Yesterday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced "that Canada's New Government intends to provide British Columbia with $199.3 million, as part of a new Canada ecoTrust to support provincial projects that will result in real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants." Those projects will include "providing clean electricity to remote rural areas now fuelled by dirty diesel, such as electrification of Highway 37." Funny that. Because the electrification of that highway will also benefit mining projects in the northwestern corner of the province - projects like the Mount Klappan...er...coal mine. Indeed, the Dogwood Initiative came out against that new power line last year, in part because it "would create a literal gold rush (and coal, copper, and coalbed methane rush) in the Stikine and Skeena watersheds, opening up the region for more mining schemes."
March 14, 2007