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LNG plants in Kitimat would burn more natural gas than two Vancouvers, report says

The Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, Nov. 21 2013

Victoria — A British Columbia conservation group says proposed liquefied natural gas plants in the Kitimat area will burn up to two-and-a-half times more natural gas than is consumed in Metro Vancouver annually.

World-first pilot plant to turn carbon dioxide into rock

ABC News, 23 Aug 2013

A research pilot plant in Newcastle will trial world-first technology that turns carbon emissions into bricks and pavers for the construction industry.

David Suzuki: B.C.’s gas plan is a short-sighted pipe dream

David Suzuki, Rabble.ca, May 28 2013

B.C. appears to be pinning its economic hopes on natural gas – much of it obtained by fracking. While the world should be turning from fossil fuels to cleaner energy and conservation, we’re poised to dig ourselves deeper into the climate-altering carbon hole.

Climate Bombshell: BC Not Reporting a Whopping 3 million Car's Worth of Climate Pollution

Kevin Grandia, Vancouver Observer, May 27 2013

The BC provincial government has been throwing around some big numbers and promises with the planned expansion of natural gas operations, but one large number they are not mentioning is the millions of tonnes of heat-trapping methane gas they are not reporting in official government documents.

Global carbon dioxide levels set to pass 400ppm milestone

John Vidal, The Guardian, 29 April 2013

The concentration of carbon in the atmosphere over the next few days is expected to hit record levels

I’m with the Tree Huggers

Michael Grunwald, Time Magazine, Feb 28 2013

The activists fighting the Keystone XL pipeline are radical-and right

Alberta cancels funding for carbon capture project

Richard Blackwell, Globe and Mail, Feb. 25 2013

For the second time in less than a year a key carbon capture and storage project in Alberta has been hit with a major setback, denting the province’s efforts to combat carbon emissions.

Governor Inslee Calls Coal Exports ‘The Largest Decision We Will Be Making As A State From A Carbon Pollution Standpoint’

Jessica Goad, ThinkProgress.com, Jan 22 2013

Newly-minted Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been lauded for his impassioned views on environmental issues from climate change to renewable energy.  Indeed, his first official act as governor was to write a letter to a clean energy company inviting it to relocate to the state.

New York's carbon emissions - in real time

In 2010 New York City added 54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere (75% from buildings, the bulk of the rest from transport) but that number means little to most people because few of us have a sense of scale for atmospheric pollution.

Carbon boondoggle robs poor to fuel rich

Brian Kieran, Monday Magazine, August 16, 2012

Government spin is usually merely tedious. However, on occasion it slips into a deceptive state and that is where B.C.’s much-lauded “carbon neutral” status resides today.

Crown corporation draws taxpayer group's ire as carbon credit sales plummet

Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, August 2, 2012

Private companies bought fewer carbon credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions in 2011-12 than in the previous year from the Pacific Carbon Trust, showing the province's carbon corporation is a failure, according to a taxpayers' group.

LNG: Progressive chance or regressive act?

Tom Pedersen & Kathryn Harrison, Vancouver Sun, July 4, 2012

Redefining dirty as clean is no way to cut emissions

Alberta's oilsands pipelines promise massive non-stop brand-Canada carbon spills

Barry Saxifrage, Vancouver Observer, June 21 2012

Each proposed tar sands pipeline, like Enbridge's Northern Gateway, requires a massive new climate pollution spill to go with it. The size of any one of these new CO2 spills far exceeds all of BC's current emissions.  These pipelines literally can't function without these CO2 spills starting and continuing for decades. They are part of the deal. And those deals are starting to lock Canadians into a lose-lose future.

Beyond Keystone

Bill McKibben, Huffington Post, February 28, 2012

There were two scientific studies this week that set the ongoing Keystone pipeline battle in sharp relief.

You can’t take the tar sands out of the climate equation

Mark Jaccard, Globe and Mail, Feb. 28, 2012

Andrew Weaver and Neil Swart of the University of Victoria are surely about to receive a major award from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the Alberta government and even the Canadian government for their just-released paper in Nature on the potential contribution of Alberta tar sands to global warming.

There is a way to clean up ‘dirty’ oil’s problems

Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail, Feb. 25, 2012

Canada’s bitumen resources have a problem, and neither the companies that wish to exploit bitumen or the governments trying to help them seem to understand it.

Secret memo warns oilsands damage may be irreversible

Mike De Souza, Postmedia News, Calgary Herald, February 21, 2012

Collateral damage from Canada's booming oilsands sector may be irreversible, posing a "significant environmental and financial risk to the province of Alberta," says a secret memorandum prepared for the federal government's top bureaucrat.

B.C. coal exports coming under scrutiny for contributing to greenhouse gases

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, February 20, 2012

VANCOUVER -- Coal is fast gaining notoriety as the dirtiest fossil fuel and a growing source of global greenhouse gas emissions, all of which is staining the B.C. government's green climate-action initiatives.

Oilsands impacts posing 'financial risk' to Alberta, says PCO

Mike De Souza, Postmedia News, Vancouver Sun, February 20, 2012

OTTAWA — Collateral damage from Canada's booming oilsands sector may be irreversible, posing a "significant environmental and financial risk to the province of Alberta," says a secret memorandum prepared for the federal government's top bureaucrat.

Coal, not oil sands, the true climate change bad guy, analysis shows

BOB WEBER, The Canadian Press, Feb. 19, 2012

One of the world’s top climate scientists has calculated that emissions from Alberta’s oil sands are unlikely to make a big difference to global warming and that the real threat to the planet comes from burning coal.

Is BC about to drop a new carbon bomb?

Marc Lee, CCPA Policy Note, July 11th, 2011

Any day now the BC government should be releasing the latest greenhouse gas data for the province, and we will see if any progress is being made towards a legislated 33% reduction in emissions by 2020 (relative to 2007 levels; data will be for 2009 and we know that emissions rose in 2008).

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