2010-01-28

Carbon offset market providing opportunity

After reading your Jan. 22 editorial it is clear that I need to set the record straight about how carbon markets work. Developing a homegrown carbon offset market will not only help transition this province into the emerging low-carbon economy, but it is already providing British Columbians with green jobs, innovations and new technologies.

People in Prince George are first-hand witnesses to the impacts of climate change. They have seen erratic weather cause a record number of wildfires, more ice jams and flooding on the Fraser and the Nechako rivers and a worsening of the mountain pine beetle epidemic. It is clear that the combustion of high-carbon fossil fuels is part of the problem.

The question is how to transition to a low-carbon economy?