THE GLOBE AND MAIL – B.C. LNG could reduce emissions overseas – if it’s done correctly

JAMES COLEMAN AND SARAH JORDAAN
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 5:00AM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 5:33AM EDT

James Coleman and Sarah Jordaan are co-authors of the C.D. Howe Institute study Clearing the Air: How Canadian LNG Exports Could Help Meet World Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals.

With a glut of North American natural gas, the future of Canada’s gas industry could hinge on the success of exports of liquefied natural gas from the West Coast.

As the federal government assesses the environmental impact of these exports, one of the biggest public controversies has been how LNG exports will impact global greenhouse gas emissions. This question is crucial for businesses, too: If greater use of LNG is inconsistent with global goals for reducing GHG emissions, LNG projects could prove to be risky long-term investments.

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