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July 18, 2019 | Regional Canadian, U.S. Policy Leaders Gather to Scope Out Economic Future

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 […]

July 16, 2019 | The 1990s image of High Cost, High Emissions Canadian Fossil Fuels is Now Completely Out of Date

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 […]

July 14, 2019 | Swapping Dirty Cooking Fuels for Natural Gas & LNG Shows Live-Saving Results

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 […]

July 7, 2019 | How the Trans Mountain Expansion Will Make Vancouver More Affordable

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 […]

July 5, 2019 | LNG Offers Massive Advantages for the Evolving Global Energy Mix

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 […]

July 4, 2019 | Vancouver’s Council Should Examine Other Canadian Cities Before Committing to Climate Lawsuits

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 […]

July 3, 2019 | Universities Fund $4.5 Million Fishing Expedition to Expose “Conflicts of Interest and Malfeasance”, But Come Up Dry

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 […]

July 1, 2019 | Getting Over the Rhetorical Yelling on Climate

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 […]

June 25, 2019 | Why Sustainably Managed Forests Mean Green Jobs

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 […]

June 21, 2019 | With a Decision Made on TMX, We Can Get Back to Building the Country We Want

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 […]

June 20, 2019 | Trans Mountain: Reflections on a Polarizing Decision

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 […]

June 17, 2019 | Some Pertinent Information for the Nation to Contemplate

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 […]

June 16, 2019 | Time for a Pro-Canadian Approach to Solve the Impact Assessment Crisis

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 […]

June 14, 2019 | Activist-Backed Male Chiefs’ Attempt to ‘Unperson’ Female Leaders Ends Up in Court

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 […]

June 3, 2019 | Tracking Progress: B.C.’s Low Carbon Industry Initiative

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 […]

June 1, 2019 | Waterfront Spill Response Demonstration Shows Current State of Preparation

Marine spill response experts gather in Vancouver for a conference on June 18 – the same day federal Cabinet is expected to issue its decision on the fate of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The 2019 Clean Pacific Conference & Exhibition is aimed at the various agencies responsible for marine spill prevention and response operations in the […]

May 31, 2019 | No Matter How You Measure It, Canadian Energy is Headed Upward

Production is up, consumption is up, and we are both importing and exporting more energy than before. Stewart Muir looks at the latest numbers. Canadians continue to use more energy, and the vast majority of it is from traditional sources: crude oil, natural gas and coal. While many politicians rail against the evils of fossil […]

May 29, 2019 | Momentum Grows for Collaborative Approach on Climate Change

British Columbia municipalities, having had a chance to consider litigation strategy, are now saying there are better ways to go. The North Central Local Governments Association (NCLGA) recently passed a resolution calling for NCLGA and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) to recognize energy producers as “innovation drivers” and partners in efforts to decarbonize the economy […]

May 24, 2019 | Northern Mayors Speak Out in Favour of Canada’s Future as a Maritime Country

The Senate of Canada’s Standing Committee on Transportation and Communications looking at Bill C-48 heard from these two mayors hailing from north east British Columbia. The committee’s consultation process saw it travel across the country to listen to Canadians, leading to its extraordinary move. Here are two presentations made to the committee when it stopped in […]

May 22, 2019 | First Nations Front and Centre Delivering Messages of Hope at CGLNG Conference and Exhibition

First Nations leaders were front and centre at the Canada Gas and LNG Conference and Exhibition (CGLNG) this week. Indigenous people made it clear what LNG development means to their communities as well as all of B.C., writes Don Hauka First Nations leaders were front and centre at the Canada Gas and LNG Conference and […]

May 21, 2019 | “Energy Corridor” Concept, Back on Agenda, Has Long Been Mooted as Key to a Future Canada

A dedicated, coast-to-coast right-of-way specifically set aside for energy infrastructure projects has re-emerged as a question for voters to consider. Stewart Muir looks at the situation. Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer says Canada should position itself as a global energy superpower, given its considerable natural wealth. That’s a familiar refrain, but for years now the […]

May 18, 2019 | VANCOUVER SUN: China’s Appetite for Canadian Oil Continues to Defy Marketplace Myths

In a few days, an oil tanker ship will sail into a Chinese port and once again opposers of the Trans Mountain pipeline will be left scratching their heads. Stewart Muir asks why. This article appeared in The Vancouver Sun on May 17, 2019. Link to the article at Sun website. The 250-metre Ambelos left the […]

May 16, 2019 | The Green Effect on British Columbia’s Natural Resources

  The Green Party’s recent electoral successes at the provincial and federal levels are being noticed. Policy analyst Mary Weiler examines the factors fueling this, and asks where the trend could be headed. The recent federal Green Party byelection win in Nanaimo-Ladysmith is historic.  With the riding newly established in 2015, Paul Manly has secured […]

May 9, 2019 | A Youth Perspective on the Future of Efficient and Safer Pipelines

It will take passion, creativity, and personal investment to ensure there is a sustainable future for the pipeline-building industry, Sarah Vandaiyar told senators at hearings for Bill C-69. The following is testimony provided by Sarah Vandaiyar, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Young Pipeliners Association of Canada, on April 9, 2019 in Calgary. She was […]

May 8, 2019 | Can Canada Plug into Vast Natural Gas and LNG Opportunities, While Solving Climate Change?

For those choosing action over talk when it comes to climate change, the allure of natural gas has never been stronger. The challenge of supplying energy for society Countries in Asia with growing energy demand are searching for dependable ways to aid their transition away from coal. Clean-burning natural gas is increasingly the global choice […]

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