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    Why BC Hydro always overestimates future power demand- Economist

    Why BC Hydro always overestimates future power demand: Economist

    BC Hydro routinely and significantly overestimates future power demand - but why? Economist Erik Andersen explains, while questioning the business case and need for the $9 Billion proposed Site C Dam.


    Public-Private Partnerships a bad deal for BC- Finance Ministry report

    Public-Private Partnerships a bad deal for BC: Finance Ministry report

    From conflicts of interest to dubious practices and increased taxpayer costs, a surprising report by the BC Finance Ministry criticizes the government's public-private-partnership program.



    2015- Year of reckoning for Canada's fossil fuel economy

    2015: Year of reckoning for Canada’s fossil fuel economy

    $50 oil and plunging LNG prices are a wake-up call for Canada's fossil fuel-focused economy. In 2015, economics are likely to have a bigger impact than pipeline protests on the country's energy policy.


    Ontario squanders extra $8 Billion on public private partnership infrastructure- A-G

    Ontario squanders extra $8 Billion on public private partnership infrastructure: A-G

    Public private partnerships have cost Ontario taxpayers $8 Billion more than publicly-funded infrastructure projects would have, says the Auditor-General.



    Even Clark’s Black Friday LNG tax giveaway couldn’t satisfy Petronas

    Watch this video spoof of Christy Clark's Black Friday LNG tax giveaway - which still fell short of Petronas' expectations of slashing public benefits to better fill its own pockets.


    IPPs even worse rip-off than Site C Dam, SFU economist warns

    IPPs an even worse rip-off than Site C Dam, SFU economist warns

    SFU economist Dr. Marvin Shaffer warns BC should stay away from private power IPPs just as much as it should the costly proposed Site C Dam.



    Economist catches Kinder Morgan skimping on Canadian taxes

    Kinder Morgan doesn't pay its "fair share" of Canadian taxes and exaggerates local benefits from its proposed pipeline, charges economist and former ICBC CEO Robyn Allan.


    Bank of England's Carney- Most fossil fuel reserves shouldn't be burned

    Bank of England’s Mark Carney: Most fossil fuel reserves shouldn’t be burned

    Even Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is now saying most of the world's fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground to mitigate the effects of climate change.



    Evidence shows no need for Site C Dam: Economist to Energy Minister

    Evidence clearly shows there is no need to build the $8 Billion-plus Site C Dam, says economist Erik Andersen in a letter to Energy Minister Bill Bennett


    It's been all downhill since 1978, when real "prosperity" peaked- study

    It’s been all downhill since 1978, when real “prosperity” peaked

    With economic growth has come ecological devastation, increased inequality, and an overall lower quality of life, says a new study.