Though Donald Trump’s election casts a long shadow on energy matters, a new poll finds that it is making little impact on public opinion north of the border. Only 17% of the respondents think Canada should follow Trump’s lead and stick with fossil fuels. “If anything, this survey suggests that the new U.S. leader’s position actually makes Canadians more inclined to support clean energy here at home,” said Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada. They perceive the future in terms of a low carbon economy and 70% of Canadians want a clean energy transition asap.
British Columbia introduced its’ carbon tax on July 1, 2008. Though Premier Christy Clark’s only contribution was to freeze the rates in 2012, her government portrays itself as a climate leader. Most recently, our province received one of 13 ‘Momentum for Change’ awards handed out at COP 22. A new report shows that, far from being a climate leader, British Columbia is sabotaging Canada’s climate actions.
On June 1, 2016, the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California joined British Columbia’s Environment Minister and representatives from six West Coast cities, in the Borgia Room of San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel, to sign what history may show was a key milestone in the struggle to mount a concerted defence against the ravages of global temperature rise. The 2016 Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action Plan has a strong emphasis on issues like ocean acidification; the integration of clean energy into the power grid; “support for efforts by the insurance industry and regulatory system to highlight the economic costs of climate change; and so-called “super pollutants” (also known as short-lived climate pollutants).” This sounds good, but do the Pacific Coast’s “Climate Leaders” mean business?
Years before Premier Christy Clark dreampt of the billion dollar opportunity to frack British Columbia, the province set a cap on LNG emissions. As of Jaunary 1, facilities can produce higher emissions than was previously allowed “by purchasing offsets or buying funded units.” 1 Does BC still have a cap on LNG emissions?
Bloomberg recently stated that due to “weakening Asia economies, cheap coal, the return of nuclear power in Japan and the ever-expanding glut” of LNG plants, only 5 of the 90 LNG plants planned five years ago are needed. BC’s 20 “Unlikely to Succeed” LNG Plants were at the bottom of this list.