Energy efficiency is B.C.’s key to kicking fossil fuel economic crutch

By Peter Ladner, Business Vancouver.

The current slump in oil prices is a reminder that surprises are never far away, and that our most fervent beliefs about energy just might need some fracking.

For starters, does it make sense to keep pinning our provincial and federal economic future on oil and gas extraction? Even though the oil and gas industry is still a relatively small piece of the Canadian economy, its spinoff benefits, geographical positioning and corporate and political influence have vaulted it to the top of our political agenda as the place to focus to keep our economy growing.