B.C. and Victoria’s energy choices are soaked in hypocrisy

Times Colonist - - Comment -

One of­ten hears from Victoria about the pro­gres­sive agenda es­poused from this oth­er­wise at­trac­tive city. It is most man­i­fest in the New Demo­cratic Party gov­ern­ment of John Hor­gan and his Green Party co­horts.

They talk a good line, as does the largest city in the prov­ince, Van­cou­ver. But their pro­gres­sive talk is not fol­lowed up with great ac­tion.

Take the most glar­ing ex­am­ple: The coal ter­mi­nal near Delta. It re­ceives coal from the In­te­rior by rail­way and the coal is then shipped over­seas to the fe­ro­cious coal ap­petites of China and In­dia.

A $40 bil­lion fos­sil fuel plant is be­ing built at Kiti­mat.

The prov­ince, in one of the most stupid court cases ever un­der­taken by a prov­ince, tried to usurp fed­eral power re­gard­ing the Trans Moun­tain oil pipeline, only to be quashed by the B.C. Court of Ap­peal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

This prov­ince speaks of those non-eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­ment-de­stroy­ing so­lar and wind al­ter­na­tives for power, and all things non-fos­sil. Sus­tain­abil­ity is drip­ping all over the place. It even has a car­bon tax.

Yet, here we are with an LNG plant on the coast, coal mines in the In­te­rior and the largest coal port in North Amer­ica just south of so­cial­ist, al­ter­na­tive energy Van­cou­ver.

Victoria is not to be out­done. Victoria tore down a statue of the coun­try’s first prime min­is­ter, Sir John A. Mac­don­ald, his­tory be damned.

But what re­ally caught my eye was an ar­ti­cle in the July 28 Times Colonist laud­ing a re­cent con­tract com­pleted at the Point Hope Ship­yard: A 231-tonne coal stacker for Nep­tune Ter­mi­nals (another coal ex­porter) in North Van­cou­ver. Steel-mak­ing coal is shipped to Europe and Asia from Nep­tune.

The stacker cre­ated more than 150 full­time jobs over the past 18 months.

It boasts a height of 30 me­tres and a boom of 47 me­tres. To­tal eco­nomic im­pact of $23.6 mil­lion.

The prob­lem is that Victoria coun­cil passed the Victoria 3.0 Eco­nomic Ac­tion Plan in May.

One of the things ref­er­enced in the plan was: “The ac­tions laid out in the plan will build an econ­omy that en­ables ev­ery­one to flour­ish and that will set Victoria on a path to low-car­bon pros­per­ity.”

See, you can’t make this stuff up — and you don’t have to .

It’s all there in black. Black as coal, that is, and soaked in hypocrisy.

Brian Peck­ford Parksville

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