Christy Clark appoints LNG industry leader to B.C.'s new Climate Leadership Team

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      The B.C. government's new Climate Leadership Team doesn't include executives from Enbridge and Kinder Morgan, which are companies that want to build new pipelines from the tar sands to the B.C. coast.

      But one of the team's members is a representative of the liquefied natural gas industry, which is also working on pipeline projects around the province.

      David Keane, president of the B.C. LNG Alliance, previously held senior roles with BG Canada, Dynegy, Apache Corp., and Conoco, all energy companies with major interests in fossil fuels.

      According to a provincial news release, the Climate Leadership Team is expected to, among other things, recommend in October "updates to the current Climate Action Plan as well as new programs and policies required to meet B.C.'s greenhouse gas reduction targets while maintaining strong economic growth and successfully implementing the BC Jobs Plan, including the liquefied natural gas strategy".

      In March 2016, a final Climate Leadership Plan is slated to be released by the government.

      "We're taking the next step in climate leadership by engaging with British Columbians on new climate actions to support a growing economy," Premier Christy Clark stated in the release. "The Climate Leadership Team brings together leaders from the business, academic and environmental communities, as well as First Nations and local governments, to consider the best actions to keep us on track toward meeting our greenhouse gas reduction targets. Thank you to the team members for accepting the challenge of helping B.C. develop our new Climate Leadership Plan."

      Here's the full list of Climate Leadership Team members and special advisors released by the province:

      Climate Leadership Team Members

      British Columbia Government

      * Mike Bernier, chair of the Climate Leadership Team, Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Literacy and the Environment for the Minister of Environment, and MLA for Peace River South

      * Jordan Sturdy, deputy chair of the Climate Leadership Team, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky

      * Susanna Laaksonen-Craig, head, Climate Action Secretariat


      * Tom Pedersen, executive director, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

      * Nancy Olewiler, professor, School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University

      * James Tansey, associate professor at UBC Sauder School of Business, and CEO and co-founder of Offsetters

      Community Interests

      * Paul Ives, mayor of the Town of Comox

      * Luke Strimbold, mayor of the Village of Burns Lake

      * Linda Hepner, mayor of the City of Surrey

      Business Interests

      * James Gorman, president and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries, and, from May 19, vice president of corporate and government relations for West Fraser

      * Greg McDougall, CEO, Harbour Air

      * Tim Newton, former vice president of strategic planning with Powerex, and director of Columbia Power

      * David Keane, president, BC LNG Alliance

      Environmental Interests

      * Merran Smith, executive director, Clean Energy Canada and fellow, Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue

      * Matt Horne, associate regional director for British Columbia, Pembina Institute

      * Tzeporah Berman, strategic advisor on clean energy, oilsands and pipelines, and former co-director of Greenpeace International's Global Climate and Energy Program

      First Nations

      * Chief Ian Campbell, Squamish First Nation

      * Chief Zach Parker, Ulkatcho First Nation

      * Chief Michelle Edwards, Cayoose Creek Indian Band

      Special Advisors to the Climate Leadership Team

      * John Robinson, associate provost for sustainability, and professor at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia

      * Les MacLaren, assistant deputy minister, B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines

      * Mary Sjostrom, former mayor of Quesnel, and past president of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities

      * Jock Finlayson, executive vice president and chief policy officer, Business Council of British Columbia



      Decent team actually

      May 12, 2015 at 5:14pm

      The headline makes it sound way worse that it actually is, when you consider the full list. In fact the list is much more well-rounded than I might have expected, as the people on that list I'm familiar with (Berman and Robinson, for example) are pretty strong environmentalists and are definitely serious about climate change. It's not the end of the world to include a small number of industry reps as well.


      May 12, 2015 at 7:46pm

      How about adding Professor Wade Davis to the crew..? Much more useful and trustworthy. Interesting that the title is climate leadership as poised to climate change. So backwards and misleading this government. Anything to support LNG which is a fossil fuel dependent industry is an absolute sham to any kind of climate "leadership". We need to get off fossil fuels. Period.

      James Blatchford

      May 13, 2015 at 6:21am

      I question whether this group will have a full-on in-person meeting before Christmas. Show us the minutes, Christy!

      Bill Jones

      May 13, 2015 at 8:33am

      Note no representatives from the British Columbia's Engineering community, the only ones qualified to tell us how to deal with climate issues.

      China run by engineers is doing something about climate change - the west run by folks with arts degrees - absolutely nothing but yak.

      Meanwhile the corrupt politician stuffs his pockets with Big Oil lolly and 7 million die annually needlessly from the air pollution. WHo cares anyway?

      Richard S.

      May 13, 2015 at 9:35am

      Mike Bernier is listed as "Parliamentary Secretary for Energy L:literacy and the Environment". This contradictory title says it all about the BC Liberal government.

      Boris Moris

      May 13, 2015 at 9:49pm

      This BC ConLib ClusterFudge describes Tzeporah Berman as a "strategic advisor on clean energy, oil sands and pipelines".
      This implies that she has experience helping companies develop strategies to overcome public resistance to environmentally dangerous resource extraction and transport.

      Quelle surprise!!! The "Queen of Green" selling out for bitumen bucks. I'm so (not) shocked.

      Boris Moris

      May 13, 2015 at 10:10pm

      None of the FN reps on this lame greenwashing clusterfuck are from Northern BC. Can you guess why?

      the pope

      May 14, 2015 at 8:34pm

      People liquified natural gas is as bad for the atmosphere as gasoline...They are both carbon fuels....

      Earl Richards

      May 15, 2015 at 5:40am

      Putting Keane on the Climate Leadership Team is like having the fox guard the hen house.

      Paul Magnus

      May 16, 2015 at 6:54pm

      "We're taking the next step in climate leadership by engaging with British Columbians on new climate actions to support a growing economy,"

      Obviously not aware that #climate is a full blown emergency!