B.C. is among provinces – including Quebec and Ontario – that are taking a lead on climate change in Canada, says a report by the environmental group David Suzuki Foundation.
However, the report, All Over the MAP 2012: A Comparison of Provincial Climate Change Plans, says that B.C.’s rating went down because it has not followed through on its ambitious climate action plan to address emissions from oil and gas companies.
“The report shows that stronger leadership from the provinces is crucial given the lack of effort from the federal government,” said David Suzuki Foundation climate change specialist Ian Bruce.
“Applying the best policies and practices of the provinces on a national scale would benefit human health and the environment, and would also provide a level playing field for businesses,” noted Bruce.
B.C. has an ambitious goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 33 per cent by 2020 from 2007 levels.
The province has introduced a tax on carbon emissions from all fuels including gasoline, diesel, propane and natural gas.
That tax, the only of its kind in North America, rises to $30 per tonne of carbon this July.
The province was also meant to implement a cap on industrial emissions coupled with an emission credit trading mechanism this year as part of Western Climate Initiative in the western U.S. and Canada.
Source: Vancouver Sun, by Gordon Hoekstra