We, as a dedicated school environment group, are writing to express our strong opposition to the recent decision to pause renewable energy projects in Alberta.
While we acknowledge the government's concerns about the reliability and use of renewable energy, we believe the potential drawbacks far outweigh the perceived benefits outlined in the government's stance.
The pause, although aimed at addressing concerns, risks undermining the significant progress made by the province in increasing the share of renewable energy in electricity generation. The goal of achieving 30 per cent renewable energy by 2030 may be compromised, leading to prolonged reliance on non-renewable sources and increased carbon emissions.
Continuing to use non-renewable energies daily not only contradicts the province's commitment to environmental sustainability but also perpetuates the dependence on fossil fuels, posing long-term risks to both the environment and the economy.
The economic impact of this decision is substantial, affecting 118 projects worth $33 billion and jeopardizing the livelihoods of the 24,000 people employed in the renewable energy industry. Moreover, renewable energy projects on privately owned land contribute to the economy by providing landowners with a vital source of income. The pause deprives these landowners of economic benefits and disrupts the economic flow.
We urge the government to reconsider the decision to pause renewable energy projects. Alberta has a unique opportunity to lead in sustainable energy production, address environmental concerns, and contribute to long-term economic growth. The advantages of renewable energy in terms of job creation, economic diversification, and environmental sustainability should not be compromised.
Thank you for your attention to this matter, and we trust that you will carefully consider the consequences of the decision on both the environment and the economy. We look forward to hearing your opinions on this matter.
Canmore Collegiate High School Decarbonize Club,