ideas on climate action Mon 14/09/2015 10:59 AM To: Climate Leadership Plan ENV:EX; ... Hello Climate Action Team! Thanks for all your efforts in offering guidance to the BC government. I sincerely hope that government takes your recommendations seriously. I want to offer my support for the submissions to the team put forward recently by Sierra Club BC and the Pembina Institute. Specifically, I suggest that BC: 1. formally and explicitly include an assessment of downstream (and especially end use) GHG emissions in the environmental assessment process. BC should also call on the federal government to include such an assessment in its own EA process, as well as those processes carried out autonomously by federally designated agencies such as port authorities. 2. restart annual increases in the groundbreaking carbon tax, at the rate of $10 per year. The application of the carbon tax should be expanded to include any process (i.e. cement industry) and fugitive (i.e. natural gas processing) emissions not currently covered. Any further increases in carbon tax revenue should be split between i) a rebate for low income BC'ers and ii) local emission reduction and green energy projects, with an emphasis on public transportation infrastructure. I would also suggest that the BC government delegate appropriate powers to levy funds for public transit infrastructure to Metro Vancouver/Translink, and fundamentally revise the governance structure at Translink so that our region can properly fund and administer an effective and efficient regional transportation system. The current arrangement is untenable. Finally, as a good faith gesture, I suggest government rescind its unilateral declaration that natural gas is a "clean fuel" for the purpose of LNG production. This self serving gesture makes it hard to take their interest in climate action seriously. Thank you for giving my ideas your consideration. Voters Taking Action on Climate Change.