December 04, 2017

UPDATE: What does the agreement between Fortis BC and Vancouver mean for natural gas prices?

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

We raised the alarm about Mayor Gregor Robertson’s bad idea of trying to ban natural gas use in the City of Vancouver, but now I have an update that raises the question of whether the move could hit our pocket books even harder. 

The question is, did British Columbia’s natural gas supplier jump on board or endorse the Mayor’s war against reliable fossil fuels?

The plan is to phase out natural gas use in the city by 2050 and by shifting to electricity which is almost all produced by hydroelectric dams, the city could claim to be 100 per cent renewable.

In late November, Fortis and the City reached a Memorandum of Understanding that sounds good but doesn’t make clear whether natural gas from fracked or traditional wells will be allowed, or if they’ll instead opt for what's referred to as "renewable natural gas".

Watch as I explain what the difference is and why it matters to your pocketbook.

The concern is whether or not BC will be adopting the kind of policy that could result in energy poverty as we’ve seen in Ontario where hydro rates are costing some families more than their rent or mortgage.

Vancouver is expensive enough and we don't need to increase the cost of something that is actually affordable.

And ultimately, does the increased cost of using renewable natural gas actually benefit the air quality, the environment, and the fight against climate change?

Or does it simply make life more expensive for thousands of families while only making a marginal difference to local pollution and the fight against climate change?

Vancouver's renewable city strategy for 2050 contributes to the affordability crisis, but when it comes to the cult of climate and the office of Mayor Robertson, affordability comes second to waging war on cheap reliable fossil fuels.

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commented 2017-12-06 03:43:31 -0500
Rick Plesnik… Not to fret… As I have stated many times before, I’m sure that Mayor Moonbeam has those Star Trek “dilithium crystals” already in his back pocket… Not to fret…
commented 2017-12-05 16:35:53 -0500
So Vancouver is to be completely electric by 2050? Would this be with or without the Site C dam project? Any bets the Communist team of Horgan and Weaver in Victoria will have sold off BC Hydro to Fortis by then?
commented 2017-12-05 11:58:34 -0500
I see the Door-Knob-Mayor is at it again…
Anyone who knows how to cook – and I don’t mean adding heat and water to commercially processed foods – or who cooks for a living, will tell you, you cannot cook properly or correctly on electric! Gas is the way to go – heat-on – heat-off. In fact you’re better off with a wood stove or even coals from a wood fire, than electric.
Your restaurant and tourism industry will go…along with the gas when the Door-Knob-Mayor is done.
To quote my favorite wascally wabbit: “Engh, what a maroon…”
…unless the destruction is planned – like it seems to be everywhere else in Canada these days.
commented 2017-12-05 10:42:32 -0500
Thanks WILSON for the warning .
These ponytail politics will drive the people into the interior and burn wood
commented 2017-12-05 09:48:05 -0500
CO2 is not pollution. Period. I expect better reporting from the Rebel
commented 2017-12-05 08:50:33 -0500
Much of what the government does in the energy field is done in the name of climate change. But it’s a target that keeps moving. Every flood, drought, cold snap or heat wave, to a leftie is proof of climate change. It’s time to nail them down. What is the ideal number of weather events? I want to know how many storms are permissible, how many heat wave acceptable etc. In other words, when will we know we have won the battle against climate change, because if they tell us it’s ‘weather events’, we are going to be having them for as long as we live.
commented 2017-12-05 03:27:26 -0500
The simple answer to that question is:- Greater Vancouver has obviously been sold to the whims of Chinese interests while hundreds of years of Peace River cheap natural gas stays in the ground…
commented 2017-12-04 20:11:16 -0500
I thought Gregor and Justin were friends? This energy poverty hurts the middle class and those trying hard to join it.
More $ goes out in heating fuel thanks to this newly proposed carbon tax (call it whatever you want, but it’s a gov’t created expense: a tax).
But that’s the global Marxism Justin and his Libranos have been pushing. Take from the “middle class” and give to the welfare poor in the name of climate change, because the poor will just get an increase in their welfare checks to pay for their heat – a double whammy to the taxpayer.
The rich folk (like Trust Fund Justin) can afford the increases, and the poorest of the poor don’t have to pay it. That leaves the dwindling middle class.
What happens when the taxpaying middle class is gone?
With corporations leaving Canada’s high-tax environment, what happens when they’re gone too?
Can you say…Venezuela?