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Plastic bags vanishing in Canada

Allen BestVail, CO Colorado

CANMORE, Alberta Municipal officials in Canmore decided against banning plastic bags at grocery and other stores. Just the same, more customers are bringing their own cloth bags for shopping.The Rocky Mountain Outlook say plastic use is down significantly in Canmore. The same trends holds for all of western Canada. A spokesman for Safeway said plastic bag use is down 20 percent in most major areas.Meanwhile, Telluride and Aspen are engaged in a competition to see which one is more successful in slashing use of plastic bags. Nothing definitive yet has been reported as to which horse may have the lead. Meanwhile, the Vail Daily, in an editorial, suggested this is a competition Vail should join.

SUN VALLEY, Idaho Town officials in Sun Valley are getting more serious about their vow to shrink their emissions of greenhouse gases. The town two years ago signed the mayors agreement on climate change, in which the town commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with a goal 10 percent less by 2012.But how do you know if youve shrunk your carbon shadow if you havent measured _ so thats what the town will do next, reports the Idaho Mountain Express.

WHISTLER, B.C. The home fires from Colorado to British Columbia are getting more expensive.In Colorado, the story is a newly completed pipeline that starts in the natural gas fields about 90 miles southwest of Steamboat Springs. The Rockies Express Pipeline has reached Missouri, and may yet be extended to Pennsylvania.This will lower prices for natural gas in the Midwest and increase it in the Rockies. The Steamboat Pilot & Today gives a report from its neighborhood: The cost was $5.50 per million British thermal units of heat last September now, its at $13 per million Btus. Further increases are expected this winter.Prices are rising in British Columbia too. There, propane for the typical Whistler home is expected to rise $323 per year, reports Pique newsmagazine. A similar increase of 17 percent has also been approved for customers in Revelstoke.A carbon tax set to take effect July 1 in British Columbia will further increase heating and transportation costs. That carbon tax is being applied to all fossil fuels, including gasoline, diesel and natural gas. The tax begins at a rate of $10 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions and will rise $5 per year for the next four years. What this means for a typical home in the Vancouver area is $50 more this year to the heating bill, and $140 per year by the year 2012, reports the Revelstoke Times-Review.The tax is being levied with the goal of encouraging conservation and efficiency, with the ultimate goal being reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.


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