“The province has said they want to be climate leaders, and right now carbon pollution is projected to go up in the province – and I don’t think you can be a leader if your carbon pollution is going up.”
Seven members of a Climate Leadership Team appointed by the province have written a letter to the Premier asking her to re-start stalled efforts by her government to fight climate change.
One of the signees – the Pembina Institute’s Matt Horne – says B.C. was off to a good start tabling a climate plan in 2008.
However, since 2012, things went off the rails.
“We then froze the carbon tax, and we more or less stalled the climate plan in 2012. Since then, we have seen emissions start to go back up. They have been going up and they are projected to continue going up. We have had a good start but we haven’t continued to build on that foundation that was put in place.”
Horne says the province was supposed to act on 32 recommendations tabled last year by the Climate Leadership team, but so far two deadlines have come and gone – and nothing.
With emmissions going up the group has recommended raising the carbon tax by 10% in 2018, and managing B.C.’s LNG industry to ensure emissions don’t spiral out of control