As world leaders at the Paris climate talks push for a price on carbon, the BC delegation continues to tout the province’s low carbon fuel standards.
That’s Energy Minister Bill Bennett, who notes BC is the only province in the country with those kinds of requirements but he says there needs to be a balance between curbing greenhouse gas emissions and doing what’s best for the economy.
Speaking of other jurisdictions catching up, Alberta has made some COP-21 noise with its new left-wing Premier, Rachel Notley — flanked by some high profile right-wing oil and gas industry executives — introducing a new climate change strategy, which includes a broad based carbon tax.
Environmental activists would have us believe the main reason Suncor’s Steve Williams, CNRL’S Murray Edwards, and Brian Ferguson of Cenovus shared the roll-out stage is that the coal mining industry — and not oil and gas — is the initial target of the New Democrats climate change plans.
However, there is another side to this story and a professor at the Simon Fraser University, School of Resource and Environmental Management is uniquely qualified to tell it.
Dr. Mark Jaccard — long recognized as one of the leading authorities for his work on the effectiveness of sustainable energy and climate policies — has also served as the CEO of the BC Utilities Commission, and he says the policies being discussed in Paris actually mirror what many in the industry have been advocating for some time.