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April 24, 2014

Poll: British Columbians ready to shift away from fossil fuels

Seven in ten see economic opportunity in developing cleaner sources of energy

By Kevin Sauvé, James Glave, Tom Pedersen

New polling research reveals that British Columbians want the province to produce, use and export fewer fossil fuels and embrace cleaner sources of energy instead.

Pembina Institute response to the joint review panel’s recommendation for approval, with conditions, of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

Pembian reacts to B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s comment that her government’s commitment to producing the "cleanest" liquefied natural gas in the world applies only to the liquefaction process.

Nathan Lemphers, senior policy analyst with the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to British Columbia’s final written argument to the Northern Gateway Panel.

An assessment of climate change issues in political platforms reveals clear distinctions between British Columbia’s four major parties. The assessment looks at the following four election issues with implications for climate change and the province’s ability to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets: liquefied natural gas (LNG), oil pipelines, the carbon tax and green jobs.

Matt Horne, climate change program director at the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to BC NDP leader Adrian Dix’s opposition to Kinder Morgan’s proposal to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Matt Horne, climate change program director at the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to the British Columbia NDP’s promise to broaden the provincial carbon tax, if elected.

Matt Horne, climate change program director at the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to Premier Christy Clark’s promise to freeze the province’s carbon tax for five years if elected. 

March 7, 2013

Groups team up for a better future

Urge would-be provincial leaders to recommit to B.C. climate leadership

British Columbia’s next government can help secure a better future by reforming the carbon tax and investing a portion of the resulting revenue in energy efficiency, innovation, public transit, and other community solutions to climate change.

Nov. 21, 2012

Environmental groups, First Nations join in opposition to omnibus Bill C-45

Massive bill before Parliament further undermines Canadian democracy and environment, groups say in open letter

First Nations and environmental, recreation and grassroots groups supported by more than half a million Canadians today issued an open letter opposing the federal government’s controversial second omnibus bill, C-45, as the proposed legislation enters final rounds of debate in Parliament this week.

By Matt Horne, Tom Pedersen

The carbon tax is motivating behaviour changes in British Columbians and many are supportive of further rate increases if revenue is invested in ways that align with their priorities, a new opinion poll has found.

When interim finance minister Shirley Bond moves into her office next week, she will find her desk piled with more than 1,500 letters from British Columbians encouraging her to recommit to climate leadership.

By Matt Horne, Ian Bruce, James Glave, Guy Dauncey

The Better Future Fund initiative invites British Columbians to share ideas on how the proceeds from an expanded carbon tax could help their communities fight global warming.

June 25, 2012

Carbon tax is good for B.C. say business, environmental and community leaders

New study finds consensus across sectors on concern for climate change and need for climate policies such as a carbon tax

By Matt Horne, Ekaterina Petropavlova, P.J. Partington

A new study investigating a broad range of perspectives on British Columbia’s carbon tax shows that, across economic and social sectors, most think the policy has been positive for the province.

May 30, 2012

New report presents solutions to manage economic downsides of oilsands development

Pembina Institute analysis identifies significant challenges for the Canadian economy if impacts of the oilsands boom are left unaddressed

In the Shadow of the Boom: How oilsands development is reshaping Canada’s economy reviews the extent to which oilsands production and exports are affecting Canada’s economy, and explores the longer-term economic implications of increased reliance on oilsands expansion to support economic growth and generate public revenue.

The Pembina Institute comments on Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s announcement that the federal government will weaken environmental oversight of resource development projects.

Matt Horne, director of the Pembina Institute’s climate change program, made the following statement in response to the release of British Columbia’s Natural Gas Strategy.

By David Suzuki Foundation, Pembina Institute, Tides Canada

In an open letter released today, 85 British Columbia business leaders call on the provincial government to reaffirm and strengthen its leadership on climate change.

Nov. 29, 2011

New report highlights dangers associated with tar sands pipeline to British Columbia

Report warns that corrosive oil, dangerous pathway and treacherous seas make Northern Gateway project an unnecessary threat

By Pembina Institute, Living Oceans Society, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

A new report highlights the dangers associated with transporting tar sands oil by Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway project, both along the pipeline pathway and on B.C.'s sensitive coast, which massive oil tankers would be navigating for the first time. The report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Pembina Institute and Living Oceans Society has also been endorsed by nine British Columbia organizations.

Two reports call on B.C. to keep a closer eye on the shale gas industry.

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