Member’s Statement: Shale Gas and Climate Change

Mr. Coon: After listening to the debate on fracking for shale gas yesterday, I was amazed that our climate crisis was never mentioned. The recent severe weather that we have had in New Brunswick and, in fact, across Canada and throughout North America is a reminder that we are in a time of rapid climate change. That is why the world is in Peru trying to forge an agreement to avoid the most disastrous impacts of climate change for our children and their children.

The age of the ever-increasing production and consumption of fossil fuels is coming to an end. In New Brunswick, we have to focus our economic development efforts in the energy sectors and on the abundant opportunities presented by the imperative to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, like energy efficiency, the smart grid, tapping into our abundant sources of renewable energy, as well as focusing on public transportation and on green buildings. Thank you.

Member`s Statement: Shale Gas and Climate Change

Friday December 12, 2014

David Coon, Fredericton South MLA

Leader of the Green Party