ACTIVIST CLAIM: Council of Canadians and the foreign-funded Wilderness Committee get the City of New Westminster to oppose the Tilbury LNG expansion using misleading information about emissions and safety.
THE FACTS: Tilbury LNG will reduce net global emissions with best in the world Canadian LNG
Here are some facts and sources to have a reasoned conversation about Tilbury LNG:
- One of these groups, The Wilderness Committee, has been a frequent recipient of funding from foreign organizations like the Tides Foundation to target natural resource production.
- Using the very same tool developed by the Pembina Institute that activists us to cite an increase in natural gas wells, Fortis found that Tilbury LNG can reduce global emissions by up to 800,000 tonnes per year.
- Canadian LNG utilizes hydroelectricity as part of the process and is among the lowest emissions intensity LNG in the world. Banning the world’s best LNG from Canada makes no climate sense.
- This independent study found that switching to Canadian LNG can be 62% cleaner than Chinese coal power in a country that represents 28% of total global emissions.
- LNG can reduce GHG emissions in shipping by 27% over the entire lifecycle. LNG can also reduce nitrogen oxides by 95%, particulate matter by 99%,
and sulfur oxides to near zero.
- Tilbury LNG has been in operating safely since 1971 in an industrial part of Delta surrounded by other commercial and agricultural properties, far away from residential areas. The Fraser River Port Authority has also developed strict rules and procedures for navigating the water way for LNG carriers to ensure safety
- Despite anti-gas activists arguing that natural gas is worse than coal, this International Energy Agency analysis concludes that 98% of gas consumed today has a lower lifecycle emissions intensity than coal when used for power or heat. On average, coal-to-gas switching reduces emissions by 50% when producing electricity and by 33% when providing heat.
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