Environmental groups concerned about the use of the green Fund for natural gas

News 19 December, 2017
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    Tuesday, 19 December 2017 13:55

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    QUEBEC – Three environmental organizations fear that the government Couillard invest the amounts for the fight against climate change to support the development of the natural gas.

    Ottawa has recently announced the payment of $ 260 million over five years in Québec city to help support its fight against climate change. The provincial government has decided to allocate more than 50 % of this amount to the green Fund ” that subsidizes, among others, the conversion of equipment of enterprises in natural gas “, according to Greenpeace, Nature Québec and the Regroupement vigilance hydrocarbures Québec (RVHQ).

    “Natural gas delivers gains so marginal that is gobbling up our freedom of manoeuvre is a waste at the expense of solutions that could make a difference,” said Carole Dupuis, general coordinator of the RVHQ, by press release on Tuesday.

    “The choice of subsidising a fossil energy non-renewable such as natural gas to an envelope of climate change is an aberration” for his part, decried Christian Simard, a spokesman for the Nature Quebec.

    The groups gave the example of the extension of a natural gas network, Beauce, Portneuf, and in the MRC des Appalaches, which has been funded in part by the green Fund.

    “So that 15,000 scientists have launched a cry of alarm over the state of the planet, we no longer have the luxury of squandering the funds reserved for the control climate,” said Patrick Bonin of Greenpeace.