Now that he’s won the Conservative leadership race, one of the things that Eric O’Toole must do is enunciate a sensible environmental policy (the second bullet on my recent “wish list”).
According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland: “Canada’s path out of the COVID-19 pandemic is going to be green … [and Minister Freeland said] … “To [the] question about decarbonization as part of our economic plan going forward: Of course, it has to be part of it … [and] … I think all Canadians understand that the restart of our economy needs to be green.”“
According to the Government of Canada, electrical energy is generated like this (was in 2017) ~ remember this is just electrical generation, most cars, trucks, airplanes, ships and trains are powered by petroleum and many homes are heated with natural gas ~
In an ideal world that chart should look more like this by about 2050:
Canada is rich in hydroelectric power, but we should not be damming any more rivers and thereby destroying the natural ecosystems upon which vital plant animal life depends. We should wean ourselves off oil, gas and, especially coal fired electrical power. Solar and wind power are nice … but expensive and unreliable. But electrical use should grow, especially in the transportation sector as electrical vehicles ~ automobiles, buses, trucks, trains, ships and even aircraft ~ become more practical, more efficient and cheaper. The answer to going green is simple: affordable, clean, reliable and safe Canadian nuclear power.
Late last year the premiers of Ontario, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan announced plans to collaborate on making more and better use of nuclear energy. If the national government was serious about fighting global warming ~ rather than just jetting around the world to be seen attending lavish conferences with celebrities from the entertainment industry ~ it would be joining this collaboration and encourage other provinces, even Alberta, to join, too.
According to the International Atomic Energy Association, a United Nations agency: France gets 70% of its electricity from nuclear energy; Finland and Sweden get almost 35% each; and South Korea and Switzerland each get around 25% of their electricity from nuclear power plants. Canada needs to catch up. But activists and politicians are fascinated by expensive, unreliable solar, tidal and wind power schemes. There is a role for renewable energy, but too much of it, other than tidal power, suffers from some severe cost and reliability issues. Those same and other activists have spread false rumours about the dangers of nuclear power.
Canada has been a world leader in safe, peaceful nuclear power. Canada and the world needs Canadian nuclear technology now, more than ever. Canada needs a new government that can get its head out of its arse and listen to common sense rather than to children.