Kathryn Harrison, a UBC political science professor spoke to Roundhouse Radio for an article about negotiations for a national climate plan.
She said B.C. has played an important role by being the first province to establish a carbon tax at $30/tonne, but said the province could help or hinder the process going forward.
“The unhelpful part is that B.C. is one of the provinces that is seeking to develop fossil fuel exports that will unnecessarily yield significant greenhouse gas emission increases,” she said. “If Canada is going to achieve a 30 per cent reduction by 2030 and at the same time, build new LNG facilities and pipelines that rely on expansion of the tar sands, it means we’re going to have to reduce emissions further everywhere else.”