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We need energy infrastructure in the national interest

By Green Party Leader Elizabeth May      

A key piece of nation-building energy infrastructure is our east-west electricity grid. We need to be able to buy and sell electricity, particularly renewably generated electricity, not only north to south but across Canada. But none of this is happening because we are arguing about spending upwards of $15-billion on buying a 65-year-old pipeline and building a new one.

People, pictured in Burnaby, B.C., on April 7, 2018, protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline. The Kinder Morgan expansion takes us in the wrong direction on climate goals. It is 100 per cent for export of unprocessed material, so it also goes the wrong direction on productivity. By exporting an additional 590,000 barrels of unprocessed bitumen a day, it does not shlep our energy security either, writes Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. Photograph courtesy of Flickr
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In choosing which nation building energy projects should receive government support, ideally we should begin by developing a consensus on shared goals. We should start with higher order principles. Even though energy questions are central to Canada’s economic future, we still have no energy policy. It would seem that governments, political parties and Canadians hold very different, even irreconcilable, views about energy questions. But if we started with the higher order questions, I believe a consensus on our

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