All phases of oil and gas production and consumption are bad for the environment. Exploration, drilling, fracking, processing, refining, liquefying, transporting and burning fossil fuels pollutes land, air and water, and emits climate destabilizing greenhouse gases. YCS opposes all new oil and gas development and instead promotes energy conservation and local renewable energy to displace fossil fuels.
Yukon Energy is planning to build a new fossil fuel power plant to generate electricity. The Yukon Conservation Society is deeply concerned because this project is a long-tem (40-year) investment in additional fossil fuel infrastructure while climate science is showing that our society must move ambitiously away from fossil fuel reliance.
Hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' has never taken place in the Yukon and YCS is actively working to ensure it never does.
YCS supports carbon pricing as a mechanism to reduce carbon emissions. Carbon pricing is consistent with the “polluter pays” principle and should be applied fairly, without exemptions for major emitters or certain industries.