This is a pragmatic decision by the Obama administration and should be a wakeup call to our federal government.
The message is clear: from the outcome of the UN Climate Change Summit in Durban to today's decision, climate change is real and major economies worldwide are moving quickly to address this reality.
They are doing this by investing in training and technology to harness renewable energy sources and gain a larger share of the burgeoning market for cleaner technologies and energy.
Canada needs to recognize this profound shift and broaden its singular focus beyond the tar sands, one of the most polluting sources of fossil fuels in the world.
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If the federal government truly wants to strengthen Canada's economy, we should be diversifying our energy production and pursuing safer, cleaner energy sources — one of the fastest growing global industries.
The world's largest economies, including China, other Asian countries and the U.S., are doing this in dramatic ways. That's one reason why the clean energy sector is growing by 30 per cent each year globally.
Our country has massive renewable energy sources. Canada could tap into these to be a renewable energy giant.
Sadly, we risk falling further behind if we continue to focus unduly on outdated, dirty sources of energy.
Please contact Ian Bruce for more information.