Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Demand for Climate Action Mounts in BC

A recent poll indicates that 82% of British Columbians think the province should pass mandatory emissions targets. Doubly thorny for the BC government is that the same poll found that 68% of citizens were opposed the government's plan to construct two new coal fired power plants.

Adding to this pressure, a prominent Anglican leader has spoken out urging the BC Liberals to set binding provincial targets to reduce greenhouse gases. The call to action came from a letter addressed to Premier Gordon Campbell from Rev. Michael Ingham, Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster, which includes the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and Fraser Valley.

"We believe the targets must be based on the best possible science in terms of what is required to stabilize the climate, and do not believe that so-called 'intensity' targets can replace the need for absolute reductions in B.C.'s emissions"

Words of true wisdom....and it's not the first time Rev. Ingham has taken the lead on a progressive issue. In 2002, he became the first Anglican bishop in the country to permit the blessing of same-sex couples in church. In throwing his support behind strict co2 caps, he is now pushing a Liberal government who are already under pressure to act on climate change.

Meanwhile, rumours persist that they will announce new action in the province's upcoming energy plan, which Campbell promises will "deal directly" with the issue. More to come.

5 comments:

kitimat said...

Thats awesome! Lets hope Campbell doesn't forward a provincial version of the "Clean Air Act". We need meaningful targets.

The Campbell gov't REQUIRES BC Hydro to develop the "least expensive" forms of power generation. As a result these coal fired plants will be using 100 year old technology. Unless we can sequester their GHG emmissions, they should never be built.

Kiltman said...

I have the greatest respect for Bishop Michael.

He speaks for many 'real thinkers' in British Columbia.

Kiltman said...

I have the utmost respect for Bishop Michael.

He speaks for many 'real thinkers' in British Columbia.

Kiltman said...

Hear - hear - for Michael Ingham

Kiltman said...

Hear - hear - for Michael Ingham