The future of Vancouver’s new Green Building Rezoning Policy is already uncertain. As of this morning, there is an emissions cap on all new construction and buildings applying for rezoning. There are several ways developers “can meet the energy efficiency and emissions targets (50 per cent decrease in GHGs).” They can use “better insulation, thicker windows, and better design, as well as opting for renewable energy.” However the largest cause of the city’s emissions is natural gas and so Premier Christy Clark’s Liberals attack Vancouver’s attempt to limit emissions.
Fossil fuel companies pumped more than $5.1 million into British Columbia’s elections between 2008 and 2015. 92% of that money was given to the BC Liberal party, which was in office through-out that period. The remainder went to the leading opposition party, the New Democratic Party (NDP). A new report from the Centre for Policy Alternatives, MAPPING THE POLITICAL INFLUENCE examines the funds and lobbying data to get answers. So what do BC’s Fossil Fuel Companies Get For their Campaign Contributions?
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.
In 2008, British Columbia became the first North American jurisdiction to introduce a revenue-neutral carbon tax. This drew international recognition. That was 8 years ago. The Pembina Institute suggests British Columbia’s climate leadership may be something in the past.