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Canada is doubling down on fossil fuel infrastructure expansion. In May the Trudeau government bought a pipeline — Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project — with $4.5 billion taxpayer dollars. And now the Prime Minister is celebrating the $40 billion British Columbia announcement of the massive LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) project.

Doubling Down on Fossils

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Prime Minister Trudeau was all smiles at the press conference saying “it’s a good day for Canada.” He added “It is a vote of confidence in a country that recognizes the need to develop our energy in a way that takes the environment into account.” But that’s a false statement by Trudeau. The environment will be negatively affected as emissions will continue to climb. The Liberal party mantra of “the economy and the environment go together” is once again proven wrong.

Fact: British Columbia can’t have LNG and still meet its climate targets

B.C. has committed to meet legislative targets of 40% below 2007 levels by 2030, 60% by 2040 and 80% by 2050. These targets were detailed in legislation passed in May 2018  (Source: BC Government backgrounder). The LNG project will be a major greenhouse-gas emitter for decades and is incompatible with the legislated targets.

The Math is Simple

Merran Smith, executive director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to LNG Canada’s announcement.

“Today’s announcement brings with it a defining challenge for B.C.: squaring the imperative to cut carbon pollution while accepting a huge new source of it.”

“The math is simple: adding a massive new source of pollution means we need to do far more to cut carbon pollution from our homes, from buildings, from our cars and trucks, and from other industries as well. It means we will need to be bolder, more ambitious and more innovative. Because the fact is the only pollution we can reliably cut—and be held accountable for—is the pollution created in our own backyard.”

“This year British Columbians experienced the costs and heart-wrenching consequences of a changing climate, from floods to forest fires. And while we need to adapt to those impacts that now feel inevitable, we must also do more to prevent the unimaginable.”

“The government must hold LNG Canada to account and ensure it delivers the world’s cleanest LNG project, as they have promised. And British Columbians must hold their government to account for delivering a climate solutions plan that starts immediately with policies and incentives that put us on track to cut carbon pollution and build a clean economy.”

In an earlier Opinion piece, British Columbians deserve to hear the real cost of LNG, Merran Smith and Dan Woynillowicz of Clean Energy Canada raise doubt over the long-term viability of the gas industry.

“The prospect of developing an LNG industry remains highly uncertain. A global energy transition to clean energy is underway and accelerating. While natural gas will play a role for a time, its long-term future is uncertain — it is not, in other words, a ticket to lasting economic prosperity.”

Not a Good Day for Canada

The LNG announcement is disappointing. Doubling down on fossils goes against every essential climate principle implicit in the Paris Agreement. The world, including Canadians, must accelerate the transitioning to a clean energy low-carbon future.

I remind Mr. Trudeau: the LNG announcement is not a good day for Canada. It’s not a good day for Canadians. And it’s not a good day for our children and grandchildren.

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  1. No, I guess it’s not a good day for Canada or elsewhere in the World.

    It strikes me that Governments everwhere are giving lip service to keeping the environment healthy, while implementing policy that does exactly the opposite.

    Here in Britain, people have been sent to prison for peaceful protests at fracking sites. People who oppose our massive Cull of badgers have been peacefully trying to record the government sponsored shooting of trapped badgers, have been intimidated and arrested by armed riot police wearing full combat gear.

    I cannot comprehend why normal, peace loving citizens can be so condemned by Governments for wanting the environment to be healthy for their Grandkids.

    Big oil and corporate greed (keep ’em wanting, keep’ em buying) will be our undoing!

    • Colette,

      Like you, I have a hard time understanding how politicians elected to represent the best interest of citizens can make such poorly informed and unintelligent (not to say stupid) decisions. There are politicians in Canada – Premier Ford of Ontario and want-to-be premier Jason Kenney of Alberta – who are working together to foil and reverse all climate progress in their respective province. What kind of people do that? And then I looked up the definition of stupid.

      having or showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense.
      synonyms:unintelligent, ignorant, dense, foolish, dull-witted, slow, simpleminded, vacuous, vapid, idiotic, imbecilic, imbecile, obtuse, doltish


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