This is an excerpt from a two-part post I wrote back in June of 2010, all about the Pacific Carbon Trust and their friends Offsetters Clean Technology :
“I agree, few people in this province will deny the need for industry and commercial business to cut harmful emissions. But after a closer examination of the people and the projects initiated by our premier, it’s clear things are not what they appear to be. There are no strict guidelines and far too many loose ends to ensure that this tax money it being well spent, and in the end, how much has any of it impacted how the majority of industry in BC does business?
It might make good copy, and even better PR for the companies touting their ‘carbon neutrality’, but I’m guessing the only thing Gordon Campbell’s Green Dream has done, is lined the pockets of more than a few industrious businessmen in BC – and no one has been the wiser. Sure, buying some carbon offsets might contribute to some great new clean energy or some amazing new industrial mechanism that isn’t firing out some black toxic smoke, but remember this.
Those same carbon offsets are doing nothing to stop the current and ongoing, real-life every day emissions that are happening right now as we speak. On that one point alone, I question all of it. This program is doing nothing to stop, or even really change the way big, powerful polluters are doing business at this very second.
But hey, at least some CEO can say: ” We manage to minimize our tremendous environmental damage by purchasing carbon offsets….” Maybe, just maybe he or she really believes it’s doing some good, but I doubt it. More likely they view offsets as a free pass to commit environmental treachery, sanctioned by the government.
I say, time to call for full and comprehensive, PUBLIC review of all the entire program to see if it has come close to living up to the dream- Campbell’s Green Dream.”
I suggest you read the entire post in full here: http://lailayuile.com/2010/06/18/part-ii-jesus-turned-water-to-wine-but-james-tansey-has-turned-hot-air-into/
And the first post in that duo: http://lailayuile.com/2010/06/17/all-the-same-names-in-all-the-right-places-part-i/
This is an excerpt the long awaited report from Auditor John Doyle, that the Liberal government did not want the public to see, which was finally released today:
Auditor General finds lack of credibility in carbon offset purchases
VICTORIA—According to Auditor General John Doyle’s latest report, titled
An Audit of Carbon Neutral Government, the majority of offsets purchased to meet government’s carbon neutral goal in 2010 were not credible. The audit examined two projects which accounted for nearly 70 percent of the offsets purchased by government to achieve their claim of carbon neutrality: the Darkwoods Forest Carbon project in southeastern B.C. and the Encana Underbalanced Drilling project near Fort Nelson.
“Offsets can only be credible in British Columbia if, among other things, the revenue from their sale is the tipping point in moving forward on a project. It must be an incentive, not a subsidy, for the reduction of GHGs,” said Doyle. “However, neither project was able to demonstrate that the sale of offsets was needed for the project to be implemented.”
Encana’s project was projected to be more financially beneficial to the company than its previous practices, regardless of offset revenue, while the Darkwoods property was acquired without offsets being a critical factor in the decision”
You can read that entire report here in PDF form. http://www.bcauditor.com/pubs/2013/report14/audit-carbon-neutral-government
Now. I don’t often tell you, I told you so… but, I did.
I would even suggest a full forensic audit of this entity.
And we won’t even talk about the fact that Encana’s name pops up yet again….
$647,670.00 in contributions since 2005 to the BC Liberals.
And we certainly won’t mention the former CEO of Encana, Gwyn Morgan, who has been an ardent supporter of the Liberals, and most recently, Christy Clark. http://lailayuile.com/2013/02/11/friends-helping-friends-the-story-of-how-the-bc-liberal-snclavalin-connection-persists-with-christy-clark/
Hmmmm. And I didn’t even get into the political interference involved with the creation and release of this report. Heads should roll. Many of them.
And when people ask me why I want the BC Liberals to go, or what made me create that soon to be updated list of way more than 100 Reasons the BC Liberals should go….
I send them links like this one.