Prince Edward Island needs comprehensive energy policy, says Green Party.
On the same day that the storm clouds gathered over Prince Edward Island to herald an unprecedented rain storm that will end up costing the Province millions of dollars, Wes Sheridan was joyfully celebrating the prospect of increased fossil fuel use on PEI.
“This situation is just one more revealing example of the backward attitudes of this government,” said Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker. “There is near unanimity from scientists all over the world that climate change is real and is caused by humanity’s burning of fossil fuels. And models show that direct results will include weather events like the torrential downpour the Maritimes experienced this week. It is hard to imagine any elected official, never mind an energy minister, making such a thoughtless statement.”
But the Green Party is not surprised that a minister of this Liberal administration appears to be so out of touch with reality. One of the pieces of legislation that died when the most recent sitting of the legislature was prematurely abandoned was a plan to gut the Renewable Energy Act. A comprehensive energy policy would include efficiency upgrades, an end to subsidies on fossil fuels, further investment in renewables and a move towards energy self-sufficiency.
“A comprehensive Residential Energy strategy would look at the built infrastructure (80% of which will still be occupied in 2050), start with a formula that would consider the least efficient homes and the income of the occupants and work from there up. A pool of money invested in owner occupied homes would be a long term investment in poverty reduction as well as energy efficiency,” added deputy leader Darcie Lanthier.
Prince Edward Island would benefit enormously from some thoughtful governance including a comprehensive energy policy, where the needs of Islanders, the environment and the economy could be improved with good public policy rather than harmed by the mishmash scattershot of programs currently favoured by the Liberals.