LETTER: I love my heat pump

Reader Diana Van Eyk says the natural gas industry creates too much methane pollution

The federal government just released its strategy to reduce potent methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.

It includes a delay we can’t afford. Since we now know the real climate impact from the industry is much bigger than reported, these regulations need to be stronger and implemented sooner.

Recently researchers discovered that methane emissions from the LNG/fracking sector are at least 2.5 times higher than the government estimates.

This means that the LNG/fracking industry is much dirtier than we’ve been told. This makes LNG the largest source of climate pollution in BC.

Even though the fracking industry intentionally releases methane into the air 24 hours a day, most of these emissions are not being measured, monitored or reported.

Methane is 84 times more potent as a climate pollutant than carbon dioxide and has a relatively short lifespan, so reducing methane emissions will have a quick and major impact on protecting our climate.

I want my tax dollars going into clean energy instead of natural gas.

On a personal note, why not switch to clean tech in your home? I love my heat pump, and am glad to not be supporting the natural gas industry.

Diana van Eyk

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