CGA Calls BC Carbon Tax a Breakthrough in Addressing Climate Change

    OTTAWA, Feb. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Gas Association (CGA)
commented today on British Columbia's recently announced carbon tax calling it
an important step towards a carbon lean future.
    This week British Columbia introduced a budget that proposes to put a
price on carbon emissions for virtually all fossil fuels sold in B.C. starting
July 1, 2008 in order to achieve their ambitious provincial climate change
    "The budget introduces a well designed transparent policy framework that
recognizes the need to price carbon throughout the economy, sets a clear price
signal and recycles the revenue," said Mike Cleland, President & Chief
Executive Officer at the Canadian Gas Association. "Starting at an affordable
level, ramping up the efforts, and putting a framework in place that allows
every individual, institution and business to make sensible investment
decisions to reduce their carbon footprint is good policy. We also note with
approval the recognition of the potential from renewable sources of gas, such
as waste, which are exempted from the tax."
    CGA believes that a clear economic signal such as the announced approach
in BC is an important foundation for further policy steps to address climate
change. Looking forward, it will be important to ensure that all energy
consumers see the real costs of all of their energy choices; and that adequate
levels of support are in place to help consumers, institutions and businesses
make the needed investments. As well, policy conditions need to be in place to
allow a more integrated approach to the energy system and other infrastructure
that minimizes the full environmental impacts of the energy system.
    "CGA has been working with other stakeholders to encourage governments to
come forward with effective policy aimed at climate change," said Cleland.
"Natural gas and natural gas technologies available today are among the most
cost effective methods of improving efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and
facilitating the introduction of renewable energy sources. CGA looks forward
to working with the British Columbia government in the further evolution of
its climate change strategy".

    The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) is the voice of Canada's natural gas
delivery industry. CGA members are gas distribution companies, transmission
companies, related equipment manufacturers, and other service providers
involved in the delivery of natural gas in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Tonja Leach, Communications Advisor, Canadian
Gas Association, (613) 748-0057 ext. 322, (613) 797-6008

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