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Why Pushing Alternate Fuels Makes for Bad Public Policy

John DeCicco, Yale Environment 360, 22 Aug 2013

Every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan has backed programs to develop alternative transportation fuels. But there are better ways to foster energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions than using subsidies and mandates to promote politically favored fuels.

Carbon boondoggle robs poor to fuel rich

Brian Kieran, Monday Magazine, August 16, 2012

Government spin is usually merely tedious. However, on occasion it slips into a deceptive state and that is where B.C.’s much-lauded “carbon neutral” status resides today.

Council extinguishes incineration proposal

by Andy Rice, Powell River Peak, July 19, 2012

Motion carried July 19 shows city is against waste-to-energy facility

Biologist trashes plan to burn Vancouver waste in Powell River

Pieta Woolley, Globe & Mail, Jul. 16 2012

When Mark Biagi left Nova Scotia 15 years ago, he scoured British Columbia for a town that fit his requirement: no incineration.

Directors discuss waste-to-energy proposal

Laura Walz, Powell River Peak, July 11 2012

Regional districts have jurisdiction for solid waste

A proposal to develop a waste-to-energy facility in Powell River generated discussion at the June 28 Powell River Regional District board meeting.

Burning trees for energy puts Canadian forests and climate at risk

Greenpeace, November 2, 2011

Greenpeace released a science-based report today that highlights the dangers of the large-scale use of wood and tree harvesting for heating, electricity generation or liquid biofuels. The report, entitled ‘Fuelling a Biomess’, argues that burning woody biomass on an industrial scale could severely harm Canada’s public forests and further contribute to the global climate crisis.

Burning wood waste for energy not entirely a clear-cut call

By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, November 5, 2011

Debate continues over use of forest debris to develop bioenergy industry

Forest management in British Columbia is coming under scrutiny as the province's drive to develop a bioenergy industry moves into the beetlekilled pine stands of the central Interior.

B.C. should remove roadblocks to renewable fuels sector

By Brian Roberts, Adam Kreek And Chris McDowell, Vancouver Sun September 27, 2011

Environmentally friendly products taxed as if they were derived from the fossil fuels they aim to replace

BC’s Bio Boondoggle

Arthur Caldicott, Watershed Sentinel, September-October 2011

The BC Bioenergy Strategy is based on hard-to-pin down and diverse guesstimates of wood volumes, supply forecasts, conversion factors. Hundreds of millions of public dollars have been committed to increasing the use of forest-based biomass for electricity, heat, and steam. The long-term beneficiaries of these programs are corporations and their shareholders. Millions of dollars in the bioenergy sector are flowing from the public treasury to private interests while the forests are slated to be burned.

Bioenergy projects approved for Interior

By Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, August 5, 2011

Aids regions hit by pine beetles, U.S. crisis

BC Hydro has approved $300 million in bioenergy projects in the Interior and north-central B.C., regions hard hit by the mountain pine beetle epidemic and the U.S. housing collapse.

Bioenergy coming to the north

By Ruth Lloyd - Caledonia Courier, June 28, 2011

Harvie Campbell, director of Western BioEnergy Inc. explained the proposed new bioenergy plant which would go in near the Apollo Mill. (Ruth Lloyd/Caledonia Courier)

It’s all in the wood.

New projects could help bring stability to the forest sector in north-central B.C., using wood biomass now being burned along roadsides or in beehive burners.

Western BioEnergy Inc. is awaiting a decision on their proposed BC BioEnergy Network which would include three biomass-fired, electricity generating stations, one in Burns Lake, one in Merritt and one in Fort St. James.

The three projects have been short-listed by BC Hydro, and are now awaiting the completion of a review of BC Hydro currently underway.

BC Hydro purchases clean power from Zellstoff Celgar pulp mill

Pulp and Paper Canada, November 16, 2010

Castlegar, B.C. - BC Hydro is now purchasing clean electricity from the Zellstoff Celgar's Green Energy Project as a result of a series of upgrades that allow the pulp mill to direct more steam to energy production. A new 48-megawatt condensing turbine is now generating electricity for use in the BC Hydro power grid. Once the turbine is fully optimized, the pulp mill will produce enough surplus electricity to power the equivalent of 20,000 homes in B.C.

Government aims to spark anaerobic digestion boom

James Murray, BusinessGreen, 06 Jul 2010

Ministers meet with industry to identify barriers to adoption of waste-to-energy technology

Biofuels learn to eat less

Helen Knight, New Scientist, 26 May 2010

THE feast is coming to an end for biofuel producers. Their supposedly clean, green fuel has been gobbling up some of the choicest food crops, including corn, rape and soya, leading to controversy and protests around the world.

The great biofuels swindle

DAN GARDNER, Vancouver Sun, April 19, 2010

Ottawa law may win praise from across the political spectrum, but there are better alternatives

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Clean Energy Investments Power B.C.'s Future

NEWS RELEASE, Office of the Premier, Feb. 15, 2010

VANCOUVER - Premier Gordon Campbell officially kicked off Clean Energy Day at Robson Square during the 2010 Winter Games by announcing three new major clean energy and technology investments in the province of British Columbia.

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