VANCOUVER — Merran Smith, executive director of Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the federal government’s approval of the proposed Pacific NorthWest liquified natural gas (LNG) project:
“Approving this project is inconsistent with the federal government’s commitments to lead on climate change and clean innovation.
“The conditions that come with this approval set the bar too low. Ottawa should have required Pacific NorthWest to run on clean electricity and use available technology to reduce its carbon pollution by more than 40 per cent. If this project is built as currently approved, it will be one of the single biggest sources of carbon pollution in the country.
“Bottom line, this decision is not in the best interests of Canadians or British Columbians. Approving this project does not unlock the kind of innovation, jobs and clean growth that will drive Canada’s economic prosperity in the years ahead.
“Despite this approval, there is no guarantee that Pacific NorthWest will be built. As the cost of renewable energy continues to fall, it is increasingly uncertain that LNG exports can compete in Asian markets.”