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B.C. unveils emissions cap-and-trade act

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Another exercise in “optics”. ( Bill 18-2008, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Cap and Trade) Act has
been introduced into the legislature:  As long as the Province continues its pursuit of the Gateway in defiance of reason and logic there is no point in this kind of strategy. While the Minister of Transport and the Premier continue to say in public that building roads reduces congestion, there is still no mention of any similar project that has had this effect – other than in the very short term. New capacity always fills up, the number of car trips increases as does their length. And the prospects of any smart growth or transit oriented development fades off into the distant future.

Campbell and Company could now back away from the Gateway and port expansion, as the recession in the US is even being admitted by the Fed. Container traffic across the Pacific has already declined, and the US is becoming increasingly protectionist, even to the extent of turning back Canadians with valid TN visas at the border crossings. The idea that the US ports will allow us to take their trade from them is laughable. At the same time, global warming and ice sheet melting is accelerating – meaning the North West Passage will be open sooner and longer, and providing a cheaper and more direct route to the US MidWest. The new Panama Canal will also provide a better route to the US South and East Coast. We never “needed” the Gateway – it has very little economic benefit to this region and is far outweighed by the negative effects on us and our natural environment. Though of course you could not tell that from the useless Environmental Assessment process which simply ignored any effects it didn’t like.

But you can bet the Gordo will still be boasting his green credentials if he gets to cut the tape on the Port Mann Bridge. I hope that if it does get built his name gets put on it. So future generations will always be reminded who was responsible for the white elephants they have been lumbered with.

Written by Stephen Rees

April 4, 2008 at 9:32 am

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  1. Campbell & Co.’s ‘green’ politics is all smoke and mirrors, there is nothing ‘green’ about it. Sadly the media keep reporting ‘feel good’ transit related stories, or pretending that BC is world class.

    Gateway is a massive waste of money, better spent on viable transit projects. Campbell and Falcon have missed a golden moment with both RAV and Gateway.

    With RAV, all the government has proven is that anyone can build a subway, if one throws enough money at it.

    Gateway, in an age of global warming, just shows how hypocritical and short sighted the provincial government is.

    Campbell’s government is so out of touch with reality, that one thinks he has really understood the problems, let alone the solutions.

    All our transit projects amount to are, copying L.A.’s freeway madness and trying to imitate Hong Kong. 20 years from now, people will just shake their heads at this governments ineptitude.

    Malcolm J.

    April 4, 2008 at 5:11 pm

  2. cap and scam——last year a pulp mill in port mellon switched to coal power their emissions went up 40%–gordo gave all companies a heads up that cap and trade was coming!—-so most companies have inflated their emissions,making it easy to reduce –the game is on! watch for the shadow companies (subsiduaries) to be buying emissions from each other— cap is fine –but trade, yikes!– can you say–ASSET BACKED EMISSION SECURITIES! signed…………………………………………..johnny appleseed

    grant g

    April 6, 2008 at 8:45 am

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