As British Columbia mourns over 800 lives lost in the June heat wave, firefighters from Mexico and Quebec arrived to help fight the province’s raging forest fires , more than 400 people have been arrested protesting logging of Old Growth forests, and scientists have confirmed that oil and gas facilities in B.C. are producing 1.6 to 2.2 times more methane pollution than current estimates, it doesn’t take long to find strong and serious criticism of the B.C. government’s climate policies. A few recent examples:
“BC’s Climate Adaptation Plan won’t protect you from heat waves, or much else” by Andrew Gage of West Coast Environmental Law (July 9)
“B.C. is in a state of climate emergency with no emergency plan” by Seth Klein in (National Observer, July 19)
“Lytton Burned, People Died. Who Should Pay?” (The Tyee, July 13)
And on July 16, to add insult to injury, the Premier announced the formation of a new B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy to “help B.C.-based companies develop, scale up and launch new low-carbon energy technologies and will help establish B.C. as a global exporter of climate solutions.” The province will partner with the federal government and Shell Canada to fund a new centre whose first priorities include carbon capture, hydrogen production, biofuels and battery technology. Stand.earth reacted with: “Partnership with Shell Canada sets country and province on the wrong path to address climate change”.