Friday, October 29, 2010

A National Energy Strategy

Canada has been called an energy giant, or as Stephen Harper likes to put it, an "energy superpower." However, with Canadians still remembering the National Energy Policy from he 80's, thirty years ago yesterday, no party is willing to propose a policy to help manage the resources that we've got. It is not just a provincial responsibility. There should be at least a Ministry of Energy to manage the development, import and export of energy. Energy demand will continue to rise in the future. It's time to get over the NEP and propose a new plan to make smart energy choices for the future.
A decent first step for Ottawa would be creating a department that integrates energy and environment, similar to what Britain has done with its Department of Energy and Climate Change. Today the two departments in Ottawa with nominal responsibility -- Environment and Natural Resources -- are at each other's throats, ensuring stasis on oil sands policy.
Read more at the Ottawa Citizen.

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