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Andrew Weaver

B.C. Green Party MLA, Lansdowne Professor at University Of Victoria Professor

Andrew Weaver is the MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head and deputy leader of the B.C. Green Party. He is a Lansdowne Professor at the University of Victoria and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. He is the author of Keeping our Cool: Canada in a Warming World (Penguin Canada, 2008) and Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming (Orca Books, 2011).
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We Need To End Trophy Hunting In British Columbia

In the grizzly hunting debate, the B.C. legislature appears to be the last stronghold protecting the trophy hunting industry in our province. Economic, scientific, and social justifications for the practice don't add up. Ecotourism and bear viewing companies generate more revenue than their trigger-happy counterparts, and they are far more sustainable over the long term.
11/13/2015 11:25 EST
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We Need To Save Caribou From Local Extinction

We need to protect as much land as possible from all human activities so remaining wildlife populations have the space and resources needed to respond to predation and food supply challenges. The cost of restricting industrial development in B.C.'s forests would be expensive in terms of lost revenue, but it would save us having to micromanage every dwindling species.
11/03/2015 12:02 EST
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Northern Gateway Pipeline Needs 6th B.C. Condition

The federal government's failure to respect the will of British Columbians is particularly ironic. In 1980 when Trudeau introduced the National Energy Program, Albertans were outraged. They argued that it was utterly inappropriate for the federal government to interfere with their energy policy as it was deemed to be within provincial jurisdiction. Have we not learned anything from history?
06/18/2014 02:11 EDT
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Kinder Morgan Better Answer Our Questions On Oil Spill Risk

The thought of this enormous increase in tanker traffic alarms me, and I know I'm not alone. With more oil tankers comes more risk of an oil spill -- one that could destroy our pristine coastline and devastate our local communities. The whole idea undermines Vancouver's award-winning efforts to become the world's greenest city by 2020.
05/22/2014 05:18 EDT
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What's Next For B.C. Park Amendment Act?

There are guidelines over assessing what kind of activities are to be allowed in B.C. parks. However, they are not law -- they are regulations, and they can be changed by the ministry without any public consultation, public debate, or public scrutiny. The passing of Bill 4 means that the law protecting our parks has been weakened, while the ministry has increased its power and adopted a "trust us" approach.
04/02/2014 06:59 EDT
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Taseko New Prosperity Mine Rejection Based On Sound Assessment

British Columbia is blessed with a vast array of natural resources; mining has and will continue to have a profound influence on the B.C. economy. But the reason why we have environmental assessments is to ensure that new mine developments meet certain criteria. Cutting red tape means expediting the assessment process, not undermining it.
03/02/2014 01:23 EST
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The Northern Gateway Pipeline Decision Puts B.C. At Significant Risk

The National Energy Board's Joint Review Panel (JRP) has now released its final report on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project. The project would see 525,000 barrels of the heavy oil diluted bitumen (dilbit) transported across British Columbia each day and loaded onto super tankers for shipment to international refineries. This puts British Columbia at significant economic and environmental risk.
12/19/2013 05:21 EST
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Reality Check: The B.C. LNG Hyperbole

In what has to be one of the most bizarre and misleading press releases I have ever seen, the B.C. government issued a report in reference to the province's Montney Formation, that claimed: "this potential [natural gas] supply can support development and LNG export operations for more than 150 years". Let's take a closer look at this 150 year number.
11/12/2013 01:48 EST
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An Open Letter to Premier Christy Clark

Dear Premier Clark: I applaud the fact that your government has been consistent in requiring five conditions to be met before you will support enhanced heavy oil tanker traffic off our coast. Consistency is important in providing certainty to the public, business and investors alike. It is for this reason that I am writing to you to seek some further clarification on the second and third of your five conditions.
10/08/2013 03:33 EDT
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I Joined the Green Party Because I'm a Scientist

I never imagined I would be a candidate for any party. As a scientist, I am way outside my comfort zone. But when I look at my children and imagine what their future will be if we continue with politics as usual, I realized I could no longer sit on the sidelines. The reason I joined the Green Party of BC was not because I was yearning for power, or willing to parse the truth and join in the hyper-partisan spin of the major parties. I joined the Green Party because it is the only party to consistently support climate action -- carbon pricing, an end to fossil fuel subsidies, aggressive efforts in energy efficiency and demand-side management and the steady expansion of renewable and green energy.
05/08/2013 12:13 EDT
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The Latest Proof of Global Warming? Adios Summer Sea Ice

During this past week Arctic sea ice retreated to all-time lows, shattering the previous record set in 2007 by an area roughly the size of (ironically) Alberta. This past week, the much-anticipated new and improved federal regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired electricity plants leaked out. To no one's surprise, they are significantly weakened from what we had been told to expect.
09/09/2012 09:35 EDT

The Science Funded by Your Tax Dollars

While Harper is cutting funds to scientific research, the government doesn't actually understand how it works. Science should feed into policy discussions, but in and of itself science cannot and should not dictate what policy directions should be taken.
05/29/2012 07:52 EDT

Tories War on Science Hurts Us All

I was shocked by this week's news that the Harper Tories were closing Environment Canada's Experimental Lakes Area, cutting a smokestack emissions research group and a Department of Fisheries and Oceans contaminants program. Where are the real Tories willing to put the word "conserve" back into the Conservative Party of Canada?
05/29/2012 05:48 EDT
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Our New Study: Global Warming From Coal Worse than Oil Sands

In the midst of the controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline last fall, two of us -- Neil Swart, a PhD student in my lab, and I -- undertook to measure the likely impact of oil sands development upon world climate. Our overarching conclusion? As a society, we will live or die by our future consumption of coal.
02/21/2012 09:08 EST