Today, Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell released a booklet to "inform global markets and consumers about B.C. forests and how they produce renewable, climate-friendly products that sequester carbon." That booklet also "highlights forest industry accomplishments with respect to climate change." which is all well and good. But let's not forget this booklet does exactly what the industry wanted government to do. Back in February, International Forest Products Ltd. vice president Ric Slaco delivered a presentation to a Campbell administration climate action meeting. And during that presentation, he argued "Climate Change represents opportunity to revitalize and reposition forest industry." And he urged urged government to "profile forests and forest products as important carbon sinks," "put BC's practices in a world context" and expand "international market development activites."
September 25, 2008