Wednesday, December 7, 2016

12/7 Pro KM, safe tankers, Battle Ready chainsaws, driving more, green energy future

Black-capped chickadee (Paul Bannick/BirdNote)
More Eyes and Ears: The better to watch for predators!
A family of dapper Black-capped Chickadees call as they hang upside down, pecking at alder seeds. A wren skulks and buzzes through the underbrush. A petite Downy Woodpecker whinnies nearby. Mixed-species flocks may include a dozen species and more than fifty individuals. More ears and eyes mean better detection of predators. (BirdNote)

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says pipeline will boost B.C.'s GDP by $1B 
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline has significant economic benefits for B.C. Notley was in Vancouver Tuesday to convince British Columbians to support the controversial pipeline expansion project, which received federal approval last week…. The pipeline would provide a $1 billion bump to B.C.'s GDP without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, she said, pointing out Alberta recently introduced legislation to cap emissions. (CBC) See also: Minister apologizes for threatening to use military against pipeline protesters  Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has apologized for saying those engaged in unruly protests against new oil pipelines will find themselves facing the Canadian Forces. Carr’s apology Tuesday came as the military confirmed it was not preparing any response to oil pipeline protesters, nor was it involved in any planning to deal with such an event. David Pugliese reports. (Ottawa Citizen)

Increased B.C. tanker traffic will be safe, promises transport minister 
Canada's minister of transport says British Columbians should have confidence that increased tanker traffic will be safe, and if there is an accident, the resources will be there to deal with it….  On Nov. 29, the Trudeau government approved Kinder Morgan's expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline, a move that will bring almost three hundred extra oil tankers to the Port of Vancouver every year…. The expansion will triple the capacity of the pipeline, allowing the company to move 870,000 barrels of Alberta oil every day. The plan also calls for three new berths at the marine terminal to handle the increase in oil tankers, as well as an extra $200 million for the industry-funded corporation responsible for handling oil spill cleanup. The Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) says it plans to set up new spill response bases on the south arm of the Fraser River, as well as Nanaimo, the Saanich Peninsula and Beecher Bay on the Strait of Juan De Fuca.  Port Alberni and Ucluelet will also get extra cleanup resources. Chris Brown and Chris Corday report. (CBC)

A War, The Chainsaw And The 2nd Great Cutting Of The Northwest
After the Great Depression, the Northwest’s faltering timber industry got its second wind. The comeback started with World War II. The war effort created a huge demand for lumber. It also spurred advancements in technology, setting the region up for one of the largest timber harvests in U-S history. Part of the Battle Ready series. Jes Burns reports. (EarthFix)  See also: Unpacking The Science Behind The Northwest Forest Plan http://www.opb.org/news/article/northwest-forest-plan-science-up-for-peer-review-/   Jes Burns reports. (EarthFix)

Americans drive record number of miles in first 9 months of 2016
U.S. drivers set a record for miles driven the first nine months of the year, likely the result of lower gasoline prices and an improving economy. Americans drove 2.4 trillion miles this year through September, according to the Federal Highway Administration, an increase over the 2.35 trillion miles they drove in the first nine months of 2015. Curtis Tate reports. (McClatchy

Green-energy projects can expect cold shoulder during Trump presidency
When an obscure nonprofit group attacked one of California’s signature green-energy projects this summer – warning a congressional panel that the embrace of solar energy would lead to crippling hikes in electricity bills – officials in the state shrugged off the testimony as noise from the fringe. With Donald Trump’s election, however, that group, the Institute for Energy Research, has moved suddenly from the fringe to the center of power. The president-elect has sent the group’s president, a former Koch Industries lobbyist named Thomas Pyle, to the Energy Department to take charge of its transition. Evan Halper reports. (Tribune)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-  244 AM PST WED DEC 7 2016  

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON PST TODAY THROUGH THIS
 EVENING
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY
 EVENING    TODAY  E WIND 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING 15 TO 25 KT IN THE  AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 12 SECONDS.
TONIGHT
 E WIND 20 TO 30 KT...RISING TO 30 TO 35 KT AFTER  MIDNIGHT. COMBINED SEAS 5 TO 7 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF  14 SECONDS.

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