It’s well known that our Federal and BC governments are hostile to oil and gas, but what’s incomprehensible is why they oppose the low carbon, clean, renewable energy from the Site C hydroelectric dam currently under construction in Fort St. John.
That’s why at a press conference in Vancouver last week, I tried asking the Federal Minister of Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, how her government feels hydro-electricity projects fit into the overall fight against climate change.
McKenna's attempts to make this about nicknames or tone policing aside, it was a fair question given the government's push to reduce emissions, and loud complaints from environmentalists about impacts of Site C.
During the BC election campaign, John Horgan promised that should he become Premier, he would send Site C for review to the BC Utilities Commission.
This past week, BCUC released its 300 page report and the findings aren’t good for the future of this project.
Yet, scientists who support the project aren’t convinced that the report was presented without bias or with the correct factual analysis.
Watch as I share the report findings with you and look at the three potential outcomes the commission studied.
It seems this report not only ignores major implications of climate change policy being implemented at all three levels of government, but also relies heavily on input from foreign funded environmentalists.
If climate change truly is the "greatest" or at least "one of the greatest” threats of our time, shouldn't a legitimate question about the role of hydro electricity in fighting that threat have been taken seriously?
We think so, and so do BC residents whose lives are directly impacted by the fate of the Site C dam.