Climate Change

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Blowing BC's carbon budget.

Greenhouse gas emissions from Woodfibre LNG is the same as adding an extra 18,000 cars to the Sea to Sky highway every day.

  • Squamish produces 88,310 tonnes of CO2 pollution every year (calculations by Carbon Engineering). The local and upstream emissions of  Woodfibre LNG will create 810,000 tonnes of CO2 pollution (calculations by the Pembina Institute). It doesn't matter how much we as individuals reduce our personal emissions when industry is permitted to pollute so much.

  • Woodfibre LNG will produce 810,000 tonnes of carbon pollution every year, which is equivalent to pollution from 170,000 cars (calculations by the Pembina Institute).

  • Canada has experienced about double the average global temperature increase during the past century. Climate change, including temperature increases, tends to be amplified in Canada because we’re a northern country and global warming is magnified at or near the North and South Poles. This intensification in temperature increase near the poles is largely the result of the loss of ice and snow cover.

    The IPCC report has information for Canada by region on temperature increases, precipitation trends, drought possibility, snow cover and more.

  • There is evidence from around the world that natural catastrophes such as floods, storms, drought, heatwaves, fires, and earthquakes are on the rise. This is a serious issue for society, as these catastrophes can destroy homes, disrupt businesses, and take lives. According to TD Bank's Chief Economist, this increase in natural catastrophes is estimated to cost Canadians $5 billion per year by 2020, and $21-$43 billion per year by 2050. Source: TD Economics

  • In 2007 the Provincial government committed to a 33% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and an 80% reduction by 2050 as part of the Green Energy Act. Expanding our LNG exports will double our greenhouse gas emissions, not reduce them.

  • Supporters of the Woodfibre LNG project often claim that China needs our LNG to help them get off coal to improve their air pollution problems and reduce greenhouse gases. The reality is much more complex as BC is also increasing our coal exports to send to China.

    "Around 11.8 million tonnes of the coal leaving Vancouver’s ports is thermal coal mined from sources in the Wyoming harvest bed and shipped to China to be burned in electric power generation facilities. FSD’s 4 million tonne expansion is sourced from the same Wyoming coal-fields, and then transported in uncovered train cars to the Surrey facility where it will be loaded onto barges and shipped to Texada Island.

    There, it will be dumped into open collection piles before filling the cargo holds of ocean-going vessels destined for power generation plants in China." Source: Vancouver Observer

  • According to a new study published in the scientific journal Nature, most of the Earth's fossil fuels will have to be left in the ground if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change. The results suggest that a third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves, and over 80 per cent of current coal reserves should remain unused from 2010 to 2050 in order to meet the 2 °C target to minimize climate change impacts. Policy makers’ instincts to rapidly exploit fossil fuels are inconsistent with their commitments to this temperature limit.

    SOURCE: McGlade & Ekins, 2015, The geographical distribution of fossil fuels unused when limiting global warming to 2 °C