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Do The Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders Mean Business?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On 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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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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What Has The Under2 MOU Changed?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Are 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?

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