Media Statement: September 27th, 2016
PNW Approval Fails Climate Tests
For Immediate Release
Victoria, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head and Leader of the BC Green Party issued the following statement following the Federal Government’s approval of the PNW LNG facility:
“I am thoroughly disappointed in the Federal Government’s approval of the Pacific Northwest LNG facility late yesterday even though market conditions are such that it almost certainly will never be built. The Federal government is now chasing the exact same roller coaster economics that the BC Liberals committed themselves to with their LNG hype 4 years ago, and all the instability and uncertainty that it brings.
“In an initial review of the conditions provided, I am confident that the Federal government is not living up to its own rhetoric about taking climate change seriously. This project represents one of the single biggest sources of carbon pollution in the country. What’s worse, is that it sends the wrong message to the international community about Canada’s commitment to its international obligations.
“In signing the Paris climate agreement Trudeau stated: ‘Today, with my signature, I give you our word that Canada’s efforts will not cease… Climate change will test our intelligence, our compassion and our will. But we are equal to that challenge.’ Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau broke his word.
“British Columbians are increasingly uncertain about the path our province is on, and they only need to look next door in Alberta to see what happens when a single resource is prioritized above an innovative and diverse economy. I am constantly surprised by the narrow vision that the BC Liberals have for our economy.
“I believe our opportunities lie not in developing yet another GHG intensive fossil fuel resource, but in building on our strengths – our abundant renewable resources and our educated workforce in developing an economy that becomes an innovation hub for the world.
Mat Wright – Press Secretary
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