GLOBE AND MAIL – Natural gas is a key piece of Canada’s climate puzzle, at home and abroad

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Tim McMillan is chief executive officer of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

As part of the Paris climate treaty, Canada has signalled its collective commitment to do its part to tackle global climate change. This is no small task. But it’s doable, and natural gas has a strategic role to play for the long term.

It will require realistic, achievable solutions at home at the provincial and federal levels. It will also require our industry to continue its focus on continuous environmental performance improvement. And we can take action globally by exporting some of our abundant energy, produced under one of the most stringent regulatory systems in the world, to countries that need it. Here’s how.

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ALASKA HIGHWAY NEWS – Yu: LNG could turn federal government’s red ink into black

Alan Yu / Alaska Highway News
April 6, 2016 09:49 AM

The federal budget released March 22 painted a dim picture of Canada’s financial health. With minimal oil and gas production, Canada will be $30 billion in the red. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. No balanced budget in sight.

But what if Ottawa approves two big and one small LNG plant today? An LNG industry in B.C. would create new markets for Canada’s natural gas, generating income and jobs for governments and citizens. It would also reduce global greenhouse gases (GHG) if used as a substitute for coal, bunker fuel and diesel, even if we consider the added GHG these LNG plants would generate.

What if Ottawa approves just three of the 21 proposals vying to be a part of Canada’s LNG industry? What would be the impact on the economy and the labour market? After all, these three LNG plants would require that Northeast B.C. produce an additional five billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas, approximately double the 2014 production.

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VANCITY BUZZ – Opinion: LNG is real, it’s here, it’s clean – so let’s get on with saying yes

VANCOUVER SUN – Harvard economist throws support behind natural gas

By Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun March 3, 2016

North America should export ‘as much LNG as possible’ to help combat climate change

In a call that is sure to be music to the ears of B.C. premier Christy Clark and those in the energy industry, Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter on Thursday said it’s time to get on with LNG exports to help combat climate change.

“It’s good for the world. It’s good for China. It’s good for lots of other people in the world who really care about climate. We should be exporting as much LNG as possible,” Porter told the Globe conference in Vancouver.

Porter, an economist at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard, made a case that natural gas is a crucial bridge to getting to a world fuelled by renewable energy such as wind and solar.

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