The ECOreport looks at a new study that provides answers, What do BC’s fossil fuel companies get for their campaign contributions?
By Roy L Hales
Fossil fuel companies pumped more than $5.1 million into British Columbia’s elections between 2008 and 2015. 92% of that money was given to the BC Liberal party, which was in office through-out that period. The remainder went to the leading opposition party, the New Democratic Party (NDP). A new report from the Centre for Policy Alternatives, MAPPING THE POLITICAL INFLUENCE examines the funds and lobbying data to get answers. So what do BC’s Fossil Fuel Companies Get For their Campaign Contributions?
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The ECOreport reposts the government of British Columbia’s response to Ottawa’s Pipeline Plan, British Columbia stands by 5 conditions
Editor’s Note: With a provincial election fast approaching, the government of BC must at least be seen to support its’ people’s interests
Press release from BC Gov News
Minister of Environment Mary Polak has issued the following statement on the federal decision regarding pipeline projects:
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The ECOreport looks at how BC Reacts To The NEB’s Pipeline Recommendation
By Roy L Hales
As everyone expected, the National Energy Board (NEB) has recommended that the Canadian Government approve Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion through the most populated area of British Columbia. The NEB believes the likelihood of a major oil spill “very low,” but “the potential significance” of such a spill “very high.” Kinder Morgan would be required to post calculations of the emissions from all industrial activities and those created during construction of the 1150 km (715 miles) pipeline. If the Trudeau Government agrees and the project goes forward, the number of tankers carrying diluted bitumen out of the Greater Vancouver area could increase from 1 or 2 a week to 10. These are some of the ways BC reacts to the NEB’s pipeline recommendation.
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By Roy L Hales
Rumour has it British Columbia may be on the verge of coming to an agreement with Alberta that could overcome one of the biggest hurdles confronting the Site C Dam project. Though the province is not expected to need the controversial dam’s electricity until about 2029, if ever, there are conditions under which Alberta might be willing to purchase it. Premier Rachel Notley told the Globe and Mail this isn’t a simple quid per quo deal, but also made it clear the deal must include a pipeline. In response, British Columbia’s Minister of Environment once again reaffirmed the position her government adopted in 2012. BC’s five conditions must be met before the government will support a pipeline project.
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The ECOreport reposts an announcement from British Columbia’s government: BC Seeks Comments On spill Preparedness & Response
Originally Published on BCNews
The Province is inviting British Columbians to review and comment on a new intentions paper around spill preparedness and response in B.C.
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The ECOreport ponders what is behind the fact BC wants input on a “world-leading” provincial spills regime
By Roy L Hales
Before May 20, the National Energy Board is expected to recommend that Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion be approved. If the Government of Canada agrees, we could see a seven-fold increase of tankers carrying diluted bitumen through the most populated area of British Columbia. In preparation for this, BC wants input on a “world-leading” provincial spills regime.
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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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By Roy L Hales
One of the smartest things Premier Christy Clark’s government has done was ask Matt Horne, of the Pembina Institute, to join BC’s Climate Leadership Team last year. The credibility they gained from that single act opened the door to new possibilities. Unfortunately that door appears to have shut . Premier Clark chose to ignore the suggestions made by her Climate Leadership Team. Yesterday Horne has released a statement that the proposed LNG facility on Lelu Island could become Canada’s largest carbon polluter.
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The ECOreport reposts a story from a university that has one of North America’s trend setters for two decades: UBC-Vancouver cuts emissions 30 per cent
Originally Published on UBC news
The University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent in 2015 compared with 2007 levels, the university announced today at the GLOBE 2016 conference.
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The ECOreport reposts an article about how environmentalists are targeting BC’s Minister of Forests as they try to save the Walbran’s old growth forest.
Press Release from the Wilderness Committee
Environmentalists at the Wilderness Committee are increasing their efforts to stop old-growth logging in Vancouver Island’s Central Walbran Valley, with a decentralized “phone blitz” today urging the BC government to address the issue.
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