Peter Ladner writes in Business In Vancouver.
You didn’t have to spend long at Globe 2016 to get the message: global politicians, investors and businesses are headed inexorably toward a low-carbon future. Then came two shocking announcements: Canadian Pacific Railway CEO Hunter Harrison saying publicly that fossil fuels are “probably dead,” and the U.K.’s biggest energy lobbying group, Energy UK, long a defender of fossil fuels, campaigning for low-carbon alternatives for the first time.
Meanwhile, back out on our streets, in spite of green plans raining down on us from virtually every municipality, we are still backing up at high speed into an expensive car-dependent future based on a 20th-century paradigm of high-carbon suburban sprawl, megamalls, long commutes, bad air, traffic deaths and injuries and obese kids. Oh, and coal exports. . . .
. . . As things stand now, we’re stalled and tracking for a no-win high-carbon future, even though it may be filled with shiny, safe, shared driverless cars and cool apps.
I might add that the Federal Gov’t also has a low-carbon future in mind, as spelled out explicitly in the Budget speech today.
Meanwhile, our Provincial Gov’t puts it’s Climate Leadership strategy into the hands of a former Fraser Institute director. It’s hard to imagine a more polarized situation.
Effective March 25, 2016:
Fazil Mihlar takes on a new role as the Deputy Minister, Climate Leadership, reporting to the minister of environment. Mihlar will provide dedicated leadership to the Province’s engagement with the public, industry, environmental groups and other levels of government, leading to the creation of British Columbia’s new Climate Leadership Plan.