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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 - 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 […]

Resource Works - Agriculture, air, fish, hydro, land, minerals, natural gas, oil, seafood, solar, water, wind, wood…there is no nation on earth blessed with a greater variety and abundance of natural resources than Canada. The following is a June 28, 2019 tweet thread from Vancouver-based Rick Anderson, a principal of Earnscliffe Strategy. His starting point was the recent release […]

Resource Works - Resource Works caught up with Jessica Kaknevicius (pictured), vice president of community engagement, Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Project Learning Tree Canada, to hear about innovation and new ideas in forestry. Can you give us a quick overview of what Project Learning Tree Canada is? Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada), an initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative […] Radio - Resources, Manufacturing No Longer Welcome in Canada?

Resource Works - After years of rhetoric and politics it is time to get the Trans Mountain project done. Stewart Muir, executive director of Resource Works, explains why. On June 18, the federal government announced it is again approving the project. Most British Columbians agree it should move forward. Resource Works sponsored a poll from Ipsos that was […]

Resource Works - Ignorance is what I kept encountering in my quest to understand the validity of the opposition against Trans Mountain, says writer Paula Arab. Nothing has been as divisive to national unity as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, since the Quebec referendum 25 years ago. But unlike separation, this project – reapproved Tuesday by the federal government – is good for the country andwill benefit all Canadians. Moving to Vancouver […]

Resource Works - Let’s pause, as Canadians, for a moment and contemplate Hansard from the Legislature of Alberta on the morning of May 23rd, 2019. Stewart Muir looks at the situation. Let’s also contemplate that the national media did not report this screaming headline across the nation, as it might hopefully provoke some fair questions regarding the state […]

Resource Works - To quote Rex Murphy, employment is not just a damn paycheque. It is the spine of most people’s existence. As politicians seek to legislate future jobs out of existence, Stewart Muir looks at how resource-sterilization lobbyists brought this about. Numerous lobbying efforts are underway in Canada and its provinces and territories to remove land from […]

Resource Works - Female hereditary chiefs who are fighting for the future of their people share their stories in harrowing court documents. Journalist Grant Warkentin looks at the situation for Resource Works. Three independently-minded female Wet’suwet’en leaders have had enough of the attacks from a small group of activist-backed men, who claimed this spring to have “stripped” the […] Radio - Threat of unity crisis if Trudeau anti-pipeline and tanker bills go through?

Resource Works - Companies across the economy are leveraging technology, innovation, best practices and low-carbon energy resources to reduce their carbon footprint and provide low-carbon solutions to international customers in a carbon-constrained world. We’ve been looking at some of the leading players in this space, and it turns out that all of them involving, some way, the responsible […]
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