Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Green energy contrasts

Update (Wed. 11:25 p.m.) below.

There are the federal Conservatives, speaking yesterday:
“Canadians gave our Government a strong mandate to complete our economic recovery and focus on continued job growth,” said Minister Oliver, speaking in Toronto. “Support for clean energy technology is an effective way to both reduce emissions and create high-quality jobs for Canadians.”

“The Harper Government is playing a leadership role in driving innovation in Canada’s clean energy industries,” said MP Gourde, speaking in Quebec City. “Support for the research and development phase through to the demonstration stage is integral to bringing cutting-edge technologies to market.”
Then there's Tim:

A creative video (h/t) that any interested observer of the Ontario election and its green energy politics should see. Hudak's characterization of the Samsung deal comes under fire from some of those who would be affected by his reckless promise to kill it along with the Green Energy Act. If you haven't read it, Tyler Hamilton's June 17th column gives a good overview of the Samsung deal, how it works and how it has been mischaracterized by the PCs.

See also today's news, brought on by said PC political promises: "Ontario Liberals make it harder to cancel green energy programs ahead of election;" "Ontario gives green energy sector ‘stability’ with contract change;" "Ontario Liberals entrench 1,800 renewable power projects."
The Ontario government is taking steps to protect its flagship job creation program by making it more difficult to cancel hundreds of clean-energy projects in various stages of development.

The changes, announced on Tuesday, are aimed at providing stability for renewable energy developers at a time when the opposition parties’ election campaign pledges are creating uncertainty throughout the sector. (Globe)
While I am loathe to give the feds much credit on this file, as they can stand to do much much more on renewables and have an imbalanced approach to a national energy strategy, at least they aren't dumb enough to destabilize an industry with deal-tearing-up irresponsible rhetoric.

Update (Wed. 11:25 p.m.): I stand by the disconnect in the fed/prov rhetoric above. But reiterate my loathing of the feds environmental stance in its entirety: "700 Environment Canada jobs on the chopping block."