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What do BC’s Fossil Fuel Companies Get For their Campaign Contributions?

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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Site C, LNG & Rising Emissions

The ECOreport looks into British Columbia’s growing problems with Site C, LNG & rising emissions

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe government of British Columbia likes to portray itself as a climate leader. It is among the among the signatories of the Under2 MOU. (An international Memorandum of Understanding calling for member states to Member states to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 80% to 95% below the 1990 benchmark by 2050, or achieve a per capita annual emission target of less than 2 metric tons by 2050.) Premier Christy Clark was highly visible member of the Canadian team at COP 21, but there was no reference to the province’s much publicized Climate Action Plan in the budget Minister of Finance Michael de Jong released yesterday. It is expected to produce Site C, LNG & rising emissions.

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Bill 30: A Deal Born of Desperation

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The BC legislature is debating Bill 30, the Liquefied Natural Gas Project Agreements Act, today.  Premier Christy Clark claims this legislation will “give business certainty and keep British Columbia competitive; to ensure British Columbians see the benefits of the resource they own; and to ensure we build the cleanest LNG facilities in the world.” Critics have another name for Bill 30: a deal born of Desperation.

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Thousands of Canadians Defend Our Climate

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On Saturday, May 10, thousands of Canadians Defend our Climate in Demonstrations  were held in every province except Newfoundland, as well as in the Yukon and Nunavik.
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BC at the Razor’s Edge: LNG & Climate Change

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMWhen Finance Minister Mike de Jong said “We continue to balance on a razor’s edge,” he was referring to the new budget – but this is a suitable description of the Liberal Government’s economic policy.
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