Energy

17/12/18
Author: 
Marc Lee
BC's new Climate Plan

BC’s new climate plan, Clean BC, is a big and visionary document and was instantly lauded by environmental groups and businesses alike. In this post, I recap the key components of the plan and do a bit of a reality check against the hype, in particular the challenge of fitting liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the plan.

14/12/18
Author: 
Wenonah Hauter

The images from the streets of Paris over the past weeks are stark and poignant: thousands of angry protesters, largely representing the struggling French working class, resorting to mass civil unrest to express fear and frustration over a proposed new gas tax. For the moment, the protests have been successful. French President Emmanuel Macron backed off the new tax proposal, at least for six months. The popular uprising won, seemingly at the expense of the global fight against climate change and the future wellbeing of our planet.

10/12/18
Author: 
Bill Henderson

Dec 8 2018 - The NDP/Green government of BC has just released their new climate plan: CleanBC. The initial reviews are good.

01/11/18
Author: 
Sarah Cox

Oct 30, 2018

Treaty 8 First Nations are bracing themselves for the impending destruction of traditional hunting grounds and other areas of special cultural significance following last week’s denial of an injunction application to stop work on the Site C dam on B.C.’s Peace River.  

27/10/18
Author: 
Mark Z. Jacobson

[Editor: Video of a lecture held on Oct. 25, 2018 in Vancouver well worth watching. According to Penny Tilby of Vancouver-Burnaby Chapter of The Council of Canadians says: "His amazing  talk will make you much more optimistic about the future!  His talk is very clear that this can be done, if we have the political will to carry it forward."

25/10/18
Author: 
Alaska Highway News
Main service bay pad and powerhouse buttress construction on the south bank, August 2018. Photo By BC HYDRO

OCTOBER 24, 2018

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has dismissed a bid by two Treaty 8 First Nations to halt work on the $10.7-billion Site C dam, according to reports.

Global TV journalist Keith Baldrey broke the news via Twitter on Wednesday, saying the court has dismissed an injunction being sought by West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations.

19/10/18
Author: 
David J. Climenhaga

Oct 18, 2018 - Highly concentrated corporate ownership of Canada's energy sector and lack of government influence mean there's very little incentive for the fossil fuel industry to pay attention to the dangers of global climate change or worry about the communities and workers that depend on it.

11/10/18
Author: 
Tracy Sherlock
A landslide in Northern B.C. is just one kilometre from Site C. Photo from B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

October 11th 2018

The Site C dam construction is just one kilometre away from an unpredictable landslide that has forced about 200 residents from their homes in Northern B.C., near the Peace River.

The landslide caused major cracks in the road to the community of Old Fort, B.C., causing the Peace River Regional District to issue an evacuation order for all residents of Old Fort.

07/10/18
Author: 
Sarah Cox
A major, active landslide in the Peace River Valley has led to an evacuation order and is renewing concerns about the safety of the hydro project
 
Oct 5, 2018 9 min read

Calls for an independent safety review of the Site C dam project are mounting following a large landslide near the project’s worksite that has blocked the only road to a small community and led to the evacuation of residents by boat.

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