Media Release – Keeping: We need to get off the single-minded obsession with oil and gas

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

August 20, 2015

KEEPING: WE NEED TO GET OFF THE SINGLE-MINDED OBSESSION WITH OIL & GAS

CALGARY – The Green Party candidate in the September 3rd provincial by-election in Calgary – Foothills says it is high time the province moves beyond its fixation with oil and gas and diversifies its economic base. Janet Keeping, who’s also the Leader of the Green Party of Alberta, says the focus on one industry is killing the economy.

Janet Keeping is the Leader of the Green Party of Alberta

Janet Keeping is the Leader of the Green Party of Alberta

“With each passing day, the situation becomes worse for Albertans,” says Keeping. “Once again we see our economy subject to price fluctuations over which we have no control.  To make matters worse, the resource itself (bitumen) is highly problematic environmentally, we’ve allowed it to be developed recklessly and have not yet cleaned it up as we need to.”

“We have to stop putting all of our eggs in the oil and gas basket. We can have a mixed economy consisting of economic generators such as the arts, value-added agriculture, small-scale manufacturing, the best possible education and health systems and clean energy. There is lots of economic potential for Albertans in renewable energy.”

The Green Party leader believes now is the time to finally move Alberta’s economy into the 21st century. “We are in danger of missing the clean energy boat. To avoid this calamity we need to provide government support for small start-ups and job creation in geothermal, wind and solar energy. The potential of each is huge. There are many opportunities to put out-of-work engineers, designers and geologists to work in the clean, renewable energy sector which meets the needs of the 21st century and beyond,” says Keeping.

By voting Green on September 3rd, Calgary-Foothills residents can take an important step towards satisfying Albertans’ desire for economic diversification. “We don’t have to be held hostage by oil and gas. Fossil fuels have received huge subsidies over time as well as all other types of government support, including political leaders’ time and energy. As the prospective MLA for Calgary – Foothills, I pledge to push the government to support other economic generators, and in particular, renewable energy initiatives. These supports may include modest grants but, crucially, would include policies and laws that enable their development. For example, we need a proper legal regime for investment in and development of geothermal energy in our province.”

 

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For more information, please contact:

Janet Keeping

Leader of the Green Party of Alberta and

Candidate for the 2015 Calgary – Foothills by-election

email: leader@greenpartyofalberta.ca

Phone: 403.383.1356

janet4foothills.ca

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