This is not a new argument but Andrew Weaver is critical of the Clark government for promoting the LNG industry development, which he claims would make it impossible for the province to reach the already legislated target of a 33 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020.
The government continues to insist it is a leader in fighting climate change, but Mr. Weaver says that claim no longer has any credibility.
“You can say we’re ‘world-class this,’ ‘word-class that,’ [but] the reality is we’re not,” says Weaver. “We were – we’re not.”
His comments follow federal government accusations this week that B.C. is lagging behind the rest of the country when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
However, Mr. Weaver, while agreeing with that statement, also had some choice words for the Harper government.
“It’s a bit of a ‘pot calling the kettle black’ there,” Weaver goes on to say. “What have the feds done? Almost nothing – in fact, pretty close to nothing.”
“…There have been some fuel standards, yes. But by and large, they’ve been laggards on this issue.”
Provincial Environment Minister Mary Polak was quick to respond to the criticism of the climatologist MLA.
She argues the fact that Premier Christy Clark has been invited to address the G-20 on B.C.’s carbon tax is proof.
“Internationally, we are viewed as leaders on the fight against climate change.”
As for the credibility of Ottawa’s criticism, the minister has reaffirmed the province’s 33 per cent reduction goal.
“There’s no question that we met our interim target in 2012,” Polak goes on to say. “We certainly have out-preformed other provinces in seeing our GHG emissions decline [and] our GDP go up.”
It was the Liberal government of Gordon Campbell which legislated the targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in 2007 and they not only call for a 33 per cent reduction by 2020, but also 80 per cent by 2050.