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What would it take to run ALL of BC's cars and trucks on electricity?

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By: Resource Works 

Originally posted on Resource Works website, and can be found here: http://www.resourceworks.com/energy-transition


In 2015, almost everyone agrees that the world needs to change the mix of fuels it uses. But exactly what the result needs to look like, and how quickly that can happen, is one of today's most pressing questions
The future of global energy is more natural gas, more nuclear, and more renewables like hydro. The energy sources that make the cut are the ones that meet these criteria:
affordableavailablereliableclean
Globally, it will be decades before these energies overtake oil and coal. In the meantime, policy makers are facing a lot of decisions. Supposing that British Columbia chose to move its entire car and truck fleet to electricity, what would be required of new power sources to equal the existing input derived mostly from gasoline and diesel? This is the question posed by the author ofthis blogthat specializes in energy questions pertinent to the lo…

Why oil and gas will continue to power the world for decades

By: Canadian Fuels Association

Originally posted on the Canadian Fuels Association blog on August 20, 2015, and can be found here:http://blog.canadianfuels.ca/why-oil-and-gas-will-continue-to-power-the-world-for-decades/

“Energy transitions – be they from coal to oil, from oil to natural gas, or from coal-fired electricity generation to a system relying primarily on renewables – are inherently prolonged affairs. New energy sources and conversion techniques become commercially viable only after decades spent establishing often expensive infrastructure.” -Vaclav Smil, author of Energy Myths and Realities, 2010.
Fossil fuels and their effects on climate change are in the news more than ever. United States President Barack Obama, for example, recently announced that hisclean power planwill reduce CO2 emissions by 32 per cent over 2005 levels by 2030.

However, transitions to new forms of energy are expensive, lengthy and often difficult, which means petroleum fuels continue to be the best ener…

NDP Government - Who Are Your Stakeholders?

By: Lisa Sygutek, Publisher - The Pass Herald

Originally published by the Crowsnest Pass Herald on September 9th, 2015, and can be found here: http://passherald.ca/archives/150909/index3.htm 

I am asking a question of the people of the Crowsnest Pass. 

Did you know before Friday, September 4, that the NDP government is enacting a plan to create an extra 1040 square kilometer park called the ‘Castle Provincial Park’ made up of a provincial and wildland park?

Well I didn’t until someone called me Thursday night to ask if I knew that the announcement was going to happen.

I felt bad as a media source because I didn’t know what was happening. I quickly went to work, late Thursday night, to find the press release, the invite, to find something. Only to find that we never received a thing.

So ... I called Ezra, my reporter, and said we have a meeting at Stone’s Throw on Friday morning at 11 a.m.

I was late because I couldn’t find parking so I walked down the street from our office to see several pe…

Universities Must Reject Environmentalist Calls To Divest From The Fossil Fuel Industry

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By: Alex Epstein

Alex is the author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and President and Founder of the Center For Industrial Progress

Originally published on August 28, 2015 by Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexepstein/2013/08/28/universities-must-reject-environmentalist-calls-to-divest-from-the-fossil-fuel-industry/ 

As the academic year begins, I hope you will take a moment to read this letter to American universities, cosigned by 80 distinguished scholars, about the increasingly popular “divestment” movement–led by radical environmentalist groups and now publicly supported by President Obama. I wrote this letter because I believe that “divestment” poses a grave threat to both the American economy and to open debate on campus.

Dear American Universities,

You have no doubt heard the calls by certain environmentalist groups for you to publicly divest your endowments of any investments in the fossil fuel industry. We ask that you reject these calls as an attempt to silence legitima…

The Hidden Environmental Cost of Renewable Energy

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By: Blair King

Blair King is a resident of the Township of Langley, B.C. and a practicing environmental scientist. He has an academic background in chemistry, biology and environmental studies and an interest in the use of scientific data in environmental decision-making. 

Blair blogs about topics that cross the interface between science and decision-making at A Chemist in Langley.  

Article originally posted by the Huffington Post on July 22, 2015: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/blair-king/renewable-energy-canada-rare-metals_b_7837710.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia 

There is something very important that most people don't know about renewable energy technologies. While many of these technologies have existed since humanity started to harness the power of the wind and the sun to help us do work, they all owe their current capabilities to the existence of rare earth elements. Neodymium, dysprosium, lanthanum, cerium sound like the names of some magical characters in Peter Jackson…