Green energy op­tions

In­vest­ing in so­lar, wind would make Is­land self-re­liant at lower cost

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL - BY REV. GE­ORGE PALA­MAT­TAM Fa­ther Ge­orge Pala­mat­tam is a pas­tor at Holy Redeemer Church, Char­lot­te­town

Re: The opin­ion ar­ti­cle on green energy op­tions by Jamie Larkin in The Guardian, July 16, page A-9.

I am a new res­i­dent Cana­dian in P.E.I. Its land­scape, en­v­i­ron and peo­ple fas­ci­nate me. As a con­cerned citizen of Canada as well as of the world, I am con­cerned about the en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion and I am pas­sion­ate about re­newal energy that is freely and abun­dantly pro­vided by the Cre­ator God.

Af­ter tak­ing a look around the is­land I feel that this is the most suited place for to­tal switch over to green energy. I fully sub­scribe to the views of Jamie Larkin that in­vest­ing in so­lar and wind would make the is­land self-re­liant in energy at a much lower cost to the cit­i­zens and to the en­vi­ron­ment. Maybe we can even gen­er­ate sur­plus to ex­port. In­stead of go­ing fur­ther for mega projects like the 50 mil­lion tur­bines, which are al­ready scat­tered around, we must first fix a date to to­tally elim­i­nate them and in­tro­duce smaller and eco­nom­i­cally vi­able projects scat­tered around the is­land, cater­ing to in­di­vid­ual houses and small com­mu­ni­ties and mak­ing them self-suf­fi­cient in energy and cre­at­ing a net­work of them and shar­ing their ex­cess with oth­ers.

This could be ap­plied for home heat­ing and cool­ing, pump­ing wa­ter, trans­porta­tion, small busi­nesses, or­ganic farm­ing, etc. Larger green projects could be im­ple­mented for larger busi­nesses and es­tab­lish­ments. In trans­porta­tion we can even­tu­ally think about re­duc­ing pri­vately owned trans­port modes and es­tab­lish­ing faster and ef­fi­cient public trans­porta­tion utiliz­ing green energy in­clud­ing a net­work of fast mov­ing elec­tric train/metro ser­vices for the en­tire is­land.

Since ours is a small and vi­able is­land lo­ca­tion a bit of mega think­ing by plan­ners and vi­sion­ar­ies can make our is­land a model for the world at large and ul­ti­mately we could be­come even the fo­cus of the world for en­vi­ron­men­tal projects. I have ob­served in some parts of Ger­many wide­spread green energy ini­tia­tives and read a few things about their ad­vances in this re­gard and their re­solve to elim­i­nate nu­clear energy from the coun­try in the very near fu­ture.

I think our is­land plan­ners, be­fore they add mega fos­sil fuel projects, should make a study tour of Ger­many, get their ad­vice and ex­per­tise and in­cor­po­rate the vi­able al­ter­na­tives and fix a fi­nal date to ban­ish fos­sil fuel com­pletely from Prince Ed­ward Is­land. It is doable. What we need is a po­lit­i­cal will and enough guts to re­sist the fos­sil fuel lobby.

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