Myths and Facts
The Belledune Generating Station is responsible for 13 percent of New Brunswick’s total emissions. Promoting biomass as a solution to large-scale electricity generation could increase demand, and in turn, increase unsustainable forestry practices. By switching to non-polluting sources of energy like solar and wind instead of singular solutions like burning biomass, we can support sustainable forestry practices that help stabilize our climate.
Technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries for electric vehicles require significant mineral inputs. Yet, their associated climate impact. It is crucial that the transition to a sustainable economy is fair for workers and Indigenous communities, here and abroad. A green economy in New Brunswick and Canada should not come at the expense of the rights of Indigenous communities or their land anywhere on Earth.
The transportation sector, which includes our vehicles, cars, industrial trucks, and so on, accounts for 29 percent of New Brunswick’s total emissions, but our own personal vehicles account for 70 percent of that total. That’s two million tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from New Brunswick alone every year. By switching to electric vehicles, trucks and transit, we can reduce the amount of pollution in our air and stabilize our climate.
School buses in New Brunswick account for 30 percent of the province’s fleet of government-owned vehicles. That’s a significant portion of the provincial government’s vehicle emissions and resulting air pollution that can be prevented every year. By switching to electric school buses, we can reduce the amount of air pollution our children are exposed to and stabilize our climate.