The ECOreport attended the COP 22 press conference and looks at the disconnect between Canada’s climate words & fossil fuel investments
By Roy L Hales
A year has passed since the World proclaimed its’ resolve to keep the average global temperature rise below 2 degrees. The Canadian government appears to be green lighting the expansion of our emissions heavy fossil fuel sector through the addition of Woodfibre LNG terminal, Pacific Northwest LNG terminal and at least one more pipeline to carry diluted bitumen to the West Coast. (Natural Resources Minister Jim Car says that the now expected U.S. approval of the Keystone XL pipeline does not change the fact Canada needs more access to Asian markets.) They are expected to approve the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would tripple the tanker traffic flowing past the city of Vancouver, on December 19. The hearings for an even larger project in eastern Canada, Energy East, have been temporarily on hold since the entire panel had to recluse itself because “their participation in these meetings may have created an apprehension of bias which could undermine the integrity and the credibility of the Board’s decision making process.” Despite the fact emissions from the gas and oil sectors are one of the principal contributors to our rising emissions, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says “there is no turning back” in the fight against climate change. At the press conference following the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) at Marrakech, she was confronted about the disconnect between Canada’s climate words & fossil fuel investments.
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The ECOreport reposts New Video Reveals The Risks Of Using LNG tankers
Originally published on the Common Sense Canadian
A new, short video illustrates in vivid detail the dangers posed by plans to run LNG tankers through narrow, densely populated coastal waterways in places like Howe Sound, Saanich Inlet, Prince Rupert and Kitimat. Drawing on data and studies from global leaders in the field of LNG tanker safety, the video superimposes tanker danger zones over planned shipping routes, demonstrating how many coastal communities would face death, injury and property damage in the event of a mishap.
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The ECOreport looks at Dogwood Initiative Poll calls on BC’s Government to put Citizens First
By Roy L Hales
A new Insights West poll found that found that 86% of British Columbians would support a ban on corporate and union donations before the next election. Only 32% of the respondents believe the government represents their interests. The top three perceived influences were: corporations (by 90% of respondents), lobbyists (60%) and foreign investors (58%). The Poll calls on BC’s Government to put citizens first.
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By Roy L Hales
Though Justin Trudeau’s election was largely a reaction to the oil patch politics of the Harper regime, it also marked a renaissance of faith in our nation’s democratic process. Under the Conservatives, this was a one day event that happened every four years. Providing he has the fortitude to endure the criticisms of “radicals,” the Prime Minister was largely free to impose upon the nation. Trudeau promised to change that. Aside from lavish public displays like our procession at COP 21 and the a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, this new government does not appear to be substantially more democratic that its’ predecessor. The question, after this week’s convention, is will the NDP give British Columbians a voice?
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The ECOreport reposts a public letter about Environmental Minister Catherine McKenna’s Lack Of Due Diligence On Woodfibre LNG
Originally Published on My Sea To Sky
TO: The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
RE: An open letter to Minister Catherine McKenna regarding lack of due diligence on approval of
the Woodfibre LNG project
I cannot adequately express my anger, disappointment, and despair upon learning that you have given the green light for the proposed Woodfibre LNG project in Howe Sound, BC.
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By Roy L Hales
The environmental community has been watching Justin Trudeau’s Liberals closely, to see how they live up to their promise to give Canada a low carbon, climate resistant economy. The new government’s performance at COP 21 was nothing less than stellar. While the Federal government’s meeting with the province’s in Vancouver failed to achieve much beyond an agreement that carbon will be priced, the herd is now moving. News from the environmental assessment front is less encouraging: the National energy Board’s flawed Trans Mountain Pipline Expansion hearings are continuing and Catherine McKenna appears to have just rubber stamped the Woodfibre LNG project. So what does Canada’s new Budget say about the environment?
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The ECOreport looks an environmental decision that ignores impacts to herring stocks and greenhouse gas emissions: McKenna Made The Wrong Call On Woodfibre LNG
By Roy L Hales
Though Justin Trudeau promised to fix Canada’s broken environmental assessment process during the last election, yesterday his government gave another signal this may not happen. Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced “that the proposed Woodfibre LNG Project, located near Squamish, British Columbia, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.” Critics point to flaws in the analysis of impacts to herring stocks and the province’s rising emissions, suggesting McKenna Made The Wrong Call On Woodfibre LNG
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The ECOreport reposts By Approving Woodfibre LNG Shows the Government is Not Taking Climate Change Seriously
Originally Published on the Sierra Club BC
VICTORIA—In response to the federal government’s approval of the proposed Woodfibre LNG terminal Sierra Club BC released the following statement from forest and climate campaigner, Jens Wieting:
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The ECOreport reposts a preliminary exploration of Post media’s Partnership with CAPP and what that means to the newspapers like National Post, Vancouver SUN and Vancouver Province
Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian
We will work with CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) to amplify our energy mandate and to be a part of the solution to keep Canada competitive in the global marketplace. The National Post will undertake to leverage by all means editorially, technically and creatively to further this critical conversation. – Douglas Kelly, Publisher, National Post
By Rafe Mair
The National Post is, of course, the flagship of the Postmedia chain of newspapers, Canada’s largest, which includes the Vancouver Sun and the Vancouver Province. This statement of policy by Mr. Kelly was followed by lengthy memoranda of agreement as to just how Postmedia and CAPP would cooperate.
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Ignoring possible threats to Howe Sound fisheries & the negative impact LNG development has on global emissions, the B.C. Government approved Woodfibre LNG.
Press Release from the Wilderness Committee
The Wilderness Committee is dismayed to learn that BC’s Environment Minister, Mary Polak and Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman have today announced the approval of the proposed Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project near Squamish in Howe Sound.
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