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Who were the 10,000 British Columbians Protesting Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline?

By Roy L Hales

According to former Geological Survey of Canada scientist David Hughes, Alberta’s much touted emissions cap permits a 53% ramp up of production in the tar sands. Green party leader Elizabeth May concludes that Prime Minister Trudeau’s  climate targets are essentially the same as his predecessor and “even that weak target is not within reach.” Those are some of the national issues behind Canada’s decision to enlarge its fossil fuel sector, but what about more local concerns? The two videos that follow depict some of the 10,000 British Columbians protesting Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline expansion.

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Site C Dam: What Is The Prudent Solution?

by Roger Bryenton, P. Eng.(former), MBA, Energy Systems Consultant; Erik Andersen, Economist; Peter Boulton;
& Bill Schram.

The Minister of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources, Michelle Mungall, recently admitted that BC Hydro is in a “Financial Mess”. With deferred debt and multiple regulatory accounts, contractual obligations for electricity from independent suppliers now reaching $50 Billion or more, would a prudent solution be to incur another $12 Billion for an unnecessary project? “NO”!!!

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Should the BC & Canadian Governments Honour Treaties?

Originally Published  Jan 17, 2018

By Roy L Hales

Premier John Horgan blamed the former Liberal Government last month, “They got to the point of no return … It wasn’t about public policy, it wasn’t about energy policy, it wasn’t about the best interests of British Columbians, it was about getting a project past the point of no return.” He approved the Site C Dam project anyway. In so doing, he joined the Canadian Government in sidestepping what may turn out to be the most crucial point in this debate. Should the BC & Canadian governments honour treaties?

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What Happened To Energiewende?

By Roy L Hales

Originally published on Nov 29, 2016

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Germany led the world for the number of solar installations during 2012. This relatively small European nation added 7.60 GW of capacity to the grid. Then their numbers started going downward: 3.30 GW of new solar capacity in 2013; 1.56 GW in 2014; 1.4 GW in 2015. As of October 31, only 0.79 GW of new capacity has been added this year. Germany’s critics are once again hailing the imminent demise of this nation’s renewable revolution.  What happened to Energiewende?

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Appealing To Friends of the Peace River Valley

Request from the Peace River Valley

Dear Friends of the Peace River Valley, The Peace Valley Landowner Assoc. and Peace Valley Environment Assoc. decided to throw everything at the BCUC Site C review, so we retained energy expert Robert McCullough in addition to legal and communication expertise to guide and represent us through that process. In our efforts to save the Peace River Valley, we have worked together to ensure the relevant expert evidence was put before the Commission reviewing this project. In doing so, we have incurred great expense, and are now fundraising to help cover those bills. The work done during the Review will be invaluable as the effort to Save the Peace moves forward.

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