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Letter: Fracking on trial and the rights of nature

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The historic Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change will take place this May 14 to 18, cohosted by Spring Creek Project at Oregon State University, Corvallis, and live-streaming online. For the first time in its nearly 40-year history, this session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) will have an international focus and will include arguments about the rights of Nature in addition to the rights of people. Among those participating are individuals and groups from Newfoundland and Labrador. The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal is a highly respected international forum that grew from the Russell-Sartre Tribunal to investigate whether breaches of human rights norms occurred during the Vietnam War. Since then it has conducted a series of high-profile hearings to determine whether human rights standards were abridged in Bhopal, Chernobyl, and other sites worldwide. The Tribunal’s most recent session was on Myanmar’s (Burma’s) crimes against the Rohingya…

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‘What we can learn for the future’: David Vardy on the Muskrat Falls inquiry

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The name David Vardy has been linked with criticism of the Muskrat Falls project since its earliest days, when he had already retired from public service. Vardy, a former Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet and chairman of the Public Utilities Board, says the questions we really need to answer are about democracy and how we as a society are going to respond to Muskrat Falls. I sat down for an interview with him before he left for the Muskrat Falls symposium in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Q: What makes you happy about what’s going on with the Muskrat Falls issue right now? Anything? So what makes me happy is that we finally have a public inquiry. And this is not the public inquiry that I asked for: what I wanted was a panel of people that were very knowledgeable about construction projects. And what do we end up…

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The signs of change

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“The renewable energy revolution is occurring faster than anyone predicted.”

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The Cost of Convenience

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We spent a year going without the dishwasher, microwave, electric heating, and laundry machines to find out what our power consumption habits were costing us. Now we’d never go back to using them.

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Muskrat Falls is no longer the “least cost option”

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Was Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest expenditure ever a mistake?

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Almost $2 billion later, Muskrat Falls still not the answer

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The Muskrat Falls alternative—conservation and demand side management—is more job intensive, employs Newfoundland and Labrador residents almost exclusively, and saves money for ratepayers, government and industry.

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Just how bad are the new Muskrat Falls cost estimates?

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The price of electricity is going to rise even more than we thought

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On and off the grid

in Remote Control by

There are important lessons to learn from this year’s infamous blackouts

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Take a (rate) hike

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What’s the real deal with the proposed electricity rate changes in the province? They hardly seem justified. Is it Poll Goosing season?

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Power hungry

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If Labrador doesn’t benefit, this project must not go ahead. Brandon provides the research our government won’t…

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Federal government officially commits to Muskrat Falls

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A recap of the news conference this morning, including photos and the MOU document

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NEIA responds to provincial government’s environmental actions plans

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Industry Association (NEIA) says that it is pleased to see the release of two action plans from the government concerning climate change and energy efficiency. “We are pleased that this Government is taking a strong position on climate change and energy efficiencies.” said NEIA Executive Director Linda Bartlett “We are aware there are concerns on meeting carbon emission targets by 2020 and are looking forward to Government addressing these issues.” The Climate Change Action Plan outlines the provinces’ strategic approach to climate change for the next five years. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the current impact of global warming are the main focal points of this document. The Energy Efficiency Action Plan is the province’s first strategy wholly dedicated to energy efficiency. The plan highlights the benefits of energy efficiency including lower household energy bills, reduced dependency on unsustainable energy sources, improved business…

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Nalcor submits environmental component study

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Nalcor has submitted the necessary environmental impact study for the construction and operation of about 1,100 kilometres of electric power transmission line and associated infrastructure between the Island and Labrador. Nalcor has identified two cable landing locations, one being at Mistaken Cove and the other at Shoal Cove, both of which are on the Northern Peninsula – and has proposed numerous options on how the lines would get there. Click here to read the report. Public comments on the study must be received no later than September 20th. Source: VOCM

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