The British Columbia government is considered a leader on the climate change file, having committed to legally binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. But the government’s historic reliance on revenues from natural resource industries - in particular revenues from the province’s emerging shale gas industry - threaten to completely undermine BC’s ability to lower emissions.
In fact, they will likely result in a dramatic escalation of emissions in the coming years. Ben Parfitt, resource policy analyst with the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, looks at how the 'shale gale' is about to prove one of the most daunting challenges to BC’s climate objectives now and in the coming decades, and what should be done to set the province on a more rational course.
Ben Parfitt is a long-time researcher and writer, specializing in natural resource management issues. He has written numerous, award-winning investigative features for magazines in his former capacity as a journalist and now devotes his energies to resource policy analysis for the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed reports on forest management, water, and energy issues. He is frequently called on to provide comment to media outlets or briefings to government agencies and is regularly asked to do guest lectures on environmental and resource management topics.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: www.policyalternatives.ca
On natural gas in BC: www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/slow-and-easy-will-win-energy-race
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