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Why No Climate Action? Follow The Money

06.27.16 | Ban Big Money, Commentary |  Kai Nagata

Big polluters donate big bucks to B.C. politicians Here’s a puzzle: Why is Enbridge, a Calgary-based pipeline operator, still donating money to politicians in B.C.? The company has given more than a quarter-million dollars so far, $248,535 to the BC Liberals and $9,800 to the NDP. Last year Enbridge wrote a dozen cheques to the […]

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CBC pretends Trans Mountain’s 69 oil spills never happened

05.27.16 | Commentary, Let BC Vote |  Kai Nagata

Truth is the first casualty of the pipeline wars The next time Canada’s public broadcaster publishes a column by Calgary pundit Duane Bratt, it should come with a disclaimer: Warning! Entering fact-free zone! This week, Bratt penned a passionate defence of the National Energy Board titled “It’s not a sham: A rebuttal to Mayor Robertson’s […]

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Whose pipelines are these, anyway?

05.16.16 | Commentary, No Tankers, Stand Up To China |  Kai Nagata

Crashing heavy oil prices great for China, Saudi Arabia “Oil to tidewater.” It’s an industry mantra happily adopted by politicians – and even some environmentalists. But ask yourself this: what happens when you pump more product into an oversupplied market? Answer: the price goes down. Who benefits from cheaper crude oil? First, the customers – like […]

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Meet the trophy-hunting clowns who dictate wildlife policy in B.C.

04.29.16 | Ban Big Money, Commentary |  Kai Nagata

Afro wigs, bananas and big cheques for the politicians in the room It’s Spring, which means the usual passel of foreign executives, weird dentists, and professional sports players are flying around B.C. looking for grizzly bears to kill. Whatever you think of hunting for meat, the Spring grizzly hunt is different. Having emerged from hibernation, […]

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Is Christy Clark “Getting to Yes” on Kinder Morgan?

03.24.16 | Commentary, Let BC Vote, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

B.C. Premier’s oil tanker resistance could crumble if Site C, LNG are at stake The B.C. government’s lack of support for oil tankers on the West Coast has always been up for negotiation. Now, with two of Premier Christy Clark’s signature megaprojects held up by other jurisdictions, her administration appears to be removing obstacles to […]

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Beijing’s Long Game in the Oil Sands

03.11.16 | Commentary, Stand Up To China |  Kai Nagata

With a Trudeau in office, the Chinese government’s decade-old strategy kicks into gear On October 20th, 2015, Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau received a congratulatory call from China’s ambassador Luo Zhaohui. The next day, the state-run China Daily newspaper celebrated “improved prospects for a Free Trade Agreement with China” under Canada’s new Liberal government. A week […]

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Rise of the Green Tories

03.01.16 | Commentary, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

Part 2 in a two-part series about the next leader of Canada’s Conservative party. Part 1 is about Kevin O’Leary and the temptation presented by Donald Trump. The most intriguing Conservative leadership contender so far is Michael Chong, and I don’t just say that because he’s a half-Asian guy like me who favours carbon pricing […]

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Canada’s Donald Trump?

03.01.16 | Commentary, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

Part 1 in a two-part series about the next leader of Canada’s Conservative party. Part 2 is about Michael Chong and the rise of the Green Tories. The Donald loomed large over last weekend’s Manning Conference in Ottawa, a bright orange beacon of either electoral salvation or ruin, depending on your vision for the future […]

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