A close-up of the site model of the proposed LNG project and surrounding area of Kitimat, B.C.
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Just breathe. Earlier this week, the Shell-backed partnership LNG Canada delayed its final decision indefinitely for a proposed LNG facility in Kitimat. Some, including energy analyst David Hughes of Global Sustainability Research, are wondering if this is a bad omen for the development of the industry in British Columbia. “I wouldn’t hold my breath, at least not for the next few years,” Hughes said in an interview with The Early Edition. (CBC)
From beach patrol to ocean patrol. Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and environmentalist David Suzuki share concern for the ocean, and on Monday they kicked off a campaign against salmon farms. Scientists on board Sea Shepherd’s 92-foot vessel, travelling to northern Vancouver Island, will stop at salmon farms to conduct audits for diseases. In a 90-second PSA, Anderson urged consumers not to buy farmed salmon. (Vancouver Sun)
Hear me out. The Trudeau government’s new Kinder Morgan panel, aimed at reviving public trust in the federal review process, has come under fire. As the panel starts hearings in B.C. next week on the controversial $6.8-billion pipeline expansion project, some West Coast First Nation leaders say the Liberals are ignoring the mistakes of the Harper Conservatives. (Times Colonist)
Here comes the sun. Solar 2016, a giant showcase of solar energy, demonstrates that a future with abundant, clean and cheap energy is possible, writes Diane Francis. Success will be based on the continuation of five trends, including the German plan called Energeiwende to dramatically transition the country to renewable energy. (Financial Post)
But rain is in the forecast. Germany, writes Eduardo Porter in the New York Times, is having second thoughts about its ambitious push to ramp up its use of renewable fuels for power generation. Hoping to slow the burst of new renewable energy on its grid, the country recently eliminated an open-ended subsidy for solar and wind power.