Harper wrong to support false energy solutions and underfund green economy



    MONTREAL, Jan. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Greenpeace today condemned the Harper
government for giving as much as $750 million dollars to nuclear energy and
carbon capture and storage instead of investing those funds in the green
economy Canada needs for the future.
    "The Harper government's millions to dangerous nuclear energy and the
pipe dream of carbon capture and storage are an environmental travesty and an
unnecessary burden to taxpayers, said Dave Martin, Greenpeace climate and
energy coordinator. These false solutions to our energy problems don't deserve
subsidies, green energy does."
    The Harper government's budget is a miserable failure at seizing a golden
opportunity to provide long-term investment for a green economy. The
government promised to create the 'jobs of tomorrow' in the Throne Speech
yesterday, it failed to deliver.

    
    Greenpeace and other Canadian environmental groups gave the Harper
government a wealth of ideas for building a green economy, including:

    - provide significant, long-term investment in energy efficiency programs
    - invest sufficient funds to retrofit our homes and businesses to high
      standards of energy efficiency,
    - inject a massive increase in support into public transit, and
    - kick start an Energy Revolution with a huge increase in green energy.
    

    A budget with significant green stimulus plans would have created new,
long-term green jobs and helped nurture innovation and the manufacturing of
green technology.
    "Canadians should consider the bleak future this government's budget will
create for their children," said Martin. "The green future that our children
need will only come from a government with the vision to develop a green
economy."
    The Harper government's budget shows it doesn't know how to lead in an
economic crisis and take advantage of an opportunity to build a green economy
for Canada. The Obama administration has demonstrated such leadership,
announcing more than $50 billion for clean energy. Greenpeace has publicly
praised the Obama green initiative.
    The Harper budget also fails to contribute to the fight against global
warming. The Harper government has ignored Canada's target for reducing
greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. The target of the Harper
government would reduce emissions only three per cent below 1990 levels by
2020. Greenpeace and others call for a minimum reduction of 25 per cent by
2020.




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For further information: Brian Blomme, Media and Public Relations
Coordinator, (416) 930-9055; Dave Martin, Climate and Energy Coordinator,
(416) 627-5004

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