BC lags behind other provinces on climate action

While Alberta, Ontario and Quebec move forward, BC’s carbon emissions are rising.

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What’s the fracking problem with natural gas?

It’s not unexpected that shooting massive amounts of water, sand, and chemicals at high pressure into the earth to shatter shale and release natural gas might shake things up. But earthquakes aren’t the worst problem with fracking.

Black Out Speak Out

If you believe that good democracy requires all voices to be fairly heard, speak out on June 4.

Environmental rules should be better, not easier

Changes announced in the recent federal budget make it easier for the federal government and industry to push through projects, and limit the ability of ordinary Canadian citizens to have a say in matters of national importance.

Standing Up by Sitting In – Protesting the Tar Sands

Tomorrow environmental activists will gather in Ottawa to protest the Tar Sands Pipeline from Canada to the US. When I initially found out about the event I was excited and wanted to go. The reason why I will be at work tomorrow instead of Parliament Hill is because the risk of arrest was too high…

Alberta Utilities Commission faces court challenge over Milner coal plant expansion

Calgary – Ecojustice and the Pembina Institute are taking the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to court over its decision to grant Maxim Power Corp’s coal plant expansion interim approval without a public hearing.  As the AUC itself made clear, the expedited approval was given in a blatant attempt to beat the federal government’s deadline for new […]

Climate policies are good for employment, shows Pembina – GCNews #720

GREEN JOBS. Pembina Institute’s new report, Reducing Pollution, Creating Jobs: The effects of climate policies on employment, finds that Canada’s governments could create more jobs by implementing strong climate policies than by continuing with business as usual. “Renewable energy [and energy efficiency] is the pro-job (more labour intensive) choice, creating more direct jobs than fossil fuel alternatives [including carbon capture and storage]. The federal government’s economic stimulus funding for infrastructure could have created nearly three times as many jobs if it had been invested entirely in clean energy” … Germany created 300,000 jobs in 10 years with solar and renewable energy.

Rob Ford’s subway plan not in Toronto’s best interest: Pembina Institute

Toronto – The subway extension proposed by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford would provide less service per dollar invested than the existing light rail rapid transit plan for Toronto, and wouldn’t deliver transit service to the communities that need it most, according to a comparison of Toronto’s transit options released today by the Pembina Institute.