What Can The Okanagan Learn From Germany?

In the ongoing conversation between the carbon cheerleaders and environmentalists, the environmentalists stand accused of sabotaging jobs and the economy. Has anyone ever considered a middle road for Canada, improving our carbon emission standards while continuing to mine oil and gas; and at the same time investing in renewable energy sources?

In his article, “Five Lessons for Canada from Germany’s Clean Energy Revolution,” Geoff Dembicki presents a powerful economic argument for investment in renewables. “The industry has created 370,000 jobs. Environmental sectors contribute over eight per cent of the country’s GDP. And carbon emissions are down 23 per cent from 1990 levels.” Read more in the Tyee.

Green Illusions – The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism

Everything comes from the earth and even by developing renewable energy, unless we do a better job of managing our consumption of all natural resources, the future looks pretty bleak. Zehner does come up with some proposals, which we all need to begin a dialogue on, soon.His solution comes not from developing renewable energy but from social transformation, redesigning our communities and changing the way we consume.

Everything comes from the earth and even by developing renewable energy, unless we do a better job of managing our consumption of all natural resources, the planets’ future looks pretty bleak. Zehner does come up with some proposals, which we all need to begin a dialogue on, soon.

Read the book…Green Illusions by Ozzie Zehner,University Of Nebraska Press