Christy Clark speaks at a pro-LNG rally, says liquefied natural gas can help reduce wildfires.
“Liquefied natural gas can help cut China’s coal consumption and turn the tide against climate change, which is contributing to an early wildfire season” in Northeast B.C., Premier, Christy Clark said in Fort St. John.
For your information, the premier was in the Peace region for a pro-LNG rally, planned weeks before a rash of wildfires forces many people from their homes across northern BC
“This early start to the fire season is alarming for everyone in the province,” Clark told reporters after a speech to LNG supporters from the back of an oilfield crane truck. I know it’s been an immediate, urgent issue for people in the northeast, but if it’s starting this early here, it’s going to start early everywhere in the province.” He said.
“If there’s any argument for exporting LNG and helping fight climate change, surely it is all around us when we see these fires burning out of control.”
“This is the reality we’re facing today as the planet gets warmer,” she continued, saying climate change leads to dry conditions that exacerbate wildfires. “If there’s any argument for exporting LNG and helping fight climate change, surely it is all around us when we see these fires burning out of control.”
“The only way China is not going to build those filthy, belching coal plants is if they have a different fuel to power the country. That has to be LNG,” Clark said in a followup interview. “If everyone who is using coal and oil switched to natural gas today, we would be a third less polluting. In one leap.”
“If we want to be able to slow down the rate of climate change and have fewer fires or at least get stable on that front, we’re going to have to step up our efforts to fight climate change.”
So all in all,
‘LNG is worse than coal over the short term’