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December 12, 2018 | British Columbia has an Opportunity to Gin from Slow Global Shift to a Lower GHG Future

Stewart Muir is founder and executive director of the Resource Works Society, a Vancouver-based group open to participation by British Columbians from all walks of life who are concerned about their future economic opportunities. He is an author, journalist and historian with experience on three continents including a financial editor of The Vancouver Sun responsible for mining and markets coverage. Since Resource Works was established in 2014, the group has gained international recognition for its practical approach to the public challenges of responsible natural resource development and use.

The results of the CleanBC plan, should they be achieved, will have “zero effect” on the level, pattern, or growth of global greenhouse gas emissions, states a new commentary from leading business group.

The Business Council of BC comment article, published on Dec. 12, found the CleanBC plan entitled Building a Low Carbon Economy: Industry in Action to be laudable, even if it is inwardly focused.

The plan tackles the climate challenge in pragmatic ways and can leverage BC’s “expertise and natural endowments of energy, raw materials, and other products demanded by the world” said the commentary.

BC’s total annual emissions are equal to two days of emissions from China. There is no point in trimming our own “infinitesimal and statistically irrelevant” GHG emissions if that means depriving the world of the relatively low greenhouse gas building materials, energy resources, minerals and metals, and food products that are exported from British Columbia, said the commentary.

Success will also require avoiding established tendencies to “impose self-inflicted costs, set unrealistic targets, and substitute endless process for action”, states the analysis.

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December 12th, 2018

Posted In: Resource Works

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