Who will pay for BC's climate costs? Big Oil must pay its fair share

Flooding, drought and wildfires made worse by climate change are real threats to BC communities. Our local, provincial and federal governments are increasingly spending hundreds of millions of dollars preparing for climate impacts with costly measures — including improved coastal flood defences, wildfire risk reduction, upgraded stormwater systems and more.

A growing number of British Columbians are demanding that the fossil fuel industry pay its fair share of these escalating climate costs.

Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and 17 other global fossil fuel companies have caused almost 30% of the greenhouse gas pollution in the global atmosphere. They have made billions of dollars selling products that degrade our atmosphere, while fighting to delay climate action. If we can make them pay for the harm caused by their products, they will also have an incentive to work towards a more sustainable future.

The BC government is developing a provincial climate plan, to help reduce fossil fuel emissions while protecting British Columbians from climate impacts. But why should taxpayers shoulder 100% of the costs of fighting and preparing for climate change? Join us in calling on the BC government to pursue all options, including legal action, to recover the costs of preparing for climate change from global fossil fuel polluters.
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