Green energy options
Investing in solar, wind would make Island self-reliant at lower cost
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.