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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

The Progressive Economics Forum: Ten things to know about the 2016-17 Alberta budget

Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I have a blog post titled: “Ten things to know about the 2016-17 Alberta budget.” The link to the post is here. . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Ten things to know about the 2016-17 Alberta budget

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Dilbit Dogma: On Pipelines to Tidewater

Friday, April 15, 2016 According to pipeline supporters and cheerleaders, one of the primary ratio… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Dilbit Dogma: On Pipelines to Tidewater

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Emission Omission: Canadian government plans to assess only some pipeline greenhouse gases

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 The Canadian government wants to know what you think about its plans to co… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Emission Omission: Canadian government plans to assess only some pipeline greenhouse gases

Things Are Good: Ontario Converting Coal Plant to Solar Farm

A few years ago Ontario stopped all of its coal powered plants because, you know, climate change and all that. Other jurisdictions around the world are similarly halting the use of coal for energy production. In Ontario, an old coal plant with a lot of land around it will reopen, but be emissions free. The […]

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In-Sights: BC Hydro’s primary construction – fabricating falsehoods

Derrick Penner of the Vancouver Sun reported words from the Chief of BC Hydro’s nomenklatura :In December, [Jessica] McDonald heralded Site C as “essential to keeping the lights on…”Fundamentally, (independent power projects) are important partners… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: BC Hydro’s primary construction – fabricating falsehoods

Things Are Good: India’s Solar Energy Plan a Shining Success

India consumes a lot energy and consumption keeps growing as their economy expands. They also rely heavily on coal. The government knows that their current form of energy production causes harm and it will only get worse. As a result they have made a huge push towards solar. Their efforts are working with coal prices […]

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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Carol Goar writes about the need for Canada’s federal government to rethink how we view taxes. And Simon Wren-Lewis tries to explain the resilience of austerian ideology even as it fails every test in the real world…. . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Katie Hyslop contrasts Canada’s longstanding recognition that housing is a human right against the gross lack of policy action to ensure its availability:Canada has signed and ratified the 1976 United Nations… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

The Progressive Economics Forum: Political Reality and Climate Policy: A Response to Mark Jaccard

Mark Jaccard’s article in Policy Options has generated a lot of interest. It is a provocative article that challenges the economic orthodoxy that prioritizes carbon pricing above all else. Jaccard calls for a host of “smart” regulations that progressively introduce zero-emission technologies within specific sectors such as vehicles, electricity, housing, and appliances. “Political reality” is […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Political Reality and Climate Policy: A Response to Mark Jaccard

Things Are Good: France Installing 100km of Solar Roads

France has announced that they are going to try a mass installation of solar-panelled roads to provide electricity. It’s an attempt to see if they technology can be scalable and durable enough to survive under so much wear and tear. These solar roads aren’t made by the company that turned to crowdfunding a few years […]

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Politics, Re-Spun: Sanders’ Iowa “Win” and Clinton’s Entitlement

Clinton breathed a sigh of relief and spun the result: thanks for the “win.” This was no win. Despite the massive corporate media campaign to ignore Sanders, he did exceptionally well because he resonates with actual people. Democratic Results in Iowa » Pct. Delegates Hillary Clinton 49.9% 22 Bernie Sanders 49.6 21 Martin O’Malley … Continue reading Sanders’ Iowa “Win” and Clinton’s Entitlement

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Things Are Good: The Unstoppable Renewable Revolution

For years naysayers have been arguing that renewable energy isn’t a good idea because the electrical input fluctuates too much on the grid. Now we have more evidence that those naysayers have nothing to back up their argument. Over at Climate Progress they have a good post on key factors that make the renewable revolution […]

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Environmental Law Alert Blog: TransCanada’s NAFTA claims are based on the old normal

Thursday, January 28, 2016 Earlier this month TransCanada announced that it would be claiming comp… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: TransCanada’s NAFTA claims are based on the old normal

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Province Can’t Pass the Buck on Oil Pipelines: BC Supreme Court

Thursday, January 14, 2016 West Coast has previously suggested that, in spite of the Province of B… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Province Can’t Pass the Buck on Oil Pipelines: BC Supreme Court

Susan on the Soapbox: The Fly Report: Why TCPL Sued Obama and the US Government

TransCanada Pipelines (TCPL) just announced it is going to sue the US government for $15 billion under NAFTA and while they’re at it sue President Obama for exceeding his power under the US Constitution. Some lawyers say TCPL has a … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Fly Report: Why TCPL Sued Obama and the US Government