LETTER: Subsidies and tax credits needed for renewable energy

Reader Michael Jessen says new technologies put clean energy within reach.

The Canadian human family is greater than tar sands oil, liquefied natural gas, and coal exports. New technologies now put an independent clean energy future decidedly within our reach as a province and a nation.

The transition to a clean energy future should be the number one priority of both our provincial and federal governments. Clean energy is a job creator, pure and simple, and will stimulate local, provincial, and national economies.

We must train the next generation of workers to lead this transition to clean energy.  We must make the critical investments needed to rebuild our energy infrastructure to be cleaner, more resilient, and more reliant on renewable fuels.

New financing mechanisms – like green bonds – will need to be utilized to provide the funding for these investments.

We need to prioritize modernizing our electric grid to connect the clean energy sources that will be developed at the neighbourhood level.  We need to replace federal and provincial subsidies for fossil fuels with long-term production and investment tax credits for renewable energies like solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, and tidal. And we need to begin with a realistic price on carbon that returns the fee to citizens so they can make the decision to empower themselves.

Michael Jessen

Citizens’ Climate Lobby