June 21, 2022. LNG not a climate saver in just a few years. BC to drop 25% of driving in next 8 years: how!

WONDER ALL AROUND US. HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!

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How’s reconciliation with indigenous people going on National Aboriginal Peoples Day? We hear from Wet’suwet’en Chief Woos. BC politicians have long been saying exporting LNG from the province’s fracking fields is a climate winner. U of C prof Sara Hastings-Simon says, yes in the short run – if we bring supply leaks under control – but not really in the medium term. For 3 degrees of climate change: burn LNG. The Clean BC climate plan says we must reduce vehicle trips 25% by 2030. How? There’s no real plan for that. Guy Dauncey from the West Coast Climate Network says transportation can swing fast.

LINKS AND EVENTS:

Sara Hastings-Simon’s piece on LNG’s narrow window as a bridge fuel

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/opinion-lng-canada-displace-coal-climate-solution-problem-1.6480377?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

West Coast Climate Action Network webinars on BC Transportation

Tuesday June 21 7:30 pm.

Today In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day the Autonomous Sinixt and allies at nk̓ʕáwxtən (the Vallican camp) are inviting everyone to visit anytime before 5pm.

This is an opportunity to visit nk̓ʕáwxtən and say hello to Sinixt matriarch Marilyn James and her family. Please bring your own snacks/lunch or food to share. This is an open invitation that can be shared widely.

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Tuesday June 21 7:30 pm.

Tonight, Tuesday, June 21, Simon Kempston an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist from Scotland, is the guest at a one-time house concert in Nelson. w

Simon has had rave reviews from the BBC and the many international venues

he’s played at on tour. 

The small house concert is on tonight JUNE 21ST AT 7:30 P.M. Call 250-354-9577 to reserve your seat and get directions to the venue.  Email me ecocentric@KootenayCoopradio.com if you need the details.

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Wednesday Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tomorrow, June 22 there is a local Skill Building Series on Climate Action: Deep Canvassing Training & Phone Bank.  It’s being put on by Neighbours United which is the new name for the West kootenay EcoSociety, we’ll have to bring on a guest to tell us about the name change soon.

The locals are the first group in Canada, and the first group anywhere, to develop a long term deep canvass on climate and energy. Since 2020, Neighbours United team of volunteers have had over 1000 transformational conversations with neighbours about meaningful climate action.

They are looking for canvass volunteers and even if you can’t make the storytelling and compassionate curiosity trainings? That’s ok! You can still sign up to deep canvass!

Find out more neighboursUnited.ca

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Friday June 24th. 3 pm to 7 pm.

This Friday June 24th.  The City of Nelson is ghosting its first E-Bike Expo.

There will be a variety of different bikes on display, and participants will get the chance to hear about real-world experiences and learn about the future of transportation in Nelson. 

“The idea for the event is to provide a space where residents can drop in and have an informal conversation with their neighbours about choosing an E-Bike.” 

The E-Bike Expo will be free to attend and take place on Friday, June 24, from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at the Nelson Innovation Center, located in Railtown (next to the Visitors Centre).  

I’m going to be riding my cheap ebike… a kit bike that cost $1700 down to the event to celebrate the way electricity helps tame Nelson hills.

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Saturday, June 25, 2022, 1pm 

Coming up on Saturday June 25th its the Friends of Kootenay Lake’s AGM and wetland tour

It’s at the Harrop Schoolhouse across the ferry in Harrop. The in-person Annual General Meeting starts at 1 pm and it will be followed by a tour of Harrop wetland to learn about our habitat enhancement project and hear from citizen science volunteers about what they have observed at the wetland since 2015.

More info and register here on their website, FriendsOfKootenayLake.ca

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Wednesday June 29th Across Canada

Next Wednesday June 29th  End Climate Delay – Day of Action 

350.org: says Last summer extreme heat killed over 600 people in Canada alone, but Trudeau continues to delay meaningful climate action. That’s why on June 29th – to mark the anniversary of the Heat Dome – communities across the country will hold our government accountable and demand a Just Transition. Sign up to host an event in your community. 

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ENVIRONMENT NEWS

B.C. Supreme Court justice Shelley Fitzpatrick has sentenced another retired university professor to jail. Public-health expert Dr. Tim Takaro, 65, was ordered to spend 30 days in prison as a result of violating an injunction obtained by the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Activists have been actively blockading pipelline construction to its terminal in Burnaby for years. Takaro was only the most recent protestor to be sent to jail. 

Tim Takaro said: “The real climate criminals are the federal and provincial governments for not taking decisive action to reduce fossil energy infrastructure and ignoring the urgency of the climate crisis,” “The government needs to take the climate crisis seriously to keep people from dying, instead of shamelessly going after the people who are fighting to keep our planet healthy and safe for generations to come.”

Takaro was one of six people who were arrested in the Brunette River area of Burnaby. Five others pleaded guilty, including William Winder, a retired professor in UBC’s Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies. On February 15, Fitzpatrick sentenced Winder to 21 days in jail.

Takaro and Winder were part of the so-called “Brunette River 6” group of activists who suspended themselves in trees to make it difficult for contractors to clear the land for the pipeline expansion.

https://www.straight.com/news/sfu-professor-emeritus-tim-takaro-sentenced-to-30-days-in-jail-for-violating-trans-mountain

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Fossil fuel companies and the banks that finance them “have humanity by the throat”, the UN secretary general Antonio Gutierres said recently..

Guterres compared fossil fuel companies to the tobacco companies that continued to push their addictive products while concealing or attacking health advice that showed clear links between smoking and cancer, the first time he has drawn such a parallel.

He said: “We seem trapped in a world where fossil fuel producers and financiers have humanity by the throat. For decades, the fossil fuel industry has invested heavily in pseudoscience and public relations – with a false narrative to minimise their responsibility for climate change and undermine ambitious climate policies.

Speaking to the Major Economies Forum, a climate conference organised by the White House, Guterres also castigated governments that are failing to rein in fossil fuels, and in many cases seeking increased production of gas, oil and even coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/17/fossil-fuel-firms-un-head-antonio-guterres-blistering-attack

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Alberta has seen a massive increase in corporate investment in renewable energy since 2019, and capacity from those deals is set to increase output by two gigawatts —  enough to power roughly 1.5 million homes. 

Nagwan Al-Guneid, the director of Business Renewables Centre Canada, says. their “analysis shows $3.7 billion worth of renewables construction by 2023 and 4,500 jobs,”

The addition of two gigawatts is over two times the amount of renewable energy added to the grid between 2010 and 2017, according to the Canadian Energy Regulator. 

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You probably thought this already had been done by now, because it’s been announced so many times, but the final timetable for banning single use plastics in Canada was released this week.

The federal government is banning companies from importing or making plastic bags and takeout containers by the end of this year, from selling them by the end of next year and from exporting them by the end of 2025.

The move will also affect single-use plastic straws, stir sticks, cutlery and six-pack rings used to hold cans and bottles together.

But environmental experts point out that the plastic targetted is only about 15% of the overall plastic problem in Canada, a lot of which includes plastic bottles and packaging.,

Federal data show that in 2019, 15.5 billion plastic grocery bags, 4.5 billion pieces of plastic cutlery, three billion stir sticks, 5.8 billion straws, 183 million six-pack rings and 805 million takeout containers were sold in Canada

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/plastics-ban-countdown-1.6494379

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Delivering “a message of hope and action,” a 93-member coalition of environmental groups, aquariums, and outdoor recreation companies is urging the Biden administration in the United States to recognize that restoring and protecting the world’s oceans can help limit global heating to 1.5°C.

“The ocean offers powerful solutions to address the climate crisis,” the coalition writes in its blueprint to inform the United States’ first-ever ocean climate action plan, which Biden announced on World Oceans Day June 8, reports the Washington Post.

“A successful ocean climate action plan will leverage both the mitigation and adaptation power of the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes and provide important opportunities for the administration to reach its climate and justice goals,” it adds.

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Countries accounting for about 80% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and economic output made new promises on methane controls, clean energy technology demonstrations, zero-emission vehicles, food security and agriculture emissions, and green shipping at a Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate convened by U.S. President Joe Biden June 17.

The gathering, the third since Biden took office nearly 18 months ago, also saw commitments from Chile, Egypt, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam to update or strengthen their emission reduction targets under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the White House said in a published summary. 

Earlier in the week, the new government in Australia unveiled an updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris deal that calls for a 43% emissions reduction from 2005 levels by 2030.

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The Regional District of Central Kootenay will officially open its new composting facility at the Creston landfill June 21.

This signals the beginning of curbside collection of compostable material in Creston, the first of a planned series of similar initiatives throughout the West Kootenay.

“Within B.C., residential organic waste makes up approximately 35 per cent of material sent to landfills,” said an RDCK statement on June 17. “In the quest for zero waste, the RDCK’s new program will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save landfill capacity and reduce leachate impacts.”

In October, a new composting facility at the former landfill site near Salmo will begin receiving organic waste from curbside collection in Nelson, Castlegar, and Trail.

In combination with the two processing facilities, the RDCK is also upgrading both the Ootischenia landfill and Grohman Narrows (Nelson) transfer areas to accept organic waste that will be transported to the Salmo facility.

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The Guardian newspaper this past weekend put out an analysis at the exploding heat waves taking place all over the planet.  Perhaps the most striking one was in Antartica which was supposed to be cooling as it headed into its winter, but thermometers recorded a massive 15C hotter than the previous all-time record.  At the same time at the other pole on the planet, the Artic ocean area was also recording record warm temperatures.

As the Guardian newspaper put it… heatwaves at both poles at once start to look a lot like climate catastrophe.

And of course it’s not just the polar regions…. A heatwave struck India and Pakistan in March, bringing the highest temperatures in that month since records began 122 years ago. Spring was more like midsummer in the US, with soaring temperatures across the country in May. Spain saw the mercury hit 40C in early June as a heatwave swept across Europe, hitting the UK last week.

Scientists have been able quickly to prove that these record-breaking temperatures are no natural occurrence. A study published last month showed that the south Asian heatwave was made 30 times more likely to happen by human influence on the climate.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/18/burning-planet-why-are-the-worlds-heatwaves-getting-more-intense

2 thoughts on “June 21, 2022. LNG not a climate saver in just a few years. BC to drop 25% of driving in next 8 years: how!

  1. It’s no longer prudent to have all or even most infrastructure reliant on such traditional sources of power, regardless of — or, maybe, due to — collective humankind’s vulnerable over-reliance on planet-warming fossil fuels. But if the universal availability of a renewable-energy alternative, such as mass solar-energy harvestation, would come at the expense of the traditional ‘energy’ production companies’ large profits, one can expect obstacles, including the political and regulatory sort. That applies here in the West as well as Africa, Asia and Australia.
    If something notably conflicts with long-held and deeply entrenched corporate interests, even very progressive motions are greatly resisted, often enough successfully. And, of course, there will be those who will rebut the renewable-energy type/concept altogether, perhaps solely on the illogic that if it was possible, it would have been patented already and made a few people superfluously rich.
    Meantime, assuming fossil fuel industry CEOs are not foolish enough to actually believe that their descendants will somehow always evade the health repercussions related to their industry’s environmentally reckless decisions, I wonder whether the unlimited-profit objective/nature is somehow irresistible to those businesspeople, including the willingness to simultaneously allow an already threatened consumer base to continue so, if not be threatened even further? It somewhat brings to mind the allegorical fox stung by the instinct-abiding scorpion while ferrying it across the river, leaving both to drown.
    Still, there must be a point at which the status quo — be it bone-dry-vegetation areas uncontrollably burning, unbreathable city air, or unprecedented high-death-toll weather events — will end up hurting even Big Fossil Fuel’s own bottom-line interests.

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  2. It’s no longer prudent to have all or even most infrastructure reliant on such traditional sources of power, regardless of — or, maybe, due to — collective humankind’s vulnerable over-reliance on planet-warming fossil fuels. But if the universal availability of a renewable-energy alternative, such as mass solar-energy harvestation, would come at the expense of the traditional ‘energy’ production companies’ large profits, one can expect obstacles, including the political and regulatory sort.

    If something notably conflicts with long-held and deeply entrenched corporate interests, even very progressive motions are greatly resisted, often enough successfully. And, of course, there will be those who will rebut the renewable-energy type/concept altogether, perhaps solely on the illogic that if it was possible, it would have been patented already and made a few people superfluously rich.

    Meantime, assuming fossil fuel industry CEOs are not foolish enough to actually believe that their descendants will somehow always evade the health repercussions related to their industry’s environmentally reckless decisions, I wonder whether the unlimited-profit objective/nature is somehow irresistible to those businesspeople, including the willingness to simultaneously allow an already threatened consumer base to continue so, if not be threatened even further? It somewhat brings to mind the allegorical fox stung by the instinct-abiding scorpion while ferrying it across the river, leaving both to drown.

    Still, there must be a point at which the status quo — be it bone-dry-vegetation areas uncontrollably burning, unbreathable city air, or unprecedented high-death-toll weather events — will end up hurting even Big Fossil Fuel’s own bottom-line interests.

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    P.S. Throughout my life, I’ve found that a large number of owners/drivers of superfluously over-powered thus gas-guzzling vehicles consider their machines to be an extension of their phallic ego, and it terrifies them to even contemplate a world in which they cannot readily fuel that extension. And comparatively quiet electric cars are no substitute.

    Not surprising, I often observe parked vehicles idling for many minutes, even in very warm weather. Sometimes I’ll also see the exhaust spewed by a vanity vehicle, a metallic beast with the signature superfluously very large body and wheels that don’t at all appear used for work or family transport.

    They’re the same gratuitously huge monsters that when parked roadside hazardously block the view of short-car operators turning or crossing through stop-signed intersections; and they look and spew thick exhaust as though they might get about 25 gallons to the mile.
    Inside each is the operator, typically staring down into their lap, probably their smartphones.

    I couldn’t help wondering whether they’re some of the people posting complaints onto various social media platforms about a possible gas tax/price increase, however comparatively small. Here in Canada, the carbon tax, though it’s more than recouped via government rebate (except for the high-incomed), induces much pastime complaining.

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