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There must be a balance between economic and environmental goals to ensure a viable society.Because of our miniscule size in relation to the world population,and our precarious financial position I feel the NDP government is placing to much emphasis on the environmental aspect.
I want to be environmentally prudent but I do not want to be economically penalized in relation to the rest of the world.
I don’t think that the government has given enough thought to the importation of power from Quebec.Could it be blinded by it’s investment in wind power with Daewoo or the hope of wheeling power from Muskrat Falls?
This reduction policy is to big/expensive for the Prov. to handle and should be a national iniative.We can’t afford the legacy costs of closing coal burning plants or the eventual decommisioning of windmills.
Incidentally,how big is a ton of carbon in cubic feet?
Bill Fenton | October 17, 2011 | Reply
Bill, you wrote: “Reducing greenhouse gas is an important goal, but not so urgent…” When you start from a position that we have time to wait for our environment’s continued destruction before we really need to act, you have already lost sight of the forest for the trees.
I have two children (11-year-old and a 5-year-old) who I fear will not recognize their province and planet when they are my age. The time for action was about 15-20 years ago, when both the Mulroney and Chretien governments recognized the urgency but, unfortunately, failed to take the necessary steps to address the issue. You should look up then-environment minister Lucien Bouchard’s statements on the issue. In 1989, he said, ”When environmental considerations conflict with economic considerations, environmental considerations will prevail.” Too bad he had so many other issues going on. He could have been Canada’s finest environment minister ever.
I wish the NS gov’t had the intestinal fortitude to implement a BC-style carbon tax or, perhaps, nationalize (I don’t think we can say “provincialize”) NS Power.
If any of our political leaders wanted to take either (or both) of those positions, I would line up behind them faster than you can sustainable energy!
Shawn Cleary | October 17, 2011 | Reply
Shawn thank you for your comment. Where we differ appears to be your feeling that environmental goals need to be implemented regardless of economic consequences . I believe that doing so will not reduce environemental consequences, it will just displace them to a different jurisdiction. Pursuing environmental goals in a way that is economically viable will keep jobs in Nova Scotia and be better for the environment, in particular gHG emissions.
Bill | October 17, 2011 | Reply
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