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Daily Archives: October 24, 2016

Business & Politics

USA and Canada continue SLA negotiations

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
October 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The one-year standstill period for the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) between Canada and the USA which expired in October 2015 ended on 12 October, without Canada and the USA having been able to agree so far on a follow-up agreement. According to statements made by the negotiating parties to North American media in recent days, there continues to be no prospect of any agreement in the immediate future. The two leading negotiators, the US trade representative Michael Froman and the Canadian Minister for Trade Chrystia Freeland, state that negotiations are still in progress, but Freeland has described the proposals put forward so far by the USA as inadequate.

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Raymond James Financial Weighs in on Canfor Co.’s FY2016 Earnings (CFP)

By Tyrone Williams
Daily Political
October 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Co. (TSE:CFP) – Equities researchers at Raymond James Financial raised their FY2016 earnings estimates for shares of Canfor in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. Raymond James Financial analyst D. Swetlishoff now anticipates that the firm will earn $1.04 per share for the year, up from their previous forecast of $0.92. Raymond James Financial also issued estimates for Canfor’s Q2 2017 earnings at $0.14 EPS, Q3 2017 earnings at $0.36 EPS and Q4 2017 earnings at $0.37 EPS. CFP has been the subject of a number of other reports. Dundee Securities upgraded shares of Canfor from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 31st. CIBC reduced their price objective on shares of Canfor from C$21.00 to C$20.00 in a research note on Wednesday, August 3rd.

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Premier Christy Clark announces a Minister of State for Rural Economic Development

BC Government News
October 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark has announced her intention for Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett to be sworn in as Minister of State for Rural Economic Development by Her Honour, Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon. “Every community in British Columbia benefits when our rural communities are strong,” said Premier Clark. “Donna Barnett is a proven champion for rural development who will strengthen our cabinet team as B.C. leads the country in economic growth and jobs, and as we work together to put British Columbians first.”

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Toosey First Nation wins Canadian Aboriginal business leadership award

by Monica Lamb-Yorski
Williams Lake Tribune
October 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Toosey First Nation’s Chilcotin Plateau Enterprises Ltd. is the recipient of the 2016 Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Leadership Award. …The $5,000 award — presented by CCAB and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) — celebrates Aboriginal entrepreneurs for their success in a forest products business that exemplifies business leadership, exceptional environmental and safety performance and the delivery of high-quality products and services. Kennedy said Chilcotin Plateau Enterprises was started in 1996 and today employs 30 people. The company consists of a silviculture layout crew, a traffic control division, a mobile treatment centre, four five-pack fire crews, and owns equipment for building roads.

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Conflict timber: The Etchemins disaster area

The Stopru
October 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

(Quebec) prefect of the regional county municipality (RCM) Etchemins and mayor of Lac-Etchemin, Harold Gagnon still fresh in memory the last round – that of 2002-2006 – between Canada and the United States timber. “We lost 1,000 jobs. Yes, 1,000 jobs! For MRC of just under 17 000 inhabitants, let me tell you that it gives a blow, “he describes the Sun . “At Sainte-Aurélie, for example, there were five or six sawmills. Today, it is still more than two. Between 400 and 500 jobs are gone. A disaster for a community of less than 900 inhabitants.” While Canada and the United States are engaged in a new round of negotiations – the fifth – to conclude a new agreement on softwood lumber, Harold Gagnon notes that everyone is sitting at the end of his chair. And expect the worst.

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MP Gallant on Canada’s Softwood Lumber Taskforce

Renfrew Today
October 20, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MP Cheryl Gallant has joined the Conservative Softwood Lumber Taskforce. The Conservatives say Canada’s failure to strike a new softwood lumber agreement with the United States to replace the one-year interim deal that officially expired last week, leaves thousands working in the forestry sector across Canada anxious and uneasy. Gallant says having no deal puts Renfrew County lumber companies at risk.

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U.S. Lumber Coalition Welcomes Senate Letter to President Obama Urging Continued Resolve to Obtain a U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Trade Agreement

PR Newswire
October 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Lumber Coalition today welcomes a letter from 24 United States Senators expressing appreciation for the Administration’s efforts to obtain a new softwood lumber trade agreement with Canada designed to fully and effectively address the market effects of subsidized Canadian lumber exported to the United States. The letter, co-sponsored by Sens. Wyden (D-OR) and Crapo (R-ID), supports the commitment made by President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau in their June Joint Statement to seek a new agreement with “an appropriate structure, designed to maintain Canadian exports at or below an agreed U.S. market share to be negotiated.”

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Senators back push to renew softwood import agreement

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
October 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Montana’s Senate delegation co-signed a letter to President Barack Obama asking for continued pressure to get a new Softwood Lumber Agreement with Canada. “We are disappointed that Canada appears reluctant to follow through on this commitment, which has significantly undermined (the U.S. Trade Representative’s) efforts to reach a final agreement,” Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester wrote on Friday, in a bipartisan message joined by 24 fellow senators. The Softwood Lumber Agreement was originally signed in 2006 and set limits for Canadian lumber imports to the United States. It expired in 2015, but had a one-year “stand-still” clause allowing time to negotiate a new deal. That expired on Oct. 13.

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A simple fix in the battle over lumber

By Barrie McKenna
Globe and Mail
October 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, US West

[This story is only available to Globe and Mail Subscribers] The Trudeau government has repeatedly insisted it’s doing everything possible to avoid another lumber war with the United States, short of outright capitulation. That includes on and off negotiations and countless meetings with top U.S. officials. …The restrictions are a net loss to the Canadian economy, fly in the face of Canada’s trade obligations and undermine efforts to expand foreign markets, according to Prof. Beaulieu. “This … is a costly misguided policy,” he said. A forthcoming study by Eric Miller, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, is even more strident, arguing that the restrictions are a blatant subsidy that is illegal under both the North American Free Trade Agreement and World Trade Organization rules. …One major private B.C. timber owner, who declined to be named, said it often sells timber at a loss to mills in the province as part of an informal quid pro that enables it to export fully priced logs in other transactions.

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Production slowing at longtime Kingsport paper mill

Associated Press Times Free Press
October 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

KINGSPORT, Tenn.  — Paper company Domtar Corp. is slowing production at its Kingsport paper mill to reduce inventory. The plant, under different ownership, first starting producing paper in 1916 as the Kingsport Pulp Mill. The mill employs about 300 people, but the company did not say how many jobs would be affected, according to media reports. “At Domtar we must continually monitor our production output and inventory with that of customer orders,” Domtar spokesman Mike Cunningham said in an email. “Accordingly, we are taking appropriate measures to reduce our inventory by slowing down production at our Kingsport Mill.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Fired up! Tall timber tower passes key test

By John Gregerson
Built Worlds
October 20, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Constantly “putting out fires” is no way to run a major political campaign, but advocates of tall wood construction are happy to do it if it will win over the many doubters of their product. This month, the designers behind Framework, a 12-story, mass-timber tower in Portland OR, just put out several fires, and they are excited to tell the world. Extensive testing on what would be the tallest U.S. wood structure has allayed many concerns about the ability of its key structural components — including glulam and cross-laminated timber (CLT) — to maintain their integrity during a two-hour blaze, according to Thomas Robinson, principal with Portland-based project architect Lever Architecture.

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Freres unveils innovative mass plywood panel

by Justin Much
Statesman Journal
October 21, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

They have the raw material. They have the tools. They’ve been inventing and testing the product for some time. Once the patents are in place and the production equipment is built, Lyons-based Freres Lumber Company hopes its latest innovation will revolutionize construction. On Friday, Oct. 21, Freres unveiled “Mass Plywood Panel,” a new-to-market, veneer-based wood product engineered, tested and refined in partnership with Oregon State University. “It’s pretty exciting, I’ve got to say,” said Freres Executive Vice President Rob Freres, who said they’ve worked on developing the panel for more than a year. “It’s a major innovation – maybe the first veneer-based product of this size and scale that’s been proposed to the marketplace,” Freres said.

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Maine’s wood innovators gathering to explore next-gen products

By J. Craig Anderson
Portland Press Herald
October 21, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Entrepreneur Nadir Yildirim is among those convinced that Maine’s troubled forest products industry is merely going through a period of transition, as innovative minds develop new products that will catalyze a resurgence in demand for the state’s most abundant natural resource. His stake in this next generation of wood-based products is a foam insulation board made from the molecular building blocks of wood called cellulose nanofibers. The boards made by Yildirim’s high-tech startup, Revolution Research Inc., are 100 percent recyclable, unusual among the other foam insulation boards on the market that are typically made from petroleum-based materials.

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‘Nuisance’ polymer becomes biomass breakthrough

Labroratory Talk
October 23, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International


A team of scientists at Swiss research institution École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have found a way to turn the biomass waste polymer – lignin – into a source of biofuel. By adding formaldehyde to the lignin ‘waste’, which is described as a “nuisance”, the scientists claim to be able to convert up to 80% of it into valuable molecules for biofuel and plastics. The method for doing this can also be scaled up to industrial levels, the EPFL team said. Lignin is an enormously complex biopolymer, filling the hard wall that surrounds each plant cell, the researchers said.

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Forestry

Ancient Forest Alliance offering Stanley Park tree tours in Mandarin, Cantonese

By Chad Pawson
CBC News
October 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s Ancient Forest Alliance is hoping to draw Chinese language speakers to its cause by offering Stanley Park nature tours in Mandarin and Cantonese. “Our goal is to expand the ancient forest movement,” said Ken Wu with the alliance on Saturday, as he walked through the park with a small team of potential guides. “I think in the Lower Mainland, the most important way we can help protect old growth forests is to engage a massive chunk of the population which we haven’t engaged in the past.” …While Stanley Park is a protected space with massive, old growth trees, the goal from the alliance is to teach more Chinese-Canadians about the trees’ history and importance, ecologically, across the province.

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How a moose tax can help B.C. wildlife conservation

By Mark Hume
Globe and Mail
October 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Is it time for a moose tax? Faced with declining game populations and the increasing complexities of wildlife management, people are starting to look at new funding models. And a tax to help moose and other game animals might be one way to go. A few years ago, in response to growing concerns that British Columbia’s moose numbers were in decline, the provincial government conducted 20 population surveys. The results were troubling. While in some places numbers were stable, in many regions moose numbers had declined by 50 per cent to 70 per cent.

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Chinese-language forest tours to educate more B.C. residents on conservation

By Linda Givetash
Canadian Press in Victoria Times Colonist
October 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Conservationists have their eyes on a demographic that hasn’t been tapped into before in terms of educating people about British Columbia’s old growth forests. About half a million people in B.C.’s Lower Mainland are Chinese-language speakers, yet most environmental programs and tours are offered in English only, said Ken Wu, executive director of the Ancient Forest Alliance. The group is partnering with the Stanley Park Ecology Society and Hua Foundation to train volunteers to give tours of Stanley Park in Mandarin and Cantonese. “The goal here will be to increase the level of conservation awareness,” Wu said. Old growth forests that exist in Stanley Park and other areas across the province are vital to the broader ecosystem and climate, Wu said.

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Parks Canada beginning to thin forests in hopes of preventing spread of wildfire

by Ian Campbell
660 News
October 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Crews have begun to thin certain forests around Banff National Park, in some cases removing entire strips of trees. It’s preventative work but the goal is to make sure it’s difficult for wildfires to spread, endangering buildings and communities. “For us safety of visitors in the park is a top priority and one of the safety issues that comes with being out in the mountains and the forested areas is wildfire,” said Wildfire Specialist Gregg Walker. “We’re thinning the forests around certain buildings and communities to slow these wildfires down.” Nowhere was it more prevalent than in Alberta given the past summer season and seeing how dry the summer was around Fort McMurray.

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Forestry and Railway Museum Seeking Help for Proposed Pavilion

By Spencer Gowan
My Prince George Now
October 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Forestry and Railway Museum wants to work with the City on a roofed structure for its historical pieces. The pavilion would protect old rail cars and equipment. It could also be used for outdoor markets or events. The large building would be made by the Timber Framers Guild, a non-profit group that constructs through timber framing instead of a modern method. It traditionally uses joints to keep the structure together. Museum Executive Director Ranjit Gill presented the idea to Council this week. For the project to go through, she says the museum needs more than money.

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Manitoba-made film a love letter to the world’s forests

Call of the Forest explores the science and wisdom of trees and nature
CBC News
October 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Photons journey from the sun to the leaf of a tree in the opening scenes of a Manitoba-made film that explores the science and wisdom of the world’s forests. Call of the Forest is a love letter to the world’s trees made over five years by Winnipeg filmmaker Jeff McKay. “If you opened up a family photo album of mine, you’d just as likely have seen pictures of leaves and tree bark,” McKay said. “My dad was a real kind of nature guy.” McKay heard world-recognized author, scientist and environmentalist Diana Beresford-Kroeger speaking about her book The Global Forest and was inspired to make the film. “I knew something about trees but when I heard Diana talk it really swept me away,” McKay said.

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Blockade against logging work hurts legal stance

By Mark Neilsen
Prince George Citizen
October 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Setting up a blockade has hindered rather than helped members of an aboriginal band who have been trying to stop a logging operation north of Fort St. James. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Duncan granted a logging company an injunction allowing the work to go ahead, saying not doing so “would condone the pursuit of self-help remedies” as opposed to dealing with the matter “in the proper forum between the proper parties.” Duncan issued the injunction on Oct. 12, after hearing arguments the day before, and released her reasons for judgment on Wednesday.

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Moose hunting restricted further in B.C.

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
October 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is further reducing the number of moose hunt permits and developing new industrial restrictions in an effort to halt the decline of moose populations around B.C. …The ministry is also increasing funding by $1.2 million to implement recommendations from wildlife consultant Al Gorley’s report in July, including greater moose habitat protection in future forest and industrial developments. Gorley reported that declines in moose population mainly correspond with salvage logging of timber affected by mountain pine beetle infestation.

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Bristlecone pines untroubled by tree-killing beetle invasion, study shows

By HENRY BREAN
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Great Basin bristlecone pine trees can live for 5,000 years or longer. Did you really think they’d let a few bugs get under their skin? A new study of the ancient trees, including some specimens high on Mount Charleston, shows they are highly resistant to damage from mountain pine beetles, which have killed millions of other types of pine trees across the West in the past decade. Rising temperatures associated with climate change have fueled a beetle explosion throughout the region, including major outbreaks in high-elevation forests, experts say.

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Timber tour highlights woodsy economy

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
October 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Student members of the Society of American Foresters hung tags as part of National Forest Products Week, demonstrating the value of urban forest species. For example, a Douglas fir tree by Stone Hall noted its size (83 feet), diameter (35 inches), potential products (plywood, tea for rheumatism cure) and value in environmental benefits ($13,954, based on storm water absorption, improved air quality and property value). The week of celebrating and contemplating the state of Montana’s forestry industry wrapped up with visit to an active logging project tucked into the side of Mount Sentinel.

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$24 million gift pushes University of Montana to raise money for new forestry building

By Keila Szpaller
The Missoulian
October 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An historic $24 million pledge to the University of Montana pushes the campus to raise money for a new building for the College of Forestry and Conservation. The agreement outlining terms of the record donation to the UM College of Forestry and Conservation and Global Leadership Initiative notes UM’s obligations in addition to naming requirements. “In consideration of the gift, the university will use reasonable efforts to obtain funding for a new building for the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation,” reads the contract.

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Western governors’ initiative seeks to improve forest, rangeland management

by Sean Ellis
Capital Press
October 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE — Sharing successful experiences that improve the management of Western forests and rangeland was discussed Oct. 20-21 in Boise. The “National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative” brought together states, land managers, industry, local leaders and federal officials to share best practices and explore policy options that could improve forest and rangeland management. Western Governors’ Association officials hope the results of the initiative will position the organization to recommend congressional efforts to improve forest and rangeland management. It was launched Aug. 15 by WGA Chairman and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. The two-day Boise workshop is the second of five that will be held in different Western states.

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Burning The Forest To Save The Forest

By Pete Aleshire
Payson Roundup
October 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A 2.5-degree increase in average temperatures across North America has resulted in an increase in wildfires that consumed an estimated 16,000 square miles of forest, according to the latest effort to tease out the effects of climate change on wildfires. The temperature increase has essentially doubled the area affected by forest fires in the past 30 years, according to the study by researchers from Columbia University published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study underscores the dangers faced by towns like Payson and Star Valley as megafires increase in number and extent.

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University of Georgia’s Warnell School honors distinguished alumni

Athens Banner Herald
October 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources honored two alumni, recognizing them for the impacts they’ve made to their fields and to the college and natural resources. Dennis Carey was named the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus, and Amanda Hamsley Lang was recognized as the 2016 Distinguished Young Alumnus. These awards are given annually to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the natural resources fields and have remained strong supporters of the Warnell School.

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As drought continues, firefighters battle blaze near Lake Allatoona

By Jonathan Andrews
WTOC
October 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BARTOW COUNTY, GA – A forest fire in drought-stricken north Georgia likely started last night and has kept firefighters busy through Sunday afternoon. Bartow County Fire Department said the fire is covering about 50-60 acres in a wooded area near Lake Allatoona. They initially responded to the fire just before 7 p.m. on Saturday and continued working to control it Sunday. Smoke can reportedly be seen from miles around.   The EPA in Georgia declared a Level 1 drought response in September, which included all 15 counties in metro Atlanta. At this level, water providers are only required to educate the public about drought conditions and water conservation.

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Foreign invaders infiltrate Britain’s ancient woodlands

By Robin McKie
The Guardian
October 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In July 2013, a large, strangely shaped beetle emerged from the fabric of a wooden chair that had just been bought in the UK. The inch-long creature had developed inside the chair’s wooden frame before it ate its way to the surface and burst through the seat’s plastic covering – much to the alarm of its purchaser. Crucially, the furniture had been made in, and imported from, China. Analysis by Fera Science, formerly the Food and Environment Research Agency, showed the beetle was a Japanese pine sawyer. Worse, the beetle was found to be infested with a second serious pest: the pinewood nematode worm. In combination, the beetle (Monochamus alternatus) and worm (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus) have been linked to widespread damage to pine forests in China and Japan. Now it is spreading through parts of Europe.

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Increased funding for woodland creation in Scotland

BBC News
October 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Plans to plant 2,965 acres (1,200 ha) of new woodland across Scotland have been backed with £6.5m in funding. The figure is the highest level of funding awarded since the Scotland’s Forestry Grant Scheme was set up in 2015, the Scottish government said. The planting projects to receive funding include schemes in Knoydart, Perthshire, Argyll and the Borders. Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing announced the funding during a visit to a sawmill in Boat of Garten. Mr Ewing held talks with industry leaders at the site near Aviemore as part of a series of summits on the future of forestry.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Op-Ed: Canada’s biofuels program is too expensive

By Mel Cappe
Ottawa Citizen
October 23, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

As members of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, we are pleased to see the growing national momentum for carbon pricing. Governments across this country are increasingly willing to implement policies that realistically promise a significant decline in greenhouse gas emissions. Some people may be surprised to learn that we also favour the elimination of some “green” policies because some, while modestly successful in improving the environment, achieve their outcomes at too high a cost. We can only improve the environment and the economy together if policies are smart. With sluggish economic growth, we can’t afford to be cavalier about the sources of Canadians’ economic prosperity. We need to encourage governments to design policies that offer environmental gains at the lowest possible economic cost.

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Wood-fired electricity sparks ambitious plans, controversy in Oregon

By Ted Sickinger
The Oregonian
October 23, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

By year’s end, Portland General Electric will fire up its 550-megawatt power plant in Boardman for a daylong test burn, feeding 8,000 tons of pulverized, roasted wood into its boilers instead of the usual diet of coal. The exercise is meant to gauge whether the aging fossil fuel plant could reliably generate electricity using renewable feedstock such as “torrefied” wood after its scheduled closure in 2020. If it works — technically, economically and environmentally — Oregon’s only coal-fired power plant could one day become the country’s largest biomass power plant.

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