B.C. native leaders oppose Clean Energy Act

Low flows below dams killed thousands of salmon on the Klamath in 2002

CBC News

The B.C. government is pushing ahead with its Clean Energy Act despite strong objections from First Nations groups, raising the possibility of escalating conflict between the two sides.

The proposed act clears the way for dozens of independent power projects as well as the huge Site C dam on the Peace River in northeastern B.C., exempting many from review by the B.C. Utilities Commission.

Area farmers, First Nations and environmental groups say the proposed Site C project will destroy prime agricultural land, and many say much of the power from Site C is destined for export.

On Wednesday aboriginal leaders asked the government to delay passing the act to allow more consultation. But just hours later, debate on the act resumed in the legislature.

Energy Minister Blair Lekstrom said the bill promotes energy self-sufficiency, independent power production and will lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. He also said the consultation process has been completed.

“I think everybody had good opportunity to participate in the process,” said Lekstrom. “The Green Energy Advisory Task Force certainly had First Nations representation on that. We thought that was very important.”

But Stewart Phillip, grand chief of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, warns of trouble ahead.

“We are deeply and gravely concerned about the Campbell government riding roughshod over the legal duty to consult with us and everything that represents and we’re heading down the road towards further conflict and confrontations.”

Now with passage of the Clean Energy Act just days away, Phillip warns of conflict and confrontation, both in the courts and on the land.


3 thoughts on “B.C. native leaders oppose Clean Energy Act

  1. McGuinty has “coached” Campbell well.

    Campbell has watched Ontario swallow the Green Energy Act for a year now and will use all the devious and misleading strategies to make BC taxpayers take this Dictatorial edict like they should, the same as Ontario taxpayers have!

    The “wheels of the corrupt” are in full motion !

    Maybe “twinning” with BC would be a good start………..

    A good place to start would be to write the following Independent News organization: http://thetyee.ca/

  2. When we are talking about “Clean Energy” and “Green Energy” and Carbon Reduction we should realize that we are talking about ideology.


    I urge everyone to read the transcript of a BBC program at the link provided. The you will be able to understand the rationale for the “Green Energy Act.


    “I was making a speech to nearly 200
    really hard core, deep environmentalists and I played a little thought game on them. I said imagine I am the carbon fairy and I wave a magic wand. We can get rid of all the carbon in the atmosphere, take it down to two hundred fifty parts per million and I will ensure
    with my little magic wand that we do not go above two degrees of [] warming… ”

    So what do Green energy Supporters say to that? Read the transcript…

  3. The small amount of anthropogenic carbon put into the atmosphere should have been the first clue that even if people cut their carbon output most likely carbon will rise or decline independently. Carbon reduction from anthropogenic sources is a wasted effort and not worth discussing further. The impact of industrial wind to the environmental landscape, for no energy gains, is also a wasted effort. The damming of rivers at the cost of fish and fish habitat, flooding of lands and the poisoning of the remaining fish flesh with higher mercury levels makes one realize there has to be a better way. The only parts showing that the BBC speakers are close to reality or that they care is the item on nuclear. People have this false belief that damming rivers and carpeting the land with industrial wind turbines will supply them with unlimited energy. This belief can only be kept alive as long as there is nuclear, coal and gas to pump out the energy to the level needed. Isolate the dams or industrial wind complexes on their own and the limitations of renewable would become clear. Gasoline generators would become popular, regardless of the impact to the environment. Many people who lived through the ice storm have them already just in case.

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