In 2011 4RG presented a petition to the House of Commons proposing that the Federal Government take the lead in formulating a national policy on renewable energy. Joe Oliver, the Minister of Natural Resources, responded in a memo full of platitudes that was little more than a press release talking about all the wonderful qualities of Conservative Government policy. The whole story can be read at our blog The Feds short change renewable energy!
Two years later little has happened on the renewable energy front. We must develop renewable energy as an essential component of a policy to de-carbonize our economy in the brief window of opportunity still open to us.
So we are back on the trail of Minister Oliver who does not seem well informed about the risks of global warming. This time our petition strategy is directed to both the Federal and Ontario Government. Our petition notes:
The President of the United States of America has recognized the vital importance of renewable energy and stated in his Inaugural Address of January 28, 2013:
“The path toward sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition. We must lead it.”
The Government of Canada, the Provincial Governments and the Territories, represented by their respective Ministers responsible for Energy, meet annually to formulate common policy on questions of energy, (the Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference (EMMC Conference).
Our request of the Ontario Legislature is presented in the following terms:
Therefore your petitioners request the Legislative Assembly to ask the Government of Ontario to submit the subject of a national policy on renewable energy for consideration at the August 2013 EMMC Conference and exercise leadership in developing this policy in conjunction with the Government of Canada and other Provinces and the Territories, and report to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario after this Conference on steps to be taken to develop a policy for Renewable Energy in Canada.
A similar petition has been delivered to Mauril Belanger, MP for Ottawa Center to be submitted to the House of Commons.
We will keep our supporters in the picture as these petitions are considered by these two legislative bodies.