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Rethinking the impacts of fossil fuel divestment: a critique of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions white paper

February 27, 2015 George Hoberg* A White Paper released by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions last month argues that fossil fuel divestment campaigns are based on a set of unfounded assumptions. The authors, Hadi Dowlatabadi and Justin Ritchie of … Continue reading

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Letter to Vancouver Sun in response to editorial critical of divestment at UBC

February 27, 2015 This letter was submitted to the Sun today: Your February 26 editorial relied heavily on a study that concluded that divestment from fossil fuels would not have a significant impact on the “carbon shadow” of UBC’s endowment. … Continue reading

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Two cheers for Trudeau’s climate plan – the best a climate hawk could expect out of a Liberal leader named Trudeau?

George Hoberg February 7, 2015 In a speech to the Petroleum Club in Calgary yesterday, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau gave more details about what climate policy his party would pursue if they form the government after the October 2015 federal … Continue reading

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Forces at Work in Natural Resource Policy – A Hoberg Course Brief

George Hoberg February 6, 2015 pdf: Forces at Work in Natural Resource Policy – Hoberg course brief In thinking and teaching about natural resource policy, I find it useful to use a framework I refer to as “forces at work … Continue reading

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Multi-Criteria Decision-Making for Comparing Energy Choices – A Hoberg Course Brief

George Hoberg and Guillaume Peterson February 3, 2015 pdf Hoberg course brief – MCA final Decision-makers must take into account a large variety of components when comparing energy choices. A simple and straightforward way to evaluate each option is to … Continue reading

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What is the Role of First Nations in Decision-Making on Crown Government Resource Development Projects? – A Hoberg Course Brief

George Hoberg January 20, 2015 pdf of this post: Hoberg course brief – aboriginal law The relationship between Canadian governments and Aboriginal groups has shifted dramatically over the past several decades, but has yet to reach any stable equilibrium that clarifies … Continue reading

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Fossil Divestment at UBC: Opportunity for Leadership and Moral Imperative – George Hoberg Remarks to UBC Faculty Association

George Hoberg October 27, 2014 (A text of the remarks I made at the Faculty Association introducing the motion to call for a referendum on divesting the UBC endowment of fossil fuels. A more detailed rationale with extensive references can … Continue reading

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LNG for the Win! The October 2014 BC Throne Speech

George Hoberg October 6, 2014 The Clark government’s Fall Speech from the Throne continues the eggs-in-one-basket pattern established in recent years – the future of BC is premised on the rise of the LNG industry. The speech is centred around … Continue reading

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It’s D-Day for Harper on Northern Gateway

George Hoberg June 8, 2014 The next big thing in the battle over the Northern Gateway pipeline happens by June 17, when the Harper cabinet’s decision on the National Energy Board’s recommendation to approve the pipeline (with conditions) is due. … Continue reading

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The Site C Panel Report and the Crisis of Credibility for BC Electricity Policy

George Hoberg May 9, 2014 Yesterday, the Joint Review Panel for the Site C dam project on the Peace River in northern British Columbia released its environmental assessment report. The panel did not recommend for or against the project, but … Continue reading

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