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The Common Sense Canadian: LNG, Fracking and BC’s Energy Future: Nanaimo event

BG Group’s Methane Lydon Volney tanker (Photo: BG Group)

The Common Sense Canadian’s Damien Gillis and retired KPMG partner and chemistry Ph.D Eoin Finn will be in Nanaimo Wednesday night to discuss the province’s energy vision.

Finn has been a leading voice on the economic and safety risks of the proposed Woodfibre LNG plant near Squamish. Drawing on his MBA and years of experience at one of the world’s largest accounting firms, he will dissect the local and global economics of the BC Liberals’ LNG plans.

Gillis, meanwhile, will take the audience on a visual tour of northeast BC – featuring (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Energy shift requires shift in conversation

The infrastructure already developed to accommodate cheap fossil fuels creates a psychological barrier to rational discourse on energy issues, says David Suzuki.

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The Canadian Progressive: New York State Bans Fracking

After years of delays and debate, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally decided that the risks of fracking outweigh the rewards, bans the practice.

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The Canadian Progressive: Groups call on BC and Science World to end LNG promotion

Advocacy groups and concerned citizens have signed an open letter demanding that the British Columbia government and Science World cancel their province-wide community seminars promoting the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.

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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- Carter Price offers another look at how inequality damages economic development. And the Broadbent Institute examines the wealth gap in Canada – which is already recognized as a serious problem, but also far larger than most people realize:

- Paul Buchheit discusses how the U.S. is turning poor people into commodities or criminals. Chuk Plante reviews some facts about child poverty in Saskatchewan – with a particular focus on the need to measure and reduce the alarmingly high rates of child poverty among First Nations children. Suzanne Moore points out how (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Oil Price: Has Saudi Arabia gambled and lost?

Is it better to have gambled and lost?

Saudi Arabia is calling the shots in the steep price decline of oil in recent weeks, by refusing to cut its output so as to remove production from the market and increase prices. Why is it doing this? One possible reason is that it is underestimating the remorseless drive for profits (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Oil Price: Has Saudi Arabia gambled and lost?

The Common Sense Canadian: Harper: It’s “Crazy” to apply climate laws to oil and gas industry

Read this Dec. 9 story from The Globe and Mail on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s statement that it would be “crazy economic policy” to apply climate regulations to the oil and gas sector.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has retreated further from his pledge to regulate carbon emissions in the oil industry, saying it would be “crazy” to do so at a time of fallen crude prices.

In the House of Commons on Tuesday, the Prime Minister rebuffed calls for new measures to deal with the country’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gases just a day after an Environment Canada report (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Alberta won’t appeal Jessica Ernst’s right to sue over fracking: Nikiforuk

Environmental consultant Jessica Ernst on her land in Alberta (Colin Smith photo)

Read this Dec. 10 Tyee story by Andrew Nikiforuk on the Alberta government’s surprise announcement that it will not be appealing a recent court ruling enabling landowner and scientist Jessica Ernst to proceed with her lawsuit over fracking impacts.

Jessica Ernst, the businesswoman and oil patch scientist defiantly challenging the regulation of hydraulic fracturing in Alberta, has scored another legal victory.

The Alberta government will not appeal a recent ruling that allows Ernst to sue Alberta Environment for the alleged negligent investigation of water well contamination during the (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Clark govt, Science World selling LNG Kool-Aid to kids

Ministers Rich Coleman and Shirley Bond watch a recent demonstration on the “science of LNG” (BC Govt)

The BC Liberal government’s all-out push to build an LNG industry is extending into the province’s classrooms and the minds of its students. The latest partner in this effort, Science World, is co-hosting a series of community seminars in rural communities to educate students “about the fundamentals of energy science.”

Alongside presentations by Science World, an October government media advisory promises:

…young people will be able to talk with government and industry representatives and take part in Find Your Fit, an interactive event where (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: A Dear John & Carole Letter-You Have Lost Me Now.

Dorothy Field

Dear John and Carole,

I have to say you’ve lost me now. There is already much study done on fracking and it shows it’s a bad idea – bad for the environment, poisoning ground water.

And many, many people with rock solid information you could consult — Andrew Nikiforuk is the first who comes to mind but there are others.

I understand your concern that the NDP can’t always be saying NO but there is so much you could be saying YES to:

YES to GREEN TECHNOLOGY,

YES to PROTECTION AND MONITORING OF OUR WATER RESOURCES,

YES to (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: BC approves Petronas LNG plant and 2 more gas pipelines

Petronas CEO Shamsul Abbas shakes hands with BC Premier Christy Clark

Read this Nov. 26 Reuters story on the BC Liberal government’s approval of multiple LNG infrastructure applications.

VANCOUVER — British Columbia has approved a liquefied natural gas export terminal being developed by Malaysia’s Petronas, along with two pipelines to service Canada’s fledgling LNG industry, the province’s Ministry of Environment said on Tuesday.

A federal environmental review of Petronas’ Pacific NorthWest LNG project is continuing, with the Malaysian state-owned energy firm expected to make a final investment decision on the $11 billion facility before the end of the (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: LNG, fracking and BC’s Energy future: Victoria multimedia discussion

Join The Common Sense Canadian’s Damien Gillis and Council of Canadians’ Leila Darwish for a multimedia discussion about BC’s energy future – this Wednesday evening in Victoria.

Gillis, who is also co-directing the documentary film Fractured Land, will tackle the economic and environmental myths and realities of the proposed LNG industry – sharing photographs and video clips of the shale gas development in northeast BC that would feed LNG plants on the coast.

Darwish will examine the growing resistance in BC to this LNG vision – from citizens in Howe Sound confronting the proposed Woodfibre LNG plant to grassroots First (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Govt fears losing LNG, fracking social licence to social media: Internal briefing note

Rich Coleman tries to conjure up some good LNG PR with this youtube video (BC govt youtube page)

The BC government is worried it can’t control the way fracking and liquefied natural gas (LNG) are being criticized through social media, documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request reveal.

As a result, the Liberal administration fears losing the “social licence” required to advance its LNG strategy – the core policy of its recent election platform and economic vision.

The June, 2014 briefing note (view full document here) was dug up by Propeller Strategy, a non-profit group with a focus on environmental and public (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Ernst wins right to sue Alberta govt over fracking water contamination

Environmental consultant Jessica Ernst on her land in Alberta (Colin Smith photo)

An Alberta woman has the right to sue the provincial environment ministry for allegedly failing to properly investigate water contamination she says Encana’s hydraulic fracturing caused on her property, a Calgary judge has ruled.

Jessica Ernst launched a $33-million lawsuit in 2011 against Alberta Environment, the province’s energy regulator and energy company Encana.

She claims gas wells fracked around her land in Rosebud, Alta., about 120 kilometres northeast of Calgary, released hazardous amounts of methane and ethane gas and other chemicals into her water well.

Ernst claims there (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Shell promises “green” LNG…we can trust them, right?

Christy Clark and Marvin Odum, President Shell Oil Company at recent BC LNG conference (BC govt flickr)

I’m sure, like me, you were excited to read in the Vancouver Sun for November 4 that LNG Canada (Shell and its Asian partners) will build a plant in Kitimat which will be very, very “green” and put even less greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere than the maximum prescribed by the BC government.

Oh, there will still be GHG escaping but just a teensy, weensy bit. And, of course, we all know that how strict BC government standards are. After all if you (Read more…)

Left Over: Money for Nothin’ and Your Work for Free…

Poloz’s prescription for unemployed youth: Work for free

The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Nov. 04 2014, 12:40 PM EST

Last updated Tuesday, Nov. 04 2014, 7:03 PM EST

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/11/the-bank-of-canada-governor-and-young.html

Anyone familiar with British politics has heard it all before..the government of Cameron, right wing nutjob with an unspeakable ‘coalition’ of Lib-Dems (sorta like our BC Socred-Libs) forced those without jobs to work for nothing in dead-end companies to get any sort of financial government help..not enough to live on or pay rent..sound familiar?

All these half- baked regressive policies are leftovers (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Politics, Hockey, Fall Sitting at the BC Legislature and Local Elections-Game on!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

We are moving into autumn, our glorious climate change driven summer is wrapping up even though our confused tomato plants refuse to stop providing even more ripe tomatoes.

Last night our beloved Vancouver Canucks warmed our hockey deprived souls with a win in the season opener against the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.

BC NDP Leader John Horgan is determined even as he is smiling.

Our BC Legislature has been a scene of activity featuring accusations and highly partisan posturing in a rare fall legislative session is in gear. NDP’s new leader John Horgan finally has the (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: 70 of Canadians support a national moratorium on fracking: POLL

A new poll commissioned by the Council of Canadians reveals that an overwhelming majority of Canadians oppose fracking, support “a national moratorium on fracking until it is scientifically proven to be safe.”

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The Common Sense Canadian: Watershed Moment: Damien Gillis on Fracking, LNG, Site C @ Capilano

Fracking operations in northeast BC use enormous volumes of water (Photo: Damien Gillis)

Filmmaker and Common Sense Canadian publisher Damien Gillis takes us on a multi-media journey to northeast BC – the heart of the province’s industrial landscape – to better understand the implications of the government’s energy policy on our water, climate, and collective future.

Featuring highlights from the forthcoming documentary film, Fractured Land and an in-depth examination of fracking, liquefied natural gas plans, and the proposed Site C Dam.

WHEN

Oct. 8, 7-9 PM

WHERE

Bosa Film Centre, Capilano University – North Vancouver (see map)

MORE (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: China’s war on coal means lots more renewable energy…and fracking

Shale gas is a big component of China’s future energy plans

China has declared war on coal and coal consumption is down as a result. But this coal war offers some good news, some not so good news for Canada, and some bad news, all at the same time.

China turns to clean tech, fracking

The good news pertains to: 1) China having become an unparalleled leader and investor in the global migration to a the green economy; and 2) China’s ongoing adoption of ambitious new policies and targets to accelerate this migration at a spellbinding rate.

Unfortunately, the aforementioned good (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Andrew Nikiforuk–LNG and Petro State Politics-Video

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Like so many of you my concern about this runaway climate change train wreck that our politicians are allowing and in many case aiding and abetting is troublesome to the point that it has become the number one issue facing the planet today.

I have read, seen and heard Andrew Nikiforuk as have many of you have. He is one of the most informed and knowledgable challengers to the threat of climate change facing us today. He provides invaluable information allowing us to better understanding of the realities and, the dangers that we face from this mad (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Clark govt in over its head with big LNG players like Petronas

Photo: Tina Lovgreen / BCIT Commons

Many long years ago, when I was in first year Law, we learned a case called the Carbolic Smoke Ball case. This involved a patent medicine and great claims were made for its virtues. There was a lawsuit because a user of this patent medicine was not satisfied with the result, which he said was nil. This was apropos in those days, since in B.C. we were constantly exhorted to buy Dodds Kidney Pills, which had nothing to do with kidneys, and Carter’s Little Liver Pills, which had dick-all to do with livers.

(Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: “World-Class” BC LNG brings Third World deals with likes of Petronas

Most of Petronas CEO Abbas and BC Premier Clark’s discussions have been behind closed doors

It’s possible that the majority of British Columbians would agree with developing our natural gas resources – even for export – if our own energy security was guaranteed, the economic benefits accrued to British Columbians and we did it all in such a way that we are able to maintain our international reputation as an environmental leader and awe-inspiring tourist destination.

However, contrary to the BC Liberal election campaign rhetoric, the government’s LNG development model offers none of this and with the Malaysian state- owned behemoth Petronas as their (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: BC should not be bullied or suckered by Petronas over LNG taxes

Petronas CEO Shamsul Abbas addressing BC LNG conference (Damien Gillis)

News this morning that Malaysian energy giant Petronas is considering pulling out of the nascent BC LNG industry over the taxes the province wishes to collect from its gas resources called to mind a legendary story about Tommy Douglas when he was premier of Saskatchewan.

I cannot attest to whether the tale is true or apocryphal, but it’s certainly instructive to British Columbians in this particular situation. It goes like this:

After meeting with oil tycoons considering doing business in the province and trying to secure a royalty and investment climate beneficial to their interests, Premier Douglas emerged from (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Behn, Gillis talk Yukon, fracking on CBC radio

The Liard River Basin is threatened by proposed fracking (Two Island Films)

Listen to this 11-minute interview on CBC Yukon with First Nations resource management expert lawyer Caleb Behn and Common Sense Canadian publisher and filmmaker Damien Gillis – who has been co-directing a film about Behn for the past 3 and a half years.

Caleb Behn in Whitehorse

Behn and Gillis were in the Yukon this past week to discuss the pros and cons of shale gas development, in advance of the final public hearing by the Select Committee conducting a review into the industry. The Yukon has had a moratorium (Read more…)