BC can meet energy needs, reduce GHGs — but we need a major shift
The latest study from our Climate Justice Project is both cautionary and hopeful. The study warns that mining, oil and gas corporations are putting increasingly large demands on BC’s hydroelectricity system, and BC households and small businesses face steep rate increases to pay for this industry demand. In exchange, these industries create very few jobs (only 1% of BC's employment) and a great deal of pollution.
But the study — Clean Electricity, Conservation and Climate Justice in BC: Meeting Our Energy Needs in a Zero-Carbon Future — presents a positive alternative vision. Authors John Calvert and Marc Lee argue that BC is capable of meeting future energy needs and reducing GHGs at the same time.