British Columbia's decision to join the Western Regional Climate Action initiative is a principal part of the Campbell administration's environmental agenda. But this isn't the first time the province has proposed developing a carbon trading system. Back in November 1997, then New Democrat Employment and Investment Minister Dan Miller and Environment, Lands and Parks Minister Cathy McGregor launched "an innovative emission reduction trading pilot project to encourage industry participation in lowering greenhouse gas emissions." That project didn't proceed past the pilot phase. But the man responsible - Warren Bell - is now working as a special advisor with the premier's climate action secretariat.
June 19, 2007