SaskParty Avoids Clean Energy Boom

Saskatchewan leadership leaves a lot to be desired. Many people here are excited about how “strong” Saskatchewan is, thanks to SaskParty propaganda. We’ve also the strongest carbon air pollution per capita in the world, but few tend to talk about that here. Times are good, they’re good for me, and most of my friends (the ones who’ve not recently lost their jobs, that is). So why don’t I just shut up and enjoy myself? Maybe I do enjoy myself, maybe so much that I have an iota of time and money left over to care about how others are doing too?

Why is over $1.4B of public money going into burning coal, while much less is going into harnessing wind power or our world leading solar resource and wide open spaces? The rest of the world is leaving us in the windy dust.

Global Wind Power Installations Increased by 42 Percent in 2014
March 26, 2015
Growth in China, Germany, and the United States led to a record year for wind installations, report concludes

The world is instead going to regard Saskatchewan as a pollution capital, not an energy capital.

3. SASKATCHEWAN TRAPPED IN THE 19th CENTURY: Absent policy leadership, clean-energy investors are largely giving the province a pass, the Star Phoenix reported. Despite abundant wind and sun, it has “put most of its money behind so-called clean coal.”

So Brad Wall’s SaskParty will brag about low taxes and “equitable” treatment of business (even though that’s not been the case for private e-waste businesses), while the rest of the world regards us as technological laggards. Cutting funding to Saskatchewan’s top universities isn’t going to help with that image either. Maybe I’m biased, because I’m about to own a renewable energy system, and I work at a university. Maybe my expectations for Saskatchewan are too high.

I’m not the only one dreaming.

2 responses to “SaskParty Avoids Clean Energy Boom

  1. “Glennie and Saskatchewan Community Wind have spent the past three years trying to get a wind project off the ground in the province.

    “There also has to be a mind shift in how we view wind energy in this province,”

    Glennie said, adding many view wind energy as just a left-wing, environmental idea.

    Yet jurisdictions from around the world, including many U.S. states near Saskatchewan, are producing up to 30 per cent of their energy from wind.

    The U.S. Department of Energy released a paper recently with a stated goal of having 35 per cent of the U.S.’s electricity produced by wind by 2050.

    Glennie said if Saskatchewan was to get 25 per cent of its energy from wind, it would be equivalent to finding another Weyburn oilfield.

    “Wind energy is a vast economic resource for this province.”
    http://www.leaderpost.com/technology/Report+slams+Boundary+carbon+capture+project/10924084/story.html

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