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8 entries from June 2008

Will a carbon tax affect driving habits in BC?

In the news, it seems that one of the hot topics right now is whether or not Canada should consider a nationwide carbon tax.

In BC, the provincial government is past consideration and has moved to implementation. That said, the provincial carbon tax is still a hot topic.

Wanting to join the discussion, I went to Vancouver and asked people for their thoughts on the tax – specifically, whether it would have the intended effect of encouraging fuel efficient driving. (If you’re reading this, you probably know that we’re trying to do the same thing with this blog.)

I brought along a camera and you can view some of the discussions here or on YouTube. Thanks to everyone who participated, and to Kevin from our Calgary office who did the filming. As a quick disclaimer, I apologize to all the BC folks from outside of Vancouver – it would also have been interesting to visit your community and hear what you have to say. So if you have any thoughts on this issue, please share them.

Looking ahead, we’ve got another short video coming in the next week or so. It will focus on the “what”, “when” and “how much” of the tax so that you’re a little more informed by the time the BC carbon tax is implemented on July 1, 2008.

Will the Summer Road Trip Survive?

Family_truckster You don't have to go far these days to find a news report featuring someone thinking twice about hitting the open road this summer due to price of gas.  As a veteran of many road trips either as a kid or with my kids, those stories make me a little sad. 

Yes, gas prices are about 20% higher than they were this time last year.  But is that worth missing out on the roadside restaurants where the placemat doubles as the menu?  Or the highway motels that still proudly boast "Colour TV and Air Conditioning"? Or oversized roadside attractions?  Before you put the Thule in the garage, let me share some thoughts on how to keep up with the Griswolds this summer.

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Great Links: Low-Sulphur & Hi-Jinx

  1. was just introduced by the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute (CPPI - we're a member).   It has a cool walkthrough explaining how crude oil is refined into gasoline and lots of worthwhile information about the major investments made by Canada's refiners to use less energy and produce low-sulphur fuels.  With that kind of content, it won't get much media attention.  But it's worth checking out.
  2. Another gas-related email hoax is making the rounds again.  Question: If police were concerned about needles in gas pump handles, do you think they'd simply send an email and hope people forward it on to friends and family?  Me neither.  The good folks at Snopes agree.  My favourite line "this message is naught but another darn fool hoax dreamed up by someone intent upon enjoying the sight of people thrown into panic over nothing."  Nuff said.