GSA statement on B.C.’s “climate gap” nearly doubling

On Wednesday, the Provincial government released its 2020 Climate Change Accountability Report. It shows that B.C. is far from meeting its legally-mandated 2030 climate goal. A major reason is because the oil and gas industry in B.C. now emits more climate pollution than all other industries in the province combined, while other industrial sectors have reduced their emissions.

In response, Georgia Strait Alliance’s Energy Campaigner, Andrew Radzik, says:

“This is a bad news for our shared climate. The gap between B.C.’s legislated 2030 target and the Clean BC climate plan has increased significantly: from 5.5 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions to between 7.2 and 11.2 megatons. We’ve gone from an emissions gap of 25 percent to as much as 44 percent. 

The BC government keeps missing their targets because of their support for fracking and LNG. Expanding fracking and building the LNG Canada project are incompatible with meeting our climate targets.  

B.C. yesterday also unveiled a new 2025 target of getting emissions 16 percent below 2007 levels. It’s important for the Province to set targets and complete their climate plan. But we must stop creating new sources of emissions, like LNG Canada, and reduce emissions from the biggest polluters, like the fracking industry.

This is a moment of truth for Premier Horgan: he can be a climate leader and make the decisions we need for a stable climate, or he can support fracking and LNG and be a climate laggard.”