I met with NPA City Councillor Melissa De Genova to discuss Vision Vancouver's Renewable City Plan which calls for an end to natural gas and all fossil fuel use within the city by 2050.
Watch as Councillor De Genova explains that despite a 20+ strong communications staff at City Hall, she still doesn’t have the details of the plan to share with concerned residents who are calling her with questions.
As she explains, local industries, businesses and in particular, the restaurant industry who rely on natural gas, will have a hard time adapting if they’re forced to go electric. This will also impact families who may be required to remove their furnaces when renovating their homes.
We’re also concerned that BC could follow the path of Ontario where they have seen a three fold increase in hydro-rates due to similar strategies to avoid fossil fuel forms of energy.
De Genova, probably correctly, accuses Vision Vancouver of living in a bubble and not understanding the impact that higher energy rates could have on are already expensive city.
It’s also hard to miss the hypocrisy of these environmental policies when there is no vocal support for the expansion of hydro-electric capacity in the form of the Site C dam.