Thursday, January 22, 2009

Liberal Environmental Policy: The Next Step

Liberal infrastructure critic Martha Hall Findlay lays it out:

New infrastructure investment can and should be 'green' - to enhance conservation and energy-efficiency; to ensure cleaner air and water; to increase training, education and investment with regard to green technologies. We can spend now, for immediate stimulus, in ways that can ensure a better, cleaner environment, and at the same time create the jobs of the future.

Pretty obvious stuff. Not that it will necessarily get listened to. I wonder though if this signifies a different approach on the part of the Libs. Under Dion they proposed a grand scheme; under Iggy, they oppose Tory plans by offering greener alternatives on an issue-by-issue basis.

And, oh yeah, the Green Shift is "now burdened with political baggage". Nice way of saying "dead", I suppose.

6 comments:

Ti-Guy said...

And, oh yeah, the Green Shift is "now burdened with political baggage". Nice way of saying "dead", I suppose.

Not really. It's just simply been replaced with a shift (of varying degrees of substance/impact) that will be financed by going into massive debt.

janfromthebruce said...

Does that include Iggy "green-washing" the Oil Sands I mean Tar Sands?

Ti-Guy said...

We can't change to a hemp-based energy paradigm overnight, Moonbat Jan.

Andrew P. said...

I agree the GreenShift isn't necessarily dead, more like in a coma or stasis.

As with all "political baggage", it eventually gets lost and people forget about it.

Not too mention, when details fade from memory, and the economy is booming again, a better marketing campaign would make it palatable, even desired by teh public at large

janfromthebruce said...

Name calling is so juvenile. It reminds me of the folks over at blogging Tories, and particularly the small dead animal crew.

Ti-Guy said...

You're right. How disgraceful of me. I should have thought about a more mature response to your comment about Iggy "green-washing the tar sands."

I support the exploitation of the tar sands in an environmentally-responsible manner, although it should be done with the express purpose of preparing for a transition away from fossil fuels, not simply to continue our unsustainable consumption habits until the last drop of oil is squeezed from them.