Horgan aims to quell Weaver’s opposition to LNG

Premier John Horgan and Green Party leader Andrew Weaver at a press conference announcing changes to provincial election campaign finance rules in September. Photo by Government of BC

VICTORIA, B.C. — Premier John Horgan is scheduled to speak with Green Party leader Andrew Weaver over the phone Tuesday in a bid to quell a potential conflict between the two that could result in a snap provincial election.

According to The Globe and Mail, Horgan is scheduled to speak with Weaver regarding his opposition to the NDP’s plans to see a liquified natural gas industry developed in B.C. Weaver’s Press Secretary Jillian Oliver has confirmed that that the two party leaders are scheduled to speak some time this evening.

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Last week, Weaver tweeted that his party is prepared to vote against the NDP government in a confidence motion if the New Democrats continue to pursue the development of an LNG industry in B.C. Horgan is currently on a trade mission to Asia that is partly aimed at drumming up support for the development of LNG.

A conversation with B.C. Premier John Horgan at the BCNR 2018 from Resource Works on Vimeo.

In an interview with Resources Works executive director Stewart in Prince George last week, Horgan said that he was optimistic about one or two LNG facilities being built in B.C. in the coming years. The Premier is set to meet with potential investors during his trip to China, South Korea and Japan to tell them that his government supports the development of LNG, provided certain conditions are met.

 

Weaver, whose party currently holds the balance of power in the Legislature, has continued to say that developing LNG this would breach the Confidence and Supply Agreement the two parties signed last summer that allowed the NDP to form a minority government.

In a statement, Oliver said that during the call, “Dr. Weaver will reiterate the fact that B.C. cannot meet its legislated greenhouse gas reduction targets if additional fossil fuel infrastructure is built. As such, the Premier cannot simultaneously commit to meeting our climate targets while cheerleading LNG. Dr. Weaver also hopes to continue to have productive conversations on how we can honour our platform and Confidence and Supply Agreement commitments to implement a climate action plan and to build a vibrant, thriving 21st Century economy.”

“The BC Greens and the BC NDP committed to meeting our legislated 2050 commitment of 80% reduction of GHGs,” said Weaver. “Given that we are presently emitting about 64 megatons per year then this means we must reduce to 12.8 Megatons per year by 2050. But a single major LNG facility would produce about 10 megatons per year and you don’t build such a facility today to tear it down tomorrow. This means that emissions from all sectors other than the single LNG facility would have to be 2.8 Megatons per year by 2050 – a 96% reduction from present-day numbers. This translates to shutting down all major emitters, no longer using natural gas for heating, closing all landfills, and 100% electrification of all transportation. That is not possible.”

With files from The Globe and Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/john-horgan-aims-to-settle-tensions-with-bc-greens-over-lng-concerns/article37698568/

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