Vancouver provides a good example of what life would look like in all of British Columbia under a BC NDP provincial government.
Mayor Gregor Robertson and council want the city to be the greenest in the world by 2020 and they’ll stop at nothing to get there – even if it makes citizens poorer and doesn’t significantly reduce emissions.
They’ll be instituting a ban on natural gas in new buildings as of May 1st of this year and also oppose pipeline projects like Trans Mountain.
Those who think like Robertson oppose pipelines and other projects that could provide the very fuel - natural gas - that would reduce China’s coal emissions by up to 50% having more of an impact than banning natural gas in Vancouver.
Switching to natural gas from coal helped the U.S. reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Add in the benefits natural gas development would bring to the entire Canadian economy, and it’s a no-brainer to get these projects up and running.
Besides, what’s going to replace natural gas? Likely hydro, except Council won’t endorse Site C either, which would add more hydro to the grid in anticipation of an uptick in usage now that new builds can't use natural gas.
Councillor Andrea Reimer has publicly opposed both LNG and Site C, so what’s it going to be? Clean energy from Site C or LNG that will help reduce emissions for the world’s largest polluter? Both are good options but Vancouver City Council can’t get their story straight.
Gregor Robertson was an NDP MLA and they’re all intertwined in a tangled web that’s difficult to unravel.
Make no mistake, Mayor Robertson’s goals are also the goals of the BC NDP. He was, and is, one of them.