British Columbia’s recently released climate action plan update implies that the policies that once made this province a climate leader are outdated. There’s no doubt some truth in that, and such language is often a sign that a government is showing that it wants to remain ahead of the curve. But this provincial government’s new plan is partial, hesitant and more heel-dragging than a move forward.
As members of the provincial government’s 2008 climate team, we recognize that the world is changing and new action is required. In December, more than 195 countries signed on to the Paris Agreement to limit human-caused climate change to 2 C, with the stretch goal of staying below 1.5 C. In taking on these ambitious but attainable targets, countries took the first step toward ending the fossil-fuel era.
In Paris, B.C. Premier Christy Clark spoke about her province’s leadership on the carbon tax and renewable-energy solutions. Now the government has given up its leadership position by laying out weak and unfunded strategies that will not achieve the goals of the province’s own plan.
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