Clean energy economy imperative

Herb Nakada makes the case for a clean energy economy in his letter to the editor.


Imagine Premiers saying we’d like to look after your children’s climate future 67 per cent of the time.  Will global 440 ppm of CO2 “capped,” give us a 67 per cent chance to stay below 2 C?

We are at 400 ppm of CO2 now.  Take time for your answer.  Canadian Premiers meet next summer(2014) to create a National Energy Policy.

Imagine Premiers saying we will take care of your children’s climate future 90 per cent of the time.  Will global 400 ppm of CO2 “capped,” give us a 90 per cent chance of stabilizing global temperatures at 2 C?

The Premier’s energy policy, led by Allison Redford, will look after our children’s climate future 0 per cent of the time.  James Hansen says passing 2 C “guarantees” global disaster.  The UN agrees.  Just care for our children’s climate future.

Imagine a global climate energy policy which guarantees 100 per cent of the time, our children’s climate future.  2 C is disastrous.  1.5 C is dangerous.  0.8 C isn’t safe enough.

The International Energy Agency(IEA) warned us on May 1, 2012, that we have five more years “left” to act on a low-carbon energy plan which will keep us from passing 2 C by 2030.

With Harper, 2012/13 has passed exponentially increasing our carbon emissions.  In “2014,” our Premiers will have a high-carbon energy plan…”doubling GHG’s.” We have four years left to plan … to act?

Most scientists say “2017” is enough time to act.  There is a 30 per cent chance we don’t have four more years.  The exact time for “irreversible” global warming isn’t certain.

Canadians need to be thinking … acting through 2017. A stabilized clean energy economy “reducing” GHG’s is a categorical imperative.

We are on the edge of passing the tipping point of no return for global warming.  Guarantee our children’s climate future with a 100 per cent margin of safety. Activate a plan which will return us to 350 ppm of CO2.



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