Premier Christy Clark defends LNG industry’s carbon footprint
Read this Nov. 13 story from CBC.ca on BC Premier Christy Clark’s response to mounting concerns over the massive carbon footprint associated with her government’s plan to build an LNG industry. The five major plants the province envisions for BC’s coast would dramatically boost the province’s greenhouse gases and make it impossible to to meet its ambitious climate targets.
Premier Christy Clark is calling British Columbia’s proposed liquefied natural-gas plants worldwide pollution-fighting machines, despite concerns by climate scientists and environmental groups that they will belch millions of tonnes of harmful greenhouse gas emissions into the sky.
Clark says B.C. should sell natural gas in China and Japan because natural gas is cleaner than China’s coal and safer than Japan’s nuclear power.
“We are doing the world a favour,” she said.
But she warns timing is crucial to reach multi-billion-dollar deals with gas companies in China and Japan, and B.C.’s preoccupation with meeting its own pollution laws could impair the push to cash in on LNG developments.
Environmental group Clean Energy Canada estimates B.C.’s LNG plants could emit one tonne of GHG pollution for every one tonne of LNG they produce.
Clark came close to rejecting outright B.C.’s 2007 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets law that calls on the province to cut its GHG emissions by one-third by 2020.
Instead her government is expected to simply tweak the legislation to make sure the industry complies with the rules.
“I have never been an advocate of this view that the world’s air begins and ends at B.C.’s borders. It doesn’t.”