While most of the world is embracing natural gas as a beneficial fuel that reduces air pollution and slows climate change, we can’t overlook voices here at home who say that British Columbia should do everything possible to leave our gas reserves in the ground.
These critics prefer to conjure up a world where wind farms, banks of solar panels and electricity generated through hydroelectric sources magically provide all of society’s energy needs.
Alas, that world does not exist.
In reality, Trudeau government officials say the nation’s natural gas production will increase 22% in coming years, with LNG “an important driver” of that growth.
I have to admit that as a mother of three, watching American documentaries condemning fracking (a method of extracting natural gas from the ground) did cause me concern. But I’ve learned that manufacturing solar panels comes at an environmental cost, as do wind turbines.
Solar panels use quartz, which is refined into metallurgical-grade silicon using giant coal fired furnaces. This work is increasingly being done in China to take advantage of cheap labour and lax environmental regulations.
Wind generators fares little better. The impact on bird life is well known, but did you know wind turbines require coal to be burned and the mining of rare earth minerals by children in developing countries?
Every source of energy production comes with an environmental price.
As for natural gas, fracking has been done safely in Canada’s highly regulated environment for many years.
There are so many good reasons to support natural gas and LNG in B.C. Here are just a few of them that I have verified:
Thanks to its natural gas, British Columbia is building a cleaner, more diversified economy and leading the country in economic growth.
That’s why I have come to the conclusion that so long as good regulations are on the books and enforced, we should all be proud to use and ship natural gas.
It’s the compassionate, responsible thing to do.
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