Rich Coleman and Vaughn Palmer, Voice of BC, Oct 27, 2011
Minister of Energy, Mines and Housing talks to Vaughn Palmer about an array of interesting topics about electricity, natural gas, shale gas, mining, smart meters, carbon neutrality, deferral accounts, BC's GHG.
Some key topics:
- Where all the new energy will come from for LNG terminals, and new mines. Coleman fudges and bluffs, pretending the problem is already solved, and avoiding the point that BC Hydro says it can't deliver;
- Then, undermining the glib answer to the first question, he as much as acknowledges that the problem is not solved as all, that the 93% clean energy requirement is likely to be tossed soon, and natural gas will once again be a permissable fuel for electricity generation in BC;
- Where the eight new mines are that Christy Clark promised. Coleman names eight mines, after saying "They're all over the place." Coal mine in the northeast, five copper mines in the northwest, New Afton, Copper Mountain. On Raven, Coleman acknowledges there is a lot of controversy, and says that people have to recognize the economic opportunities;
- BC's responsibility for carbon emissions, including the carbon releases from coal and natural gas. Coleman acknowledges the issue, and avoids an answer.
Click here to watch the show on Vimeo
(the energy and mining topics start at 21:00 and run to 45:25).