International experts gathered at the World Wind Energy Conference in Kingston this week have criticized the McGuinty government's multi-billion dollar construction boom, saying its getting in way of developing renewable energy.
Stefan Gsaenger, secretary general of the World Wind Energy Association, said: "I do not see that Ontario at the same time can go with large programs for renewable energy and large programs for nuclear. That's contradicting. You have different supply structures, different investors and different regulatory frameworks."
He's right. While the McGuinty goverment talks lots about renewable power, its energy plan caps the development of renewables and prioritizes the nuclear power.
The McGuinty government has yet to walk the talk on renewable energy.
Is there anything you guys like? omg! I see that nitwit in Alberta and I think, why would you live in such a horrible place?? move! , does he work? where does he get hs funding from.I am all in favour of doing something, but to just stop? our economy would die. I dont get you, and ya know.T he More stunts and airtime you get .I dont listen.which is shame
June 28, 2008 at 12:43
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omg!!! Yes!!! Greenpeace probably does like lots of things. At the top of the list is the planet and its inhabitants.
Take a minute to read about their work; seems to be a healthy mix of pointing out what we're doing wrong to the planet and real viable solutions that might make life here last a little longer without leaving behind a nasty rock floating in space. Check out the efforts of the scientists they work with, compare that to the magic of corporate communications that promise to fix future problems while ignoring their current mess.
Yeah, we may have to give up the fantasies of happy motoring, blind consumerism, and limitless growth but the sooner we smarten up the less harsh those days will be.
As for 'that nitwit', do you think it's possible that he actually really really likes Alberta and would rather not see it destroyed for a few barrels of dirty crude? Read and listen to what he and others have to say, then speak. Parrots can look and sound intelligent but it's really just lifelong conditioning.
The Tar Sands only became economically viable when the price and profits of oil hit the roof. Our economy won't die, just as it wasn't dead before.
Sure, there's gobs of money flowing around parts of Alberta these days but that's happened before. It was a rush then and a rush now. The money is mostly staying inside Alberta in the form of short-term tax relief (at the expense of massively strained infrastructure and future clean-up costs) or being transferred electronically to the healthy bank accounts of foreign firms and investors. Ever growing profits with no real investment or liability for returning the land, air, water, and wildlife to its former state.
Economic activity isn't always good. It's particularly bad when industry, government, and society at large favour private profits drawn from the public purse.
And yeah, it is a shame that you don't bother to 'get Greenpeace'. Come back in a few years when your bubble is crashing in and you then want to do something rather than complacently calling others to 'just stop'. I'm sure Greenpeace will still be working then.
June 29, 2008 at 12:49
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