by Arthur Caldicott
Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals' energy legacy is a boondoggle of policies, subsidies, and fantastical claims. The 2010 Clean Energy Act brought together a decade of energy initiatives in a single legislative dog's breakfast - delivering blows to the environment, the economy, and the credibility of government.
BC's Bioenergy Strategy is a complex part of the energy strategy. Its dimensions include the types and supply of biofuels, how they can be used, and the economic and ecological impacts. It will reduce BC's greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen competitiveness, achieve electricity self-sufficiency, open new export opportunities, and turn mountain pine beetle (MPB) devastation into an opportunity. World peace may be in there too. Paid for by citizens, profiting private companies.
The government's pie chart shows 87% of BC's biomass coming from the forest - the focus of this article; 53% is from forestry activities; another 34% are the trees killed by MPB.