The Pembina Institute says British Columbia is a climate- change laggard despite its eight-year-old carbon tax on fossil fuels.
The environmental think-tank says in a report that harmful greenhouse gas emissions are projected to rise in B.C., while they drop in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.
Pembina spokeswoman Josha MacNab says B.C.’s carbon tax was a bold and leading climate-change fighting initiative in 2008, but it’s been frozen for the past four years.
The province charges $30 a tonne on carbon emissions, adding up to about seven cents on a litre on gas, for example.
MacNab says B.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions could rise by 39 per cent above 2014 levels by 2030, while in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec they’re projected to decrease by 26 per cent, 22 per cent and 23 per cent respectively over the same period.
B.C. is expected to introduce a new climate-change plan later this month, with initiatives to reduce carbon emissions.
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