciers could disappear over the next decade. This entire region responded by joining with eight other states, on three continents, in a pact to tackle Climate Change. Yet the development of fossil fuel continues, so what has the Under 2 MOU changed on the West Coast?
The coal terminals in BC’s Lower Mainland are being enlarged to handle a great deal more cargo. The capacity of Neptune Terminals, in North Vancouver, has doubled. Westshore Terminals, in Delta, has applied to make a $230 million “upgrade.” It has yet to be seen if a new coal terminal will go in at Fraser Surrey Docks. Just before Burnaby’s council passed a resolution showing their opposition to the proposal, Mayor Derek Corrigan commented that BC is turning into a Banana Republic. Continue reading Burnaby’s Mayor Compares BC To a Banana Republic→
The ECOreport looks into the West Coast’s resistance to one of the dirtiest fossil fuels, Coal – America’s Unwanted Energy
By Roy L Hales
The EPA’s finalization of its carbon regulations and Goldman Sach’s consequent decision to sell its investment in the Gateway Pacific Terminal underline a very important fact. Aside from rooftop solar, whose potential contribution to the world’s energy mix is limited, there are not many clean energy sources in the world. Continue reading Coal – America’s Unwanted Energy→