Employment growth through clean energy.

Create green energy products that will generate both clean power, and steady employment that is largely immune to the boom and bust cycles of the resource economy. Building sufficient wind generation capacity to make Vancouver Island immune from a potential cut in power transmission from the mainland in the event of an earthquake, and to remove the need for fossil fuel power generation in Haida Gwaii could be two such projects. Institute a training program that helps people in the oil, gas, and coal industries retrain for working in the renewables sector. Give tax breaks to companies who provide employment manufacturing clean energy equipment in British Columbia.

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  • Reena Meijer-Drees
    commented 2016-12-06 12:14:21 -0800
    As the Energy Policy lead for the Green Party, I can assure you that this is definitely a focus for us as we hash out the 2017 policy platform! We see smaller power producers as way to foster a green tech industry which can provide jobs outside the Lower Mainland, while increasing our electricity supply. And that is going to be necessary as we transition away from fossil fuels. The site C dam would choke this industry for a few decades, because it would give a huge supply of power that these small producers have a really hard time competing with. The two visions are: cheap power and site C (and no alternative energy supply for years), or slightly more expensive power (less than 5% more on your hydro bill) and a booming alternative energy sector.
  • Stefan Jonsson
    commented 2016-09-23 16:43:46 -0700
    This is such a practical way to transition our economy off fossil fuels and provide new infrastructure to our communities.
  • Stefan Jonsson
    tagged this with Important 2016-09-23 16:43:46 -0700
  • Troy More
    published this page in Make a suggestion 2016-09-23 16:24:27 -0700
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