Re­visit the is­sues; re-eval­u­ate find­ings

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Our premier stated Is­lan­ders must do more to re­duce emis­sions and con­serve re­sources to ad­dress cli­mate con­cerns.

Thir­teen gov­ern­ment build­ings presently are heated by biomass with seven more slated for 2016. Com­bus­tion of biomass creates air pol­lu­tants in the form of car­bon monox­ide. Black car­bon, a pol­lu­tant, can be cre­ated by in­com­plete com­bus­tion of fos­sil fu­els, bio­fu­els and biomass and is pos­si­bly the sec­ond largest con­trib­u­tor to global warm­ing. Biomass takes large tracts of agri­cul­tural land out of food pro­duc­tion, re­duces the car­bon con­trol of forests, and ex­tracts nu­tri­ents from the soil. Why isn’t our gov­ern­ment in­stalling so­lar pan­els in­stead?

As of 2012, 76 per cent of P.E.I.’s en­ergy sup­ply was from im­ported oil. This is oil used to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity and al­most half a bil­lion dol­lars is spent an­nu­ally on this im­ported en­ergy source both by gov­ern­ment as well as home­own­ers who pay their elec­tric­ity bill. In 2012 wind en­ergy ac­counted for roughly 14 per cent of P.E.I.’s en­ergy sup­ply while biomass ac­counted for an­other 10 per cent.

In Baie Verte, N.B., there is a nat­u­ral gas ter­mi­nal at a dis­tance of 45.9 kilo­me­tres from the Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge. Nat­u­ral gas is cost ef­fi­cient and en­vi­ron­men­tally friend­lier, pos­si­bly the clean­est of all fos­sil fu­els and is much cheaper than crude oil. Gov­ern­ment owns provin­cial land in Bor­den-Car­leton. We are go­ing to pur­chase a new $50 mil­lion standby gen­er­a­tor for ad­di­tional power dur­ing power short­ages. Clean up the en­vi­ron­men­tal mess in your land in Bor­den Car­leton and in­stall it there and use liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas to run it. Why have Cavendish and ADL switched to liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas?

Our premier should in­struct his min­is­ter of en­ergy to re­visit th­ese two is­sues and re-eval­u­ate the find­ings. Only then will gov­ern­ment start to ad­dress cli­mate con­cerns con­struc­tively. Gary A. O. MacKay, Birch Hill

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