Category Archives: Lifestyle

Trump Administration Needs To Be Watched

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED by a former senior analyst from the DOE, the Trump administration needs to be watched

Originally Published in the Fairfax Times

By Dr. Allan Hoffman

I voted for Hillary Clinton to become our next President because I thought she was a better choice than Donald Trump in temperament, experience, and policy. I also thought it was time to have a female president. I did this despite two serious misgivings about Clinton, her handling of the health insurance issue in the early days of her husband’s first term as President, and her failure to respond adequately to the seriousness of her decision to use a private email server while serving as Secretary of State. As a former government official I understand how frustrating dealing with the security systems in government can be, but poor judgements were made by Clinton and her staff, all of whom should have known better. Nevertheless, I was strongly offended by many of Trump’s statements during the Republican primary race and the general election, and saw no way to vote for a man I considered an uninformed and arrogant demagogue.

Continue reading Trump Administration Needs To Be Watched

The Rich & Connected Appear To Run British Columbia

The ECOreport looks at stories of the a corrupt political process, the rich & connected appear to run British Columbia

By Roy L Hales

More than a week has passed since the New York Times carried the story. The author, Dan Levin, told Global News, “If this were in Russia or China or the Balkans or some developing-world country, it would just be written off as nepotism or corruption, but here (in British Columbia), because it’s not illegal, it seems to just get a pass.” Corporate and union donations to political parties are banned in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario, but not in British Columbia. NDP MLA David Eby believes the corruption runs much deeper than the $50,000-a-year “commission” Premier Clark receives from her party’s campaign chest. The rich & connected appear to run British Columbia.

Continue reading The Rich & Connected Appear To Run British Columbia

The Free World’s New Leader

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about Angela Merkel, the Free World’s New Leader

Originally Published on UBC News

Less than a week before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office, Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, is being hailed by many as the last defender of Europe and new leader of the free world.

Continue reading The Free World’s New Leader

$718,918 reasons Christy Clark said ‘yes’ to Kinder Morgan

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about BC’s upcoming provincial election, $718,918 reasons Christy Clark said ‘yes’ to Kinder Morgan

Originally posted on the Dogwood Initiative

VANCOUVER – After formally opposing the Trans Mountain expansion proposal at National Energy Board hearings last January, Christy Clark’s BC Liberal government has reversed its position, embracing Texas-based Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and oil tanker proposal.

Continue reading $718,918 reasons Christy Clark said ‘yes’ to Kinder Morgan

How Much Damage Can Donald Trump Do?

The ECOreport asks a former senior analyst with the DOE, how much damage Can Donald Trump Do?

By Roy L Hales

The fears seem especially strong across the renewable and environmental communities. David Suzuki writes that  “a bigoted, misogynistic, climate change denier has been elected to the highest office in what is still the world’s most powerful nation.”  Many fear that President-elect Donald Trump “is set to gut US environmental regulations, open up federal lands for fossil fuel extraction, and quit the Paris climate agreement.” Academics from many North American universities are copying information and data from U.S. government environmental websites before the new administration eradicates it. The next President’s personality “is certainly extreme by any standard.” How much damage can Donald Trump do to America?

Continue reading How Much Damage Can Donald Trump Do?

70% Of Canadians Want A Clean Energy Transition ASAP

The ECOreport looks at a Clean Energy Canada poll on the national climate and clean growth plan, 70% of Canadians want a  clean energy transition asap

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Though  Donald Trump’s election casts a long shadow on energy matters, a new poll finds that it is making little impact on public opinion north of the border. Only 17% of the respondents think Canada should follow Trump’s lead and  stick with fossil fuels. “If anything, this survey suggests that the new U.S. leader’s position actually makes Canadians more inclined to support clean energy here at home,” said Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada. They perceive the future in terms of a low carbon economy and 70% of Canadians want a clean energy transition asap.

Continue reading 70% Of Canadians Want A Clean Energy Transition ASAP

Protecting US Environmental Websites & Data From Trump

The ECOreport looks at the guerilla archiving activities underway as the academic community sets about protecting US environmental websites & data from Trump

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1North America’s academic community is taking President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seriously.  Crucial scientific data could disappear, or be made less accessible. There are only five weeks left until he takes office.  So this morning, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, researchers at University of Toronto (U of T) began protecting US environmental websites & data from Trump and his transition team.

Continue reading Protecting US Environmental Websites & Data From Trump

Michigan Passed Laws Requiring 15% Renewables By 2021

The ECOreport looks behind the news that Michigan passed laws requiring 15% renewables by 2021

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Governor Rick Snyder wanted to overhaul the state’s energy bills in 2015, but encountered fierce opposition.  Opponents of Senate Bill 438 (SB 438) believed it puts corporate interests above the needs of residents.  Proponents describe it as a small step towards lowering electricity costs, creating jobs and improving public health. Thanks to the Governor’s direct intervention, the legislators found a compromise. Thursday Michigan passed laws requiring 15% renewables by 2021.

Continue reading Michigan Passed Laws Requiring 15% Renewables By 2021

Brexit Could Prevent Britain From Taking Back Control

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about international trade agreements, Brexit Could Prevent Britain From Taking Back Control

Originally Posted on Greenpeace Energydesk

by Ellie Mae O’Hagan

Leaving the European Union could make it harder for Britain to make its own laws, and may even prevent us from reaching our full potential.

Continue reading Brexit Could Prevent Britain From Taking Back Control

2016 Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index Ranks Europe Foremost

The ECOreport looks at a report of the international “standard of life”, the 2016 Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index ranks Europe Foremost.

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Though China and the United States lead the world when it comes to gross domestic output (GDP), the sustainable competitiveness model  uses another standard. SolAbility defines this on its’ website, “Sustainable competitiveness is the ability of a country to meet the needs and basic requirements of current generations while sustaining or growing the national and individual wealth into the future without depleting its natural, intellectual and social capital.”  The focus is not corporate wealth or political clout, but “dignifying standard of life for all citizens.” Thus the 2016 Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index ranks Europe Foremost.

Continue reading 2016 Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index Ranks Europe Foremost