Thankful for 2018, but hoping for a better 2019

When Northeast B.C. received good news in late 2018, it wasn’t just a positive turn of events for Fort St. John and the Peace Region. The final investment decision to proceed with the LNG Canada project heralds a project of national and global significance.

A flat year for LNG investment worldwide was lifted by the October announcement. As recognition travels far and wide of fully how transformational Canada’s largest ever private investment will be, nevertheless there are strong signs that the NDP-Green alliance in Victoria can barely contain its contempt for anything to do with natural gas and LNG.

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At first blush, that will sound like a puzzling statement. Wasn’t it the NDP-Green alliance that went out of its way to create tax conditions favourable to the LNG Canada approval? It’s true, but what is easy to overlook is the same alliance’s decision in November that would forbid future LNG development. This the government has done by imposing emissions limits so strict that no LNG proposal could possibly meet them. Within days of the government releasing its job-killing Clean BC plan, a prospective LNG project worth $25 billion was killed by Exxon.

The government’s Clean BC plan now counts as the most damaging economic policy ever seen in British Columbia and it is only weeks old. The greatest irony is that crushing LNG hopes will actually do great harm to the planet, a fact that the eco-fanatics running British Columbia are refusing to acknowledge. LNG Canada alone will effectively remove more global emissions than what British Columbia produces. Building three more LNG plants would mean B.C. would be doing more than any other jurisdiction in the world to reduce harmful climate emissions. Sound like a good arrangement? Not to Premier John Horgan.

In a December 20 interview with the Tyee, he stated: “We are now government and we have decided that one plant, LNG Canada, can fit in and we’ve built our plan around that.” Even though practically everyone else in the world recognizes that emissions are a global, not just a local, issue. Not the hardcore ideologies now ruling BC’s future prosperity, or should we say poverty. Any other LNG projects will have to be zero emissions, a standard that would be impossible to meet under current standards. With at least three other project proposals in the works for west coast B.C. exports, it can only be imagined the dismay that the job-killing, pollution-happy Horgan government has unleashed.

For those who understand both the economy and the environment, there is only one realistic hope for 2019: that the Horgan government do the right thing and test its reckless LNG policy with the electorate by calling an early election. The same voters who rejected Horgan’s crooked proportional representation referendum are highly likely to react the same way to his anti-climate climate plan: by saying no.

Have a very Merry Christmas Fort St. John. For those asking if the job of FSJ for LNG is now over, I hope this answers the question. We still have quite a job to do in 2019, which includes voting somebody out in the coming federal election.

– Alan Yu, Founder and Chairman, FSJ for LNG

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