Things we are not supposed to speak of when it comes to the new LNG deal in BC…
After catching up on todays LNG pressers during lunch, I’m left shaking my head once again at how things are spun as only politicians can spin them. I only have a bit of time, so I’ll get right to it.
- Once again, BC politicians, along with Trudeau, appealed to public common sense claiming a global obligation, that this LNG addresses:
” Trudeau said providing Asia with natural gas will help many countries kick their coal habit, and shows Canada’s commitment to combatting the problem of climate change by driving down emissions world wide.
“Climate change knows no borders, and as we reduce and replace coal plants around the world, LNG, done properly, done responsibly, here in British Columbia and across western Canada, that’s good news for all of us,” he said.
“These are the kind of steps we need to take to demonstrate that we are thoughtful about where the world is going and that we are doing it responsibly. And that Canada is a part of it.”
Even worse, BC politicians not limited to the BC Liberals this time, repeated this, all the while knowing that BC exports a substantial amount of American thermal coal to Asia… every single day…!
So let me see if I have this right….
BC has a global & moral obligation to export LNG, to reduce emissions from coal plants in China and other parts of Asia…( thermal coal is bad)…but it’s ok for BC to keep exporting massive trainloads of US thermal coal to Asia so they can burn it for power and heat, which is what LNG is supposed to be saving them from in the first place?
( Can you ask your MLA’s how this works exactly? Is there an offset program for this or something??)
Trudeau: ” We must help the world get off thermal coal.”
Me: ” Then maybe we should stop exporting it!”
If BC is still continuing a growth in thermal coal exports to Asia when this lng is up and running, what will they claim then?
According to this article, thermal coal exports generate $100 million annually, employ 100 people and generate $12 million in taxes annually for Westshore Terminals alone ( I don’t have time to dig the figures for Ridley), so until the feds ban dirty thermal US coal exports to Asia, shipped out of BC ports, quit pretending LNG is making BC the good guy globally. IT’S NOT. This is about jobs, and about getting something done Clark could not, but rest assured the only reason it got done at all was because of the massive subsidies given by both governments.
The NDP claim they will be able to meet climate targets, but I have to wonder about the numbers now…since we are now apparently considering the reduction in emissions LNG might one day bring overseas…. can we please include the increase in emissions we are currently contributing as a province and country, from those dirty US thermal coal exports out of BC terminals?? ( just asking for a friend)
Do we have an obligation on global emissions? Yes. But politicians don’t get to put on a concerned look on TV pretending we are saving the world with LNG, all while hoping you don’t know, or don’t find out about how much thermal coal we export that is being burned overseas as we speak.
But hey, we all get something too. We will all get to pay higher BC Hydro bills to cover the escalating cost of Site C, which – if it doesn’t fall in upon itself first – will supply the Kitimat facility with Super Amazing BC electricity at a rate that is less than half of what residential customers pay right now… I can’t help but wonder how many residents will switch back to gas as a cheaper alternative to pricey electric heat in winters?
” BC Hydro industrial rate ($54/ megawatt-hour) for grid electricity service to LNG facilities. (This rate is half the current $110/ MWh residential rate, well below BC Hydro’s $120/ MWh marginal cost of new electricity from Site C and below its breakeven average rate of around $90/ MWh. Giving power away for half-price will make residential customers foot the bill via future BC Hydro rate increases – lest BC Hydro slide further into debt “ ~ https://richardhughes.ca/john-horgans-6-billion-lng-giveaway-to-shell/