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Stewart Muir

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Stewart Muir is founder and executive director of the Resource Works Society, a Vancouver-based group open to participation by British Columbians from all walks of life who are concerned about their future economic opportunities. He is an author, journalist and historian with experience on three continents including a financial editor of The Vancouver Sun responsible for mining and markets coverage. Since Resource Works was established in 2014, the group has gained international recognition for its practical approach to the public challenges of responsible natural resource development and use. Radio - Canadian Natural Gas in Europe Radio - The world is hungry for Canada’s LNG Radio - Canada lacks an Energy policy –  Calgary firm flees to US Radio - First Nations would be the biggest losers under Liberal plan Radio - Will Governments act on BC’s declining Forest Industry?

Resource Works - From the Interior to the Island to Metro Vancouver and its suburbs, British Columbia forest workers are facing the biggest threat in decades. As civic leaders gather in Vancouver this week for the annual Union of BC Municipalities Convention, it will be a chance to speak directly with provincial representatives on their important issues. Forestry […] Radio - What is a Vancouver Max? Whales might like it Radio - Should Canada continue to export raw logs?

Resource Works - Longtime forestry journalist Gordon Hamilton went in search of solutions to the crisis in the woods. A SPECIAL REPORT FROM RESOURCE WORKS Communities throughout the British Columbia Interior are facing an economic crisis as the combined effects of beetle epidemics, forest fires and external market forces take their toll on what was once North America’s […]

August 25th, 2019 | Examining the Evidence

Resource Works - Do climate lawsuits serve the interests of municipalities and local residents? Since January, 2017 a campaign has been underway to hold fossil fuel companies financially ‘accountable’ for the effects of a changing climate on BC communities by taking several actions including writing demand letters to the top 20 fossil fuel companies and connecting with other […] Radio - Why is there a political war against Canada’s best paying jobs? Radio - National Climate Change Emergency should mean more LNG exports

Resource Works - Dr. ‘Lyn Anglin, founding president and CEO of Geoscience BC, takes a look at what happened at the British Columbia copper and gold mine after its 2014 tailings accident. I’ve taken a look back over the progress that has been made by Mount Polley in response to the well-known tailings spill, and in this post […]

Resource Works - After voting to sue fuel companies for their role in climate change, local officials signed off on a jet-fuel pipeline project that will create decades of emissions. Awkward? Stewart Muir looks at the issue. Only a small number of municipalities in British Columbia have caved in to lobbying efforts by West Coast Environmental Law to […]

Resource Works - Radical improvements needed for metal mining to impact climate change as much as it needs to in coming decades. Reprinted from the July 2019 newsletter of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation. Most Canadians recognize the global impact of climate change and acknowledge that in other parts of the world, the effects are CRITICAL. Currently, one […]

Resource Works - Despite some myths, crude oil from the Alberta oil sands has a ready market across the Pacific, writes Stewart Muir. It’s a persistent myth: Canadian heavy oil from the tar sands is “inferior” and nobody is going to buy it, so what do we need an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline for? Abundant evidence (the latest […] Radio - BC Greens Lying When Say China Not Interested in Canadian Heavy Oil

Resource Works - Resource Works is among sixty non-governmental organizations attending the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) 2019 summit, being held in Saskatoon July 21-25. PNWER is a statutory public/private non-profit created to enhance the competitiveness of the region – five U.S. states and five Canadian provides and territories – in both domestic and international markets. It also […]

Resource Works - TRANSCRIPT: Canadian oil & gas should be on the global market, because greenhouse gas emissions will go down when Canadian products replace competing fuels from any other source in the world. Steve Laut of Canadian Natural Resources explained this trend. Below is a transcript of a July 2019 ARC Energy Ideas podcastwhere Peter Tertzakian and Jackie […]

Resource Works - If all of India’s households transitioned to clean fuels, 13% of premature mortality could be averted from the reduction in ambient pollution, says a recent study. The benefits of natural gas exports from Canada are often stated in terms of the economic boost of a new industry, or the climate advantages of a low-CO2, clean-burning […] Radio - Resource Works Society named as a Top 50 Energy Influencer

Resource Works - The fact that British Columbia residents pay more in road fuel tax than just about anywhere in North America is a deliberate policy to reduce consumption and GHG emissions. Although perception among some consumers may be that gasoline and diesel prices are too high, the majority of the costs that people pay at the pump […]

Resource Works - If you have to burn a fossil fuel for power or heat, natural gas should be the first choice. Energy specialist Ian King makes the case for liquefied natural gas from British Columbia. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: natural gas is a worse climate villain than coal. It’s a bridge fuel to […]

Resource Works - Last week, Vancouver City Council voted in favour of a motion to set the city on a path to pursue a lawsuit against major energy producers in an attempt to hold them liable for climate-change related damages. Stewart Muir analyses the situation and offers a way forward However, proponents on Vancouver’s Council should be looking […]

Resource Works - The University of Victoria found $730,000 to be part of a $4.5 million, publicly funded corporate smear campaign against energy professionals. The end product is an amateurish grab bag of inaccurate information, writes Stewart Muir Four years and $4.5 million later, Canadian taxpayers have the result of the Corporate Mapping Project, a scheme to expose […]
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