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LNG: A dirty secret on the west coast
British Columbia's government tries to paint liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a better alternative to other dirty fossil fuels. Over and over we hear the same refrain: "LNG is clean energy. LNG will help Asia shift away from coal. LNG will be good for the climate."
Nothing could be further from the truth. Taking lifetime greenhouse gas emissions into account, BC's LNG is some of the dirtiest fuel on the planet. In some cases, LNG may even be worse than coal for the climate.
Right now, British Columbia is planning to build an LNG industry that could rival the climate impact of the Alberta tar sands.
At the 2015 UN climate conference in Paris, Canada joined other nations in committing to try to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. To meet the vision set out in the international agreement, more than 80 per cent of our remaining fossil fuels must stay in the ground.
The LNG industry is incompatible with a safe climate – and in this report, you'll see why it's a pipe dream that we cannot afford.