BC taxpayers subsidize EnCana Corporation

All public bodies in BC, including schools and hospitals are required to pay carbon offsets if they are not carbon neutral. These offsets are paid to the BC Crown Corporation the Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT). On the PCT website are a number of projects that benefit private companies. Encana is just one of them. Encana will likely receive a subsidy to the tune of $20 million. it is puzzling how the government finds it appropriate to funnel money from schools and hospitals that do not have the funds to provide green retrofits to their own institutions to pay for upgrades to private companies. Read more in the Tyee and the Times Colonist.

For a list of Pacific Carbon Trust projects click here. 

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