Here are a few nuggets from the Clean Energy Canada report:
- As presently planned, BC's proposed LNG industry would create one tonne of greenhouse gas emissions for each tonne of LNG produced. Elsewhere in the world (Norway and Australia), two LNG plants are in operation, producing about one-third as many emissions per tonne of LNG produced.
- If BC LNG plants were to be built and operated to such standards, each plant that came on-stream would avoid the carbon emissions of two cities the size of Vancouver, each year. The BC government's goal is to have three LNG plants operational by 2020. Without taking steps to reduce the emissions of the industry, BC would be adding the equivalent of six Vancouvers to the province's carbon footprint.
- If the world is to escape truly dangerous climate disruption, two-thirds of all remaining fossil fuels - including natural gas - must remain in the ground.
- Some natural gas deposits are "dirtier" than others. The Horn River deposits of northeastern BC contain 12 percent carbon dioxide. The Montney Shale deposits contain one percent carbon dioxide. BC has no requirement for capture and storage of any well-head CO2 - so the gas is vented, driving climate change.
- BC's "cold climate advantage" (supposedly meaning less electricity will be required to cool the natural gas to LNG) would make a relatively small reduction (six percent) in the greenhouse gas emissions of production.
To be a "climate leader," BC must take its role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions seriously, and not sidestep the massive contribution that the proposed LNG industry would make. Read what the World Meteorological Organization says about methane, carbon dioxide, and climate change.