Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition
The Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition (ACSEC) is a strategic alliance of organizations aimed at promoting on-the-ground solutions to climate change in Atlantic Canada. Our focus is on educating decision-makers and empowering communities. The ultimate goal of the ACSEC is to ensure that Eastern Canada reduces greenhouse gas emissions to 25-30% below 1990 levels by 2020 through the promotion of empowered and prosperous communities engaged in a low-carbon energy future.
Key Objective of the ACSEC are to achieve ghg emission reductions through energy efficiency, improving building codes and reducing vehicle emission standards, and promoting distributed renewable energy.
The ACSEC is made up of the following organizations:
- Ecology Action Centre in Nova Scotia,
- Conservation Council of New Brunswick,
- Environmental Coalition of PEI, and
- Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the ACSEC is encouraging the following initiatives:
- creating a provincial energy efficiency agency
- ramping up investment of utility revenues in energy efficiency
- decreasing emissions from the offshore oil and gas industry, a major contributor to ghg emissions in the province
Building Codes and Vehicle Emission Standards:
- establishing EnerGuide 80 as residential efficiency standard
- establishng a target between for 50% of all new buildings and homes to be net zero energy by 2015
- Implementing of California Vehicle Emission Standard
Enhancing the Role of Distributed Renewable Energy Sources
- establishing regional feed-in tariff laws aimed at encouraging small to medium size renewable energy and distributed generation sources (please see here for the Atlantic Canada Chapter's brief to regional leaders on feed-in tariffs)
- encouraging renewable energy in remote, rural communities
- creation of labour market strategies in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors
Please go here to see our Response to Newfoundland & Labrador Public Discussion Document: “Responding to Climate Change in Newfoundland & Labrador”
Submit Your Comments to the C-NLOPB Today!
The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board is accepting comments on their strategic environmental assessment for oil and gas off Western Newfoundland. Although we question the legitimacy of the consultation process, our silence could mean rigs are allowed in to our Gulf as soon as next year!
Please write your comments to the Board by emailing here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure to CC: Stephen Harper - Prime Minister of Canada: email@example.com, Thomas Mulcair - Leader of the New Democratic Party: firstname.lastname@example.org, Bob Rae - Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada: email@example.com, Vivian Barbot - Leader of the Bloc Québécois: firstname.lastname@example.org, Elizabeth May - Leader of the Green Party of Canada: email@example.com, Hon. Kathy Dunderdale- Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador: firstname.lastname@example.org, Hon. Pauline Marois - Premier of Québec: email@example.com, Hon. Darryl Dexter - Premier of Nova Scotia: firstname.lastname@example.org, Hon. Robert Ghiz - Premier of Prince Edward Island: email@example.com, Hon. David Alward - Premier of New Brunswick: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Ask for the Board to tell you how your comments are being used to protect the Gulf and let them know consultation process was inadequate (Federal Envirnment Minister Kent stated that "thorough consulation" was required as part of the assessment);
2. 2. Endangered blue whales are found in the Gulf - and their migratory pathway is right next to where they want to drill. Lots of other endangered and theatenned species are found there too like leatherback turtles and imperiled cod stocks: how will these species be protected?
3. How will coastal communities and national treasures, like Gros Morne National Park, be protected from a massive spill like BP’s?
4. Tell them you want a moratorium as this is the only way to protect this precious ecosystem, shared by five of Canada's provinces.
For more detals on the Western Newfoundland Strategic Envirnmental Assessment, please go here:
The Gulf contains a variety of habitats, ranging from deep-sea corals to sandy clam beds, and is home to over 2000 marine species - including the endangered blue whale and imperiled cod stocks.
Five Canadian provinces bound the Gulf: Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Ocean currents in Gulf mean that what happens in one part of the Gulf could impact the entire region.
Right now, however, offshore oil and gas regulators act like their “piece” of the Gulf has no connection with the others: as a result, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, acting alone, allowed seismic testing to go ahead at an oil lease in the middle of the Gulf - known as "Old Harry" - in October 2010.
Organizations, scientists, and concerned individuals have joined together to stop oil and gas in the Gulf. Our worst fear is that a spill on a scale of that which occurred in the Gulf of Mexico would damage the entire Gulf of St. Lawrence. We need your help now to stop oil and gas in the Gulf!
Write to the Prime Minister, Federal Party Leaders, and Gulf Premiers:
Contact info for the leaders:
Prime Minsiter Stephen Harper, email@example.com
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloc Quebecois Leader Daneile Paillé (online form): http://www.blocquebecois.org/joindre.aspx
LIberal Leader Bob Rae, email@example.com
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca
NS Premier Darrell Dexter firstname.lastname@example.org
NL Premier Kathy Dunderdale, email@example.com
NB Premier David Alward, firstname.lastname@example.org
PEI Premier Robert Ghiz email@example.com
Premier Jean Charest (Online form) http://www.premier-ministre.gouv.qc.ca/premier-ministre/joindre-pm/index.asp
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