Transition to Green Industries

Answering the question “What is the Green Parties transition plan to move Alberta towards being more Green from an industry stand point? ” from a concerned Albertan.

To answer your question, in summary, there are many steps that we would take in transitioning our energy industry to a cleaner one. The first would be to stop government subsidies for fossil fuels. This could instead be used to invest in renewables and storage technologies and provide appropriate incentives. There are also currently many policy hurdles for potentially viable technologies such as deep well geothermal that need to be addressed and can quickly be done simply by writing the regulations and laws for them – something we would do. The GPA prefers a target of 50% renewable powered grid by 2030 and supports a more decentralized power system minimizing the long-distance transport of energy. This could be achieved by creating more opportunity for cooperatively owned/run renewable energy hubs around the province. We also do support carbon pricing (please see the policy document for further details).

We must also not forget about all of the people who currently have jobs within the fossil fuel industry and who would be affected by this transition. We would help provide education funds and opportunities for all those wanting to transition fields of work. Personally, I would also eventually like to put forward a policy motion to the GPA in support of helping to encourage current energy companies shift to investments into the renewable energy sector.

Again, this is simply a small snippet of what the transition would like under a Green government. If you have anymore questions or would like clarification on something, please feel free to ask!

Thanks again,

Thana Boonlert

Deputy Leader

Comments 1

  • Thana, you said above: “Personally, I would also eventually like to put forward a policy motion to the GPA in support of helping to encourage current energy companies shift to investments into the renewable energy sector”.
    My feeling is that the so-called ‘energy’ companies are fixated on oil & gas. I am involved with a finance and investment company which is finding greater opportunities to invest in renewables – e.g., solar farms in Chile and Ontario. If the money goes where the profitable opportunities are, the fossil fuel industry will die of financial starvation. So take the subsidies away from the fossil fuel industry as you recommend, but invest the ‘carbon tax’ in renewables and *make the investment environment secure for investors, through regulation and policy*. The world will win… ‘Surely, we can do better than this?’

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