December 5, 2018
GREENS PRAISE CUT IN OIL PRODUCTION, WANT MORATORIUM
CALGARY – The recent decision to cut oil production has occasioned praise from the Green Party of Alberta. “This is a step in the right direction, “says party leader, Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes.
“While grateful for the move, it appears this is just a temporary economic directive. It is not comforting that the logic being espoused publicly behind this measure is a lack of pipelines. Given the imperative of the recent United Nations climate report that highlighted the need to cut emissions, we need to be doing substantially more,” stated Chagnon-Greyeyes.
Specifically, the Green Party of Alberta would place a moratorium on development of additional tar sands projects until the impacts of existing and approved projects on the environment, infrastructure and society are assessed and an overall development policy is created. However, “the Premier’s decision exhibits an improved balance of economic considerations and resource moderation.”
“We stand with the people of Alberta who believe no new expansion of the oil sands should be pursued and who wish to diversify our economy through badly-needed investment in solar, wind, and geo-thermal energy. Our oil dependence is outdated and unnecessary, “says Chagnon-Greyeyes, who is the Green Party of Alberta Nominated Candidate in the riding of Calgary – Varsity.
The Green Party contends that if provincial governments had made value-added investments to produce oil in Alberta, the provincial treasury would not be as susceptible to jarring fluctuations in world oil prices.
The move towards train transport is also fraught with concerns, says Chagnon-Greyeyes. “There are considerations which the rail systems are facing today, including capacity overload, shortage of skilled workers and worker fatigue. The dangers of rail transport increase with demand, increasing CO2 diesel emissions, environmental, and community concerns.”
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Leader, Green Party of Alberta and 2019 GPA Nominated Candidate in Calgary – Varsity