With the election approaching, the Pembina Institute brought together prominent candidates from B.C.’s three major political parties to debate the province’s road to a more planet friendly future. Despite the underlying tension, everyone was polite. There was laughter. Yet Pembina’s clean energy & climate debate illustrated very “alternate” realities.
In a recent interview with the ECOreport, Simon Fraser University Climate ScientistDr, Kirsten Zickfelddescribed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s idea of fighting climate change while expanding the oil sands and building new pipelines as “delusional.” There is only a finite amount of carbon we can release into the atmosphere and if we hope keep the global temperature rise to 2 degrees C. We are already close to 1.5 degrees and may pass that threshold this year. Even if we do not build any new fossil fuel infrastructure, Canada will exhaust “its’ fair share” of carbon emissions by 2030. These were quite strong statements, so I asked a couple of other scientists – as well as environmentalists, politicians and government spokespersons – Can Canada build more pipelines? Or LNG facilities? Continue reading Can Canada Build More Pipelines? Or LNG Facilities?→
Normally, businesses do not petition government for higher taxes. Nor do they usually insist this would be good for the economy. However the tax credit is a central pillar of the 32 recommendations put forward by the province’s Climate Leadership Team. If the province follows their plan, they predict the GDP will grow by about 2.1% per year. Now, in an open letter, 138 businesses call upon BC government to increase carbon tax.
Though some heralded the creation of a Climate Leadership Team one of the high points of her Premiership, there is no doubt they have caused Christy Clark anxiety. This “radical” group of individuals do not seem to realize their place! They have pointed to the province’s rising emissions, suggested that a massive build out of LNG terminals would be detrimental and said BC should raise the carbon tax. Some members of the team have even said that, far from being a Climate Leader, Clark has not undertaken any climate initiatives since she took office. So, as of tomorrow, the province will be implementing what appears to be Christy’s Solution to BC’s Climate Challenge.
One of the smartest things Premier Christy Clark’s government has done was ask Matt Horne, of the Pembina Institute, to join BC’s Climate Leadership Team last year. The credibility they gained from that single act opened the door to new possibilities. Unfortunately that door appears to have shut . Premier Clark chose to ignore the suggestions made by her Climate Leadership Team. Yesterday Horne has released a statement that the proposed LNG facility on Lelu Island could become Canada’s largest carbon polluter.