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Letter: Looking forward to BC meeting climate targets for 2030, 2050

To The Editor:

Re: Throne speech outlines clear path to more affordable living (February 12, 2018)

This week’s throne speech put forth several promising commitments aimed at jumpstarting climate action in B.C. In particular, the government’s pledge to introduce a new and improved climate strategy later this year is welcome news.

We are hopeful Premier John Horgan’s government will take decisive action to rein in the carbon pollution doing damage to the climate. Let’s plug the gaping holes in 2016’s climate plan.

The government has resolved to protect jobs and economic competitiveness as it strengthens B.C.’s carbon tax. A stronger price on carbon pollution is a key step toward securing a prosperous economy, safe communities, and healthy families for today’s and tomorrow’s generations.

We look forward to seeing the government’s roadmap to meeting B.C.’s climate targets for 2030 and 2050. This entails a transition away from climate-polluting oil and gas, and harnessing clean electricity to power and heat more and more of our industry, transportation, and buildings.

Karen Tam Wu

Acting B.C. director, Pembina Institute