The days of tension over balancing economic growth and environmental protection are over, reports the Calgary Herald.
The newly developed Canadian national energy strategy, which was agreed upon last Friday by Canada’s premiers, will encourage the transition to a lower carbon economy, while providing the foundation for provinces and territories to enhance the energy sector. “This is an issue of a strong economy and strong environmental protection and those two things are not mutually exclusive,” said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. “In fact, they must be complementary. And that is, for me, that’s the foundational work of this document.”
Some initial concerns from Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, who wanted to see greater emphasis placed on the economic value of the Canadian oil and gas sector, were resolved by a chapter in the strategy that focuses on energy self-sufficiency and adding value to exports.
Ultimately, the strategy allows Canadian provinces and territories to create economic growth and utilize their lucrative resources, while ensuring that development is environmentally responsible. B.C. Premier Christy Clark remarked: “Canadians want jobs. Canadians want economic growth. The only way to do that is to get to yes on development of all kinds, but the only way we can get to yes and guarantee that those jobs will be created is if we can assure Canadians that we are doing it in an environmentally sound and responsible way. And that is ultimately the benefit for Canadians out of the energy strategy in my view.”
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