In a move eerily similar to Alberta Premier Rachel Notely's Oil Sands Advisory Group, BC Premier John Horgan has established the British Columbia Climate Advisory Panel.
The twenty-two person panel is tasked with ensuring the province meets its climate targets of reducing emissions to 80 per cent below 2007 levels by 2050, and 40 per cent below 2007 levels by 2030.
Environment Minister George Heyman announced the council this week and while I won’t go through the full list of names, it’s instructive to look at a few of the names that will be familiar to British Columbians.
There’s the Mayor of Smithers, Taylor Bachrach, who is essentially the Gregor Robertson of the North; Matt Horne who is in charge of the City of Vancouver's climate policy and the genius behind the upcoming natural gas ban in the city; and Michelle Molnar who works for the radical David Suzuki Foundation.
Watch as I introduce you to council co-chairs:
Merran Smith, executive director of TIDES Canada's Clean Energy Canada think tank, and Marcia Smith, from Vancouver based Teck Resources.
We've seen BC’s Destroyers chase off billions in LNG investment, take a hostile position towards BC aquaculture and salmon farming, and of course they are militantly opposed to the TransMountain pipeline.
And now one can only wonder what further destruction this panel and their recommendations may bring to BC.