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Norway vs. British Columbia: The Great Electric Vehicle Race

Update; March 2015: Norway now has 45,500 EVs. 15% of all new vehicles are electric, and there are 6,000 EV charging stations.

I wish I could have traveled to Norway to research this story—but the Solar Impulse 2, which is on a round-the-world flight with solar-covered wings wider than a Boeing 747—only has room for the pilot.

Norway and British Columbia are very similar. Both have rugged ocean coasts, mountainous terrains and ample hydro electricity, allowing 95% zero-carbon electricity in BC and 100% in Norway. They also have similar populations, with 4.4 million people in BC and 5 million in Norway.

But when it comes to electric cars, is there ever a difference.

Storm and Drought

What a great report!

The US National Climate Assessment is clear, definitive, and very straightforward.

The warnings are stark, and will be no surprise to BCSEA readers. If we fail to act, and to do so decisively, the increase in heat waves will become even more brutal.

Parts of the US southwest will become a permanent dustbowl as soil moisture falls. The deluges of rain will become more frequent. The sea level could rise by up to four feet by the end of the century, threatening the homes of five million people.

The IPCC’s Climate Solutions Report

Climate change—two simple words that are so innocuous, yet when combined are so dangerous that they might yet be carved on civilization’s gravestone:

Human Civilization.

Much loved.

Died from a sudden attack of climate change.

Canada's carbon emissions projected to soar by 2030

January 14, 2014
Guardian, UK

 Canada's carbon emissions will soar 38% by 2030 mainly due to expanding tar sands projects, according to the government's own projections.

 

The Pacific Coast Climate Agreement: West Coast Progress

At the end of October, Christy Clark, BC’s Premier, signed a high profile agreement with the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California in which the four leaders make a strong and clear commitment to lead national and international policy on climate change. (1)

So what was in the agreement?

Obama’s Big Climate Speech - Did it Cut the Mustard?

 

First, the speech

By any standards, and compared to any speechmaking we’re used to in Canada, it was brilliant. Why, by contrast, are Canadian politicians so dull and pedestrian?

  • The open confession of Earth’s beauty: “That bright blue ball rising over the moon’s surface containing everything we hold dear, the laughter of children, a quiet sunset, all the hopes and dreams of posterity, that’s what’s at stake.”

Low Carbon Training Wheels: The Elusive World of Carbon Neutrality

 In April, BC’s Auditor General stirred the climate change debate with his report on the Pacific Carbon Trust.

In the debate that followed, however, the reason why it matters went missing. The driving reality behind the government’s commitment to carbon-neutral government are those ominous three words  - global climate change.

CLIMATE ACTION NOW

Dear Prospective Member of the BC Legislature,

Please, let’s not beat about the bush.

We know healthcare and education are important, and so are debt-repayment and many other things. But we’re all together on this one small planet, sharing our berths on the Good Ship Civilization, and as a direct result of the fuel we’ve been burning and other careless activities a god-almighty storm is bearing down on us, with the ability to toss our puny boat up in the air and down into the depths, wrecking everything we love and care about, from our children and grandchildren to our forests and food, our furry friends and our future.

BCSEA calls on BCUC to facilitate EV fast charging stations by BC Hydro and FBC

March 28, 2019
William J. Andrews

BCSEA and SCBC submitted their final written argument in Phase Two of the BC Utilities Commission's inquiry into electric vehicle charging services (EVCS)  today.

BCUC Decision on Arbitrage of Industrial Self-generation

The Commission finally laid to rest a long, meandering proceeding involving industrial customers who generate electricity at their own site and want to sell their own power while simultaneously buying lower-cost power from the utility. To say this was complicated would be an understatement. It goes back to a 2014 proceeding in which the Commission approved a renewed "power purchase agreement" (PPA) between BC Hydro and FBC-electric.