LNG means a lot to First Nations

Re: “An ef­fec­tive cli­mate plan must be bold and can’t in­clude LNG,” com­ment, Dec. 4

Times Colonist - - Comment - Karen Ogen-Toews CEO, First Nations LNG Al­liance

So the Sierra Club thinks an ef­fec­tive B.C. cli­mate plan can’t in­clude liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas.

They have missed the point that by re­duc­ing green­house-gas emis­sions in Asia, re­plac­ing coal to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity, LNG from B.C. would be part of an ef­fec­tive global cli­mate ben­e­fit.

It’s all very well to say B.C.’s cli­mate goals are not am­bi­tious enough. But if we shut Canada down, 100 per cent, from coast to coast, world GHGs would drop by a mere 1.6 per cent. That would make no se­ri­ous dif­fer­ence, glob­ally, as other coun­tries con­tinue to pro­duce and in­crease emis­sions.

GHGs and cli­mate change know no bor­ders. It’s time to think glob­ally, and rec­og­nize that for ev­ery unit of GHGs that B.C. pro­duces to get our LNG to mar­ket, the over­seas pro­duc­tion of GHGs goes down by a fac­tor of 10.

LNG de­vel­op­ment in B.C. means a lot to First Nations: jobs, ca­reers, train­ing, and revenue to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion and health ser­vices, and to im­prove tragic so­cial and liv­ing con­di­tions.

Canada and its stan­dard of liv­ing ranks sixth in the world, ac­cord­ing to the UN Hu­man De­vel­op­ment In­dex. Ap­ply that in­dex to Canada’s Indige­nous Peo­ples, and it ranks 63rd.

LNG de­vel­op­ment and ex­ports can help close that gap.

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