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PostPosted: March 18th, 2016, 12:25 pm 
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I've read many critiques of the plan to export LNG from British Columbia but this latest piece by Andrew Nikiforuk is a really great summary of how the Liberal Govt. is either very mistaken or deliberately trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes whilst pretending to be leading the way on environmental issues.

I'm afraid that the current crisis in resource economies is going to let governments get away wit even more of these smoke and mirrors schemes.

The failure of the mainstream media to dig into these things is shameful


PostPosted: March 18th, 2016, 8:30 pm 
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Great documentary on natural gas industry in BC.

Covers some of the same ground as the Tyee article. It aired on PBS in States recently. Worth a look if you can get a hold of it.

PostPosted: March 19th, 2016, 8:02 am 
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LNG is no sure thing to help boost BC's economy but coal certainly is... coal is their most important export commodity, creating thousands of jobs and adding billions to the economy. Trying to shift the exports towards a less harmful fossil fuel, natural gas, may have been in response to national and global initiatives to reduce and eventually eliminate coal since it's seen as the dirtiest and the worst offender in carbon loadings resulting in climate change.

Here's one local initiative, there are many more.

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament Assembled:

It is more important than ever to build a strong, united voice against expanding thermal coal exports through B.C.’s ports.

On the first day of global climate talks in Paris, Port Metro Vancouver issued its second approval for the Fraser Surrey Docks coal port – this time allowing giant Panamax ships to travel up the Fraser River.

1.This approval directly contradicts Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's vision of Canada as an international climate change leader.

2.This approval directly contradicts Premier Christy Clark's vision of British Columbia as a climate leader – particularly her interest in weaning China off of coal-fired power plants.

3.This approval directly contradicts global efforts to turn away from coal as the single biggest contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.

4.This approval directly contradicts the kind of assessment process cabinet ministers have been mandated to create to restore public trust and science-based decision-making.

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