Controversy in B.C. over the Pembina Institute report released on June 14, How do B.C.’s Climate Action commitments stack up? . The report uses modelling by the Canadian Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project Team to predict that B.C.’s emissions will rise 39 per cent above their 2014 level by 2030 following the current policies. Over 80 per cent of the emissions increase between 2014 and 2030 is projected to come from oil and gas development, including liquefied natural gas (LNG). See also the Pembina Backgrounder as well as “How B.C. became a Climate Laggard” in the Globe and Mail , a review by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) and “How the B.C. Government responded” in The National Observer .
And public opinion continues to oppose current policies, including Petronas’ $36-billion Pacific Northwest LNG development, and the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal, where both the City of Vancouver and the Squamish First Nation have filed appeals in B.C. courts. Even the academics at the normally apolitical Royal Society of Canada have issued an Open Letter opposing the Site C Hydro Dam on the Peace River. Against this backdrop, the government’s updated Climate Change policy is expected at the end of June.