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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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B.C. Liberals Masquerading As Harper Tories Destroy Legacy Of Climate Leadership

(29) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 7:44 PM

The week marked when the B.C. Liberals showed their true colours. On Monday, Oct. 20, the party took a page from the Harper Tories playbook and destroyed a legacy of climate leadership in British Columbia.

In what will become known as a defining moment in B.C. history,...

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Northern Gateway Pipeline Needs 6th B.C. Condition

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 3:08 PM

On June 17, the federal government approved Enbridge's controversial Northern Gateway pipeline. The pipeline will see 525,000 barrels of the heavy oil transported from the Alberta tar sands to the B.C. coast each day, for transport by tanker to foreign refineries.

With its decision, the federal government is bulldozing this...

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Kinder Morgan Better Answer Our Questions On Oil Spill Risk

(11) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 6:18 PM

The National Energy Board review process for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline is now well underway.

If the project is approved, we would see an increase from 60 to more than 400 heavy oil tankers leaving Vancouver harbour each year. Those tankers would then pass around the tip...

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Bill 4: What's Next For B.C. Park Amendment Act?

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 7:59 PM

Tens of thousands of people in B.C. have voiced their opposition to the recent passing of Bill 4, the Park Amendment Act. They are demanding its repeal because of fears around industrial development taking priority over the protection of our most significant areas of ecological diversity and natural...

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Taseko New Prosperity Mine Rejection Based On Sound Assessment

(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 1:03 AM

Earlier this month, Leona Aglukkaq, the federal environment minister, released her decision on the proposed Taseko New Prosperity Mine near Fish Lake, B.C. Based on the environmental assessment produced by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) she concluded that the project "is likely to cause significant...

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Let's Get Down To The Business Of B.C. Energy

(3) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 8:38 PM

Following energy policy development in B.C. over the past few years has closely resembled a roller coaster ride. As we head into a new legislature session, now is a good time to review the facts and open the discussion. The BC Liberals are going full on with a liquefied natural...

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The Northern Gateway Pipeline Decision Puts B.C. At Significant Risk

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 8:21 PM

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....

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Reality Check: The B.C. LNG Hyperbole

(4) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 5:48 PM

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"....

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An Open Letter to Premier Christy Clark

(22) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 7:33 PM

Honourable Christy Clark
Premier of British Columbia
Parliament Buildings
Victoria BC V8V 1X4


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....

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I Joined the Green Party Because I'm a Scientist

(19) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 12:43 PM

It was a bit rich for the NDP Environment Critic Megan Leslie to claim that the NDP is greener than the Green Party -- especially as her springboard for this claim was a so-called climate motion brought forward by the NDP that forgot to include a call...

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The Latest Proof of Global Warming? Adios Summer Sea Ice

(28) Comments | Posted September 9, 2012 | 2:31 AM

This past week is one to remember. On the positive side, Summer Mortimer and Benoit Huot continued their impressive medal haul at the 2012 London Paralympics. But more negatively, the federal Tories were up to more of their tricks putting fossil fuel interests ahead of pretty...

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Tories War on Science Hurts Us All

(47) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 6:48 PM

On May 1, a greeting card was mailed to me from a Canadian scientist who I had never met nor heard of before. This scientist continues to work in a field unrelated to my research and in a federal government lab in another province. Shocked by this week's news that...

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The Science Funded by Your Tax Dollars

(6) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 8:52 AM

Scientific research is typically conducted within one of three different settings: universities, federal and provincial government laboratories or industry. Different overarching mandates govern research in each of these sectors.

University research is typically curiosity-driven. Individual researchers seek to answer scientific questions that interest them. They submit research grant proposals...

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Our New Study: Global Warming From Coal Worse than Oil Sands

(201) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 9:08 AM

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. On September 28, we submitted the results of our...

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Why Fear B.C.'s Clean Energy Policy?

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 10:15 AM

In recent years British Columbia has emerged as an international leader in the development of policy and solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation. B.C.'s innovative revenue-neutral system of carbon pricing was recently copied by the Australian government, which passed similar carbon legislation two weeks ago. B.C.'s goal...

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Our Politicians Not Warming to Climate Change

(31) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 3:14 PM

The upcoming 17th conference of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) later this year in Durban, South Africa represents the last chance for international policy makers to negotiate an extension of the Kyoto Protocol after its first reporting period ends in 2012. In the lead...

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