Fossil Fuels

The science tells us that 80 per cent of the world’s fossil fuel reserves have to stay in the ground if we are to have any chance to keep global warming under 2⁰C. The exploitation of the tar sands is causing environmental destruction on a mindboggling scale, both where it is dug out of the ground in Alberta and in the form of greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to the acceleration of climate change. Read more about our campaign for climate action in B.C.

Liquefied fracked gas is becoming an increasing problem across British Columbia as our federal and provincial governments try to force through projects that will destroy salmon runs, pollute our climate, and ignore First Nations opposition. There are currently 20 proposed liquefied fracked gas projects proposed for the province.

Here in B.C., our communities, wild spaces and coast are also threatened by Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project. This project would make it impossible for B.C. to meet its current legislated emissions targets, much less the more aggressive targets needed to make a meaningful difference in the fight against climate change.

In fact, did you know that as a BC Hydro ratepayer you are subsidizing projects like the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tankers proposal and Petronas’ liquefied fracked gas plant at Lelu Island? The BC government is offering handouts to the LNG industry in an attempt to lure companies to BC, and it’s us the taxpayers and hydro ratepayers who will be footing the bill. Watch this video to find out how your hydro bill pays for handouts to fossil fuel corporations, read our report and take action to stop the handouts.

Hydro Bill Madness

Your hydro rates will go through the roof so the BC government can give handouts to the fracking industry. TELL YOUR CANDIDATES: we can’t afford the $9 billion Site C dam!

Posted by Sierra Club BC on Monday, March 27, 2017

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Kinder Morgan

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The proposed pipeline would bring another 400 tankers a year, putting salmon rivers and the B.C. coast at much greater risk of catastrophic oil spills.

The Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project would release even more carbon dioxide than Northern Gateway—significantly more than 100 million tonnes annually.

We need to look at the big picture. We should be shifting investment toward energy efficiency and renewable energy, not building new infrastructure to expand the exploitation of the world’s dirtiest oil – Alberta’s tar sands.

Stopping the Kinder Morgan expansion is crucial to shifting Canada’s energy sector away from dependence on fossil fuels and toward economic alternatives that protect communities and slow global warming.

In May 2016, the National Energy Board approved Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers project. The review was a severely flawed process that denied many people a chance to speak up. Prime Minister Trudeau heard our calls for an improved review, and promised B.C. a chance for meaningful public participation. Summer meetings were announced with very little notice and a hastily-organized review was conducted by a three-member federal Ministerial Panel. The panel’s report raised a series of crucial questions for the federal cabinet.

In November 2016, the federal government approved the pipeline, making B.C.—and especially the south coast—a sacrifice zone. In January, the province of B.C. gave its approval. This failure of Premier Christy Clark to stand up for B.C.’s interests was a sell-out and a betrayal. Despite what the Premier says, the 5 conditions for approval have not been met and can never be met.

Sierra Club BC will continue to push for the federal government to make the right decision—for whales, for salmon, for our economy and for our climate. That’s why we’ve relaunched the Pull Together campaign, which was successful in stopping the Enbridge pipeline. In partnership with RAVEN Trust and the Force of Nature Alliance, we’re supporting the Tsleil-Waututh and Coldwater Nations who are in court to overturn the federal approval. By helping to raise funds for First Nations’ legal challenges to Kinder Morgan, we will ensure this pipeline is never built.

Liquefied Fracked Gas

Scientific evidence shows clearly that building liquefied fracked gas plants—what the industry brands as “natural” gas—will spread a destructive web of pipelines, plants, fracking sites, compressor stations, and work camps across British Columbia.

One of the twenty proposed fracked gas plants in B.C.—the Petronas fracked gas plant proposed for Lelu Island—would threaten to wipe out Canada’s second largest salmon run, would be disastrous for our climate, and would trample over First Nations opposition. This plant alone would be responsible for an astonishing 265 million tonnes per year making it impossible for B.C. to meet its current (inadequate) emissions targets.

The declining value of LNG in global markets now undermines any business case for LNG in B.C., and many proposals are being shelved. British Columbia should be putting its resources toward renewable energy and transitioning to a post-carbon economy.

In Spring 2016, more than 11,000 Sierra Club BC supporters sent letters to the federal government Petronas’ fracked gas proposal. In September, the federal government approved the plant, betraying B.C.’s wild salmon and all Canadians who voted for real action on climate change.

This decision is not the end of the story. Petronas says it will review the project to see if it’s financially viable before deciding whether or not to proceed. And First Nations are considering legal challenges.

Sierra Club BC will continue to highlight the dangers posed by Petronas, its incompatibility with decreasing global demand for fossil fuels, and the benefits of the alternatives. We’ll also continue to push for both the federal and provincial governments to include a rigorous climate test in all future environmental assessments, so this kind of climate-killing approval can never happen in the future. In the process, we will help build the case for Petronas to walk away.

Climate Action in B.C.

Our climate is in crisis. Yet federal and provincial environmental assessments ignore the full climate impacts of the projects they review. That’s unacceptable.

That’s why Sierra Club BC is calling for a climate test to be built in environmental assessments, both federally and provincially.

A “climate test” will test proposed energy projects against their impact on our climate. This will involve consideration of the proposals’ emissions, from extraction to transportation to eventual consumption, and whether there are more climate-friendly alternatives. If a proposal doesn’t meet the test, it doesn’t go ahead.

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