LETTER: Waking up with LNG

Reader Ron Robinson criticizes the provincial government for not stepping away from fossil fuels.

A public school science student understands that even if you only pee in your corner of the pool, it will eventually reach all corners of the pool. Perhaps Premier Christy Clark and Finance Minister Mike de Jong missed that class.

If you haven’t noticed, the planet is in a crisis that has been accelerated by human generated green house gases (GHG). Given all the evidence from intelligent peer reviewed scientists and climate data collected over the last 100 years, there seems to be agreement that climate change is our new reality.

How can the Government of British Columbia even consider participating in the creation of an infrastructure to produce fossil fuels? It does not matter in which corner of the global pool that LNG is produced or consumed. We are all in the same pool.

At a time when we need clear leadership that will help in the transition toward energy sources that are renewable and “green,” what constructive role is currently being played by Minister de Jong and Premier Clark on behalf of the people of British Columbia? This is bigger than a quick fix for the current electorate, this is about the “big pool” — planet Earth.

Quite obviously, our current economic models and thinking do not work, otherwise we would not be having this discussion — we are now in the time of the “Big Think.” How do we want to design our future, when we still have that option; rather than a future that has happened based on earlier poor decisions? We are all in the same pool and in serious need of a global lifeguard.

Ron Robinson

Nelson

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