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Things Are Good: 47 Developing Countries Leapfrogging to Renewables

At the tail end of the Marrakech UN conference on the climate 47 countries formed the Climate Vulnerable Forum to share the one goal: getting to 100% renewable energy as fast as possible. Previously, economists and politicians argued that developing countries will need to use coal or other destructive carbon-based energy before upgrading to . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: 47 Developing Countries Leapfrogging to Renewables

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Trudeau’s pipeline approvals fail to recognize the “magnitude” of the climate problem

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The thing that frustrated me most when watching the Prime Minister’s press conference earlier this week approving the Kinder Morgan and Line 3 pipelines is that he – or at least his government – knows that these pipelines undermine Canada’s climate goals and move us away from a . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Trudeau’s pipeline approvals fail to recognize the “magnitude” of the climate problem

Susan on the Soapbox: It’s Electricity Week…and the Opposition Won’t Stand for it

After the events of this week it’s unclear who the Opposition is standing for.

The NDP government announced it was:

settling the PPA dispute over the enforceability of the “Enron clause” with Capital Power, TransCanada and AltaGas, leaving Enmax the sole outlier, compensating Capital Power, TransAlta and ATCO for the early closure of six coal-fired . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: It’s Electricity Week…and the Opposition Won’t Stand for it

Things Are Good: France Phasing out Coal by 2023

Not to be outdone by other nations, France has announced that the country will eliminate use of coal for electricity by 2023. Yesterday we looked at Canada’s plan to phase out coal plants by 2030, which in Canada caused concern. In France, there’s little debate that we need to stop using coal in our power . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: France Phasing out Coal by 2023

The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada after Trump: Harold Innis and What to Do When Empires Go Crazy

The Americans shocked the rest of the world by electing Donald Trump last Tuesday. Pierre Trudeau suggested that Canada’s proximity to the US was like “sleeping with an elephant”, and thus Canadians are particularly concerned about what this means.

Canada’s most preeminent political economist, Harold Innis, can offer some lessons. Innis is known for the . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada after Trump: Harold Innis and What to Do When Empires Go Crazy

Things Are Good: Celebrating Resiliency

The Rockefeller Foundation has produced a new documentary celebrating areas humans live in that are designed to be resilient to climate change. By building our cities and countries around the concept of resiliency we can better prepare for what’s ahead when it comes to unpredictable and extreme weather. It’s design thinking applied on a . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Celebrating Resiliency

Environmental Law Alert Blog: West Coast Conversations: 6 questions that define the fight against Kinder Morgan

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

West Coast Staff Counsel Eugene Kung sat down with Senior Communications and Engagement Specialist Alexis Stoymenoff to discuss the recent report released by the Ministerial Panel on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers project. Here’s what Eugene had to say about the report, and the six key questions . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: West Coast Conversations: 6 questions that define the fight against Kinder Morgan

Environmental Law Alert Blog: The imminent federal decision on Northern Gateway…and the oil tanker ban?

Monday, November 14, 2016

As the deadline approaches for a federal decision on the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, West Coast Environmental Law Staff Counsel Gavin Smith reflects on his meetings with Ministers to talk about the Pacific north coast oil tanker ban.

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Things Are Good: Clean, Renewable Energy Continues Amazing Drop in Costs

The cost of installing solar energy systems of every type has seen double digit decreases in cost since 2008. This reduction is astonishing because it means that solar becomes competitive with coal (which we’ve already seen) and that arguments against using solar get less powerful every year. There’s also a compounding effect too. . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Clean, Renewable Energy Continues Amazing Drop in Costs

Politics, Re-Spun: Trudeau Spins the Royals

If you’re wondering about what kind of spin cycle Trudeau [#TheNewHarper] put the Royals through to smooth over First Nations discontent with the 21st century version of settler imperialism?

Read this:

Justin Trudeau’s relationship with indigenous people and the politics of William and Kate’s Canadian Royal tour

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Things Are Good: Environment Destroying CEOs Held Accountable by Shareholders

ShareAction is an organization that is tired of letting CEOs and companies harm the world and are doing something about it. The organization campaigns on behalf of shareholders to represent environmental, health, labour, and other concerns. They leverage their combined representation of shareholders to ensure that the companies return a profit while not destroying . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Environment Destroying CEOs Held Accountable by Shareholders

Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy

Portugal reached a very significant milestone on its path to being fully powered by renewables by consuming energy only from sustainable resources for four days. Other countries are on similar paths. In 2012 Germany got 50% of it’s power from renewable sources, Scotland powered itself exclusively on renewables for a week earlier this year, . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Field notes from the Haida Gwaii Potlatch: Why government and industry should take heed of Indigenous governance decisions

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 I was honoured to have been invited to witness this historic potlatch, Raven Always Sets Things Right, hosted by the Yahgulaan… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Field notes from the Haida Gwaii Potlatch: Why government and industry should take heed of Indigenous governance decisions

Environmental Law Alert Blog: You can play a role in ensuring a law to protect the Pacific north coast from oil tankers

Thursday, September 8, 2016 After decades of work by the West Coast Environmental Law Association … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: You can play a role in ensuring a law to protect the Pacific north coast from oil tankers

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Lessons from a summer at West Coast

Friday, August 12, 2016 West Coast Environmental Law Association was lucky to have four talented students join us this summer from law schools across the co… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Lessons from a summer at West Coast

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Lessons from a summer at West Coast

Friday, August 12, 2016 West Coast Environmental Law Association was lucky to have four talented students join us this summer from law schools across the co… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Lessons from a summer at West Coast

Things Are Good: Scotland Generated Enough Renewable Energy to Power Itself

This past weekend Scotland generated enough electricity from wind turbines to meet all its power demands. A day of strong winds and low demand combined to make this the first time Scotland has achieved this renewable milestone. For a compression, in 2012 Germany got 50% of it’s electricity from renewable sources, and today Germany gets […]

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Things Are Good: Former Nuclear Disaster Site Could Become Solar Plant

One of the worst energy disaster in human history was the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It has left a giant chunk of land around Pripyat uninhabitable to humans (although the rest of nature has been thriving because humans aren’t there), now the Ukrainian government wants to reuse the land for a new source of electricity. […]

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Things Are Good: Global Economy Becoming Efficient

Usually when economists talk about efficiencies they means firing people so executives can get better returns, this time efficiency is found by using electricity in smarter ways. The myth that increased energy consumption means a better economy has been “decoupled”. The global economy is using less energy for every dollar produced – a sign that […]

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Environmental Law Alert Blog: Kinder Morgan’s Salad Days of Summer

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 The warmth and relative freedom of summer creates an atmosphere of spontaneity and often last-minute plans come together: “Let&… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Kinder Morgan’s Salad Days of Summer

Things Are Good: Parents Need to be Nagged by Their Kids

Kids are always being told what they can and cannot not do, and new research says that when it comes to the environment it’s parents that should be told what to do. In a study by Stanford University they have found that children who nagged their parents about energy use made a measurable difference on […]

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Environmental Law Alert Blog: Enbridge asks for another shot: Public comment period open on Northern Gateway’s request to extend its expiring federal approval

Friday, June 3, 2016 The Enbridge Northern Gateway project's conditional approval is on track … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Enbridge asks for another shot: Public comment period open on Northern Gateway’s request to extend its expiring federal approval

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Spills in BC: Will we be ready? Have your say

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Would BC be ready for a major spill? Now is your chance to have your say. … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Spills in BC: Will we be ready? Have your say

Things Are Good: Canadian Government Think Tank: Renewables Win Over Fossil Fuels

When the Conservatives were in charge of Canada they didn’t conserve at all, instead they rallied behind fossil fuels to power Canada’s economy. That foolish gamble contributed to a lame economy (sent the country into massive debt) and a dying planet (even sabotaging global discussions about carbon and fossil fuel. Canadians are hopeful that the […]

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Environmental Law Alert Blog: The Kinder Morgan roller coaster continues

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 It has been yet another whirlwind month on the Kinder Morgan file. Staff Cou… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: The Kinder Morgan roller coaster continues