Matt Horne, director of British Columbia Energy Solutions for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to eight B.C. mayors releasing an open letter to leadership candidates asking them to prioritize the transition to a low-carbon economy.
"The mayors' letter demonstrates the breadth of support for continued provincial leadership on climate change and clean energy. It's impressive to see mayors from Dawson Creek to Campbell River to Vancouver agreeing that the province needs to build on the steps already taken.
"These leading communities have made substantial efforts to reduce their climate pollution and attract green jobs. They know as well as anyone that solutions can work for all regions of the province and all sectors of the economy if we get serious about tackling the challenge.
"Hopefully the mayors' statement helps spur the contenders to constructively debate the best ways to build a green economy in British Columbia."
The Pembina Institute is a non-partisan sustainable energy think tank.
For more information, contact:
Director, British Columbia Energy Solutions Program
The Pembina Institute
Phone: 604-874-8558 ext. 223
Background: The signatories of the letter are from the B.C. Mayors Climate Leadership Council, which consists of the mayors from Campbell River, Dawson Creek, Kelowna, the City and Districts of North Vancouver, Prince George, Vancouver and Victoria.