British Columbia

LNG Canada means B.C. will need to double down on hitting climate targets

VICTORIA — Merran Smith, executive director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to LNG Canada’s announcement that it would proceed:

“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.”

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