Adding fuel to the fire

LNG is a fossil fuel that consists almost entirely of methane, which is 84–87 times more potent at warming the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

Woodfibre LNG claims that exporting LNG will reduce emissions in Asia by displacing coal-powered electricity, but a recent analysis shows that the life-cycle emissions from BC's LNG are worse than coal.

Studies also show there is no way to guarantee that LNG will replace coal as an energy source in the importing jurisdiction, and the industry acknowledges that LNG is in direct competition with renewable energy.

To make things worse, methane emissions from fossil fuel extraction are 25–40% higher than previously estimated and B.C. is underreporting fugitive methane emissions.

Both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency have called on world governments to immediately stop investments in and approvals of new oil and gas projects to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

We need to cancel the permits for new fossil fuel infrastructure like Woodfibre LNG that will lock in climate pollution for decades, and quickly transition to safe and reliable renewable energy.

Comparison of greenhouse gas emissions for the entire community of Squamish versus local emissions from the proposed FortisBC pipeline / compressor station and Woodfibre LNG projects.

Net zero is not zero

Woodfibre LNG’s “Roadmap to net zero” only focuses on local emissions, ignoring upstream emissions from fracking, production, and processing the gas; and downstream emissions from shipping, regasification, and final consumption; not to mention the fugitive methane leaking into the atmosphere at every step.

To electrify its LNG facility and fracking operations, Woodfibre LNG would need 40% of the electricity from Site C dam. This risks diverting B.C's limited energy supply to greenwash LNG production, which will reduce the electricity available to decarbonize buildings and transportation.

Woodfibre LNG’s roadmap also relies on unproven technologies like carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS); and carbon credits, which have been exposed as greenwashing.

This makes Woodfibre LNG’s net zero plans “largely meaningless.”


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