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.