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Why the world has some catching up to do on carbon reduction

Alberta's new carbon levy matches British Columbia's $30/tonne level, placing both jurisdictions ahead of others. The premiers of both provinces are showing determination to be leaders, but not sacrifice their economies while others lag.

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Natural gas is the creative, cleaner solution

In an alt-energy world, how do you turn on the power when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing?

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Seeing double on BC bitumen refineries

No, it’s no optical or cerebral illusion: There really are two rival proposals to build in BC a “green” oil refinery to turn Western Canadian oilsands bitumen into refined fuels for export.

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LNG in BC: Take the long-range view

Within minutes of his return last week from a trade foray to Japan, BC’s LNG minister, Rich Coleman, was once more facing a barrage of questions:

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Carbon tax is like a rigged carnival game if BC remains the only player

Compared to other North American jurisdictions, the carbon price in British Columbia is between twice and 100 times higher. An effort to have BC escalate even higher, while still allowing others to lag behind, increasingly feels like a carnival game in which the odds are stacked against the player. 

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The bare facts, naturally . . . .

It’s time once again to showcase what is surely, bare none, the proudest achievement of Resource Works in the category of sending an important message in a not-so-serious way: the Natural Runners program. 

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A unique mission turns two

No matter how small a footprint one wishes to have, today's modern lifestyle is utterly dependent on responsible use of natural resources. For the past two years, the Resource Works Society has placed itself at the centre of this story, building dialogue and understanding about jobs, innovation and the environment.

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Fracking earthquake regulations are thorough, but research must continue

OP-ED: Resource Works founder Stewart Muir offers a unique and informed perspective about how natural gas is being safely extracted in British Columbia today. This article is provided for the use of news outlets. 

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COMMENTARY: Fracking and Earthquakes

The natural gas industry in British Columbia has come through a decade in which its production capacity skyrocketed because of a period of scarcity and rising prices.

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A reality check for renewable energy

That headline isn’t really ours—it comes from an article by Scott Nyquist and James Manyika of McKinsey and Company—but many of the thoughts are ones we share.

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The price of gold: as seen through a roller coaster simulation

Graphing commodities price fluctuations can get boring, but not for long. 

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Top 10 questions about fracking and seismicity

How is modern hydraulic fracturing a little bit like having a baby? For the answer to this and other questions about earthquakes, seismicity, and safe natural gas extraction, read on. 

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It's time to help the environmental movement chalk up a win on fracking and methane

So long as the climate movement is limited to fracking opponents, safety alarmists and renewables fabulists, it seems like society will continue to encounter friction on embracing less harmful fuels like natural gas. Those like Resource Works advocating for realistic pathways for growing the green economy are in search of a better path.

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Tough Times Quotes

With many governments unclear on how they can enhance jobs and affordability, it can be frustrating to watch as global economic opportunities are lost to Canada through indecision. Low commodity prices don't help. Here are a few thoughts to weather the tough times...

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Authenticity Now: People Power & the rise of a clean LNG industry

Across British Columbia, voices are chiming in about the desirability of a clean, green natural gas export industry. Not only will it cut harmful coal emissions around Asia Pacific, British Columbia's LNG is also a key factor in addressing affordability and jobs at home.

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17 facts about the Timber Kings

The town of Williams Lake, BC has been on the map in a new way since launch of reality TV show Timber Kings.  

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Resource highlights from the 2016 federal budget

The federal budget released this week marked the first opportunity for the new Liberal government to make its mark on public policy where it counts most: in the pocketbook. Let's take a look at what this could mean for resource economy issues.

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Carving out a place for Canada's energy in an unkind world

Compared to energy giants like Saudi Arabia and the USA, Canada is a pipsqueak at throwing its considerable weight around. If there is a time for that to change, now is it. Let's look at a blood tax, argues Stewart Muir.

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Resource industry wages well above average aren't anything new

Resource jobs have always meant opportunity for hard-working British Columbians. Consistently higher-than-average wages in sectors like forestry, mining, oil, and gas have allowed workers to support themselves, support their families, and contribute back into their communities. That's been true throughout BC’s economic history.

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A downturn in oil, gas, and coal prices can mean trouble for BC

For drivers who see <$1 a litre at the pumps, it may look great, what is less easy to spot is the impact of low prices on the goods and services supply chain. But there are a few things we can look at to gain insight into the extent of the problem.

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First Nations: old thinking on resources a non-starter

There can be room for responsible, carefully managed, well regulated development that recognizes Aboriginal rights and title. 

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Truck Rally

The voice for LNG in B.C. is getting louder and British Columbians who care about their communities are making it all happen. Tomorrow in Terrace, Fort St. John, and Fort Nelson, hundreds of grassroots activists will be rallying to show their support for the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.  

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Hacking our way to higher ground

What's the way toward a green economy that also embraces our fundamental need for natural resources? A weekend gathering of code-free hackers had some ideas about where to search for answers...

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COMMENTARY: Let's get the North back to work

The number of jobs created by resource development, and their importance, has never been more apparent than now - especially for BC's oil-and-gas workers.

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Resources and the true meaning of stewardship

Looking after the land today is the only way we'll be able to reap its beneficial products tomorrow. A group of foresters looked deeply into the concept of stewardship and provided some pointers that might just help a broad audience gain better understanding.

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Top policy commentator joins Resource Works to bridge a gap

After a distinguished career in Alberta, newest Advisory Council member Roger Gibbins returned home to BC and found old ways of thinking had changed a lot. 

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The case for LNG: Why our anti-resource bias is starting to hurt families

We don't need to choose environment over economy or vice versa. We’ve been very successful at both. Nowadays it's all about economy + environment. Here's why I decided it was time to speak out.

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Two experts join our Advisory Council

Please welcome two British Columbians to our Resource Works Advisory Council. The new members of our province-wide brains trust are Mona M. Forster, who has an extensive background in the mining sector, and Wayne Dunn, who bring 25 years of senior-level global experience in the corporate social responsibility field.

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A blogger for balanced debate

He is, by profession, a registered professional chemist and a registered professional biologist with an interdisciplinary PhD in chemistry and environmental studies. He’s also a dad, a soccer coach (and a basketball and baseball coach), a science-fiction fan, and a regular blogger known to us and an ever-growing audience as “A Chemist in Langley.”

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The inside story of Canada's most cutting-edge oil

The more it’s squeezed, the more efficient it gets. That's how it is for one Alberta oil company that has found the current global glut of crude oil to be the mother of invention and efficiency - not pain and hardship.

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U.S. lumber sector wants to put wood to us

Relations with our largest trading partner could not be more important in 2016. During a recent Vancouver trip, U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman acknowledged the enduring importance of this, noting that even with lower commodity prices the volume of cross-border trade is up. 

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A question of trust

Regulators or resource companies – professors or environmental groups. Who do you suppose has the most credibility with the public?

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Resource Works at CBC Radio

Our Stewart Muir appeared on CBC Radio's BC Almanac show to talk about the green economy. He discussed plans by Canada's premiers to arrive at a national carbon strategy, with leadership from prime minister Justin Trudeau. 

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LNG in BC: Progress continues

Gleeful anti-LNG messages shot around social media after Alta Gas of Calgary announced that it was halting further development of the Douglas Channel LNG Project in BC “due to unfavourable market conditions."

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Water protection: A matter of vital public interest

A major court ruling was a reminder that British Columbians, and Canadians generally, have the environmental movement to thank for world-leading regulations that make the country a beacon of good practice.

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WATCH: Bill Gates' energy equation

According to Bill Gates, there are four major variables in global COemissions: population, services used, the energy these services require, and the carbon dioxide produced by that energy.

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Mining makes solar energy possible

Before a solar panel is assembled, raw materials are mined and refined. Our new infographic illustrates how this all comes together.

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10 truths about the future of energy in BC

Here are 10 reasons why the emerging Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry in British Columbia provides the best and only realistic opportunity for Canada to contribute to a world-wide transition away from a high dependency on dirtier fuels toward a new global energy paradigm.

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Pressure on for: "We are building pipe."

For those who think the world’s transition from fossil fuels to renewables is going to be easy and speedy, China has a pointed message.

“We are one of the countries with the highest dependency on imported energy from other countries,” said Han Jun, vice-minister of financial and economic affairs, during a visit to Ottawa.

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Portrait of a shipping city

Statistics for 2015 show Port Metro Vancouver experienced a slight downturn consistent with global trends, but overall strength as expected for the nation's largest port

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Natural gas for skeptics

Can we be confident that natural gas and LNG estimates are what companies and politicians say they are?

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Soaring health costs a wakeup call that resources matter

One hidden time bomb in British Columbia's finances is the rising cost of health care. What role can resources play in ensuring quality services can continue to be provided?

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LNG in the headlines

Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told.” “Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says." Yes, those are real headlines, as they appeared in two different newspapers some years ago.

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Media closures damage Canada’s fabric

Nanaimo Daily News, Alberni Valley Times, Kamloops This Week, Kelowna Capital News, Prince Rupert Daily News, Nelson Daily News, Abbotsford Times, Richmond Review. You name them: They are gone.  And there are more than those eight on the roll-call of the dead. 

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BC's diversified resource sector

An oft-heard critique of British Columbia’s resource economy is that it is “boom and bust” in nature. In fact, the overall resource bust argument is a non-starter when applied to an economy that produces a broad range of resource goods as BC’s does.

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LNG delays help Canada's competitors: Resource Works scholar

Economic analyst says the world is not going to wait if we can't get things done

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Meet Gary Kroeker, newest member of the Resource Works Advisory Council

"We’ve got to get people thinking in the right direction — natural resources aren’t our enemy. They’re a part of our economy."

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Why Bill Gates is right on the challenges facing clean energy.

“Bill Gates is right”, says one Forbes contributor, referring to Gates’ November interview with The Atlantic where he begins his assessment of the challenges facing a shift to clean energy with a pointed challenge – we have to bring “math skills to the problem” when talking about changing global energy use.

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Dear Santa: A present for BC?

We suppose it was inevitable, the gleeful crowing when Royal Dutch Shell announced postponement of its Final Investment Decision (FID) on the LNG Canada project in BC.

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Commentary: Pipelines or hype-lines?

Are we going to get approvals for new pipelines from the federal government or are we not?

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and oil industry leaders met with Prime Minister Trudeau in Calgary last week. After which, Steve Williams, president and CEO of oilsands giant Suncor Energy, told reporters: “We are making progress on market access.”

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