BC premier rolls out sweeping climate change plan

Continuing his recent U-turn on the >environment BC premier Gordon Campbell has just announced a sweeping new plan to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emissions coming from BC.

B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell laid out more details of his green plan Friday, including the promise of legislation to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 33 per cent below current levels by 2020.

During a highly anticipated speech at the Union of B.C. Municipalities annual meeting in Vancouver, Campbell said a specially appointed climate action team will look at how that target will be reached.

Further legislation will be passed to make B.C. the first province in Canada to legally cap greenhouse gas emissions, using an undisclosed carbon trading system, said Campbell.

For transit, the premier also pledged an additional $50 million this year for BC Transit to purchase new “clean diesel” buses, matching a similar pledge made earlier in the morning by federal Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day.

The most encouraging part of the new plan is that BC will put a hard cap on the total amount of CO2. Its is a promising plan, but without more details it is impossible to determine if this legislation will be implemented in an effective way.

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