May 25th, 2021

Liberal government must clarify plan for Goldboro LNG and climate change targets

HALIFAX - The Liberal government continues to support an LNG plant without a clear plan to address the potential impacts on the province's climate targets.

“There needs to be a clear assessment of the impacts this project could have on our climate targets. There have been calls for a federal environmental assessment and this is an entirely reasonable consideration,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “Nova Scotia needs to continue its legacy of leadership on climate issues and ensure we do our share to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.”

At today’s Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee, Jason Hollett, Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Environment and Climate Change recognized the significance of the recent report from the International Energy Agency. The report calls for significant public investment in clean energy, and no new oil and gas projects.

“Nova Scotia needs a concrete plan to transition to the clean, green jobs of the future. The NDP has introduced legislation to create such a plan and yet the Liberals keep supporting carbon-intense projects that will make it impossible to meet legislated emissions reduction targets,” said Claudia Chender, NDP Business spokesperson. “The Liberal government hasn’t provided an updated climate plan during eight years in government. People deserve something better than a government that pays lip service to action on climate change.”

This spring, the NDP Caucus reintroduced it’s Green Jobs Act, which would ensure the province creates a plan to build local, sustainable, green jobs.