By Jenny Uechi, Published in National Observer
BC NDP leader John Horgan has promised that if his party wins the provincial election in May, he will put B.C. on a course for reduced carbon emissions and give rebate cheques to the public to offset carbon tax increases.
“We’ve got a problem here in British Columbia when it comes to climate pollution,” Horgan said at a news conference on Thursday in downtown Vancouver.
The Official Opposition leader said carbon pollution in B.C. has been rising under the government of Premier Christy Clark, and that carbon pollution in the province is forecasted to increase 32 per cent by 2030 due to to a projected increase in oil and gas development, including liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Environmental advocate and York University adjunct professor Tzeporah Berman, who was on Clark’s Climate Leadership Team, suggested that the BC NDP’s plan showed the strong commitment to climate that is currently lacking in the BC Liberal government. Berman was among those who strongly criticized Clark for releasing a climate plan in 2016 that they argued was not designed to reduce global warming pollution for at least a decade.