Technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries for electric vehicles require significant mineral inputs. Yet, the is still an associated climate impact.
It is crucial that the transition to a sustainable economy is fair for workers and Indigenous communities, here and abroad.
The transportation sector, which includes our vehicles, cars, industrial trucks, and so on, accounts for 29 percent of N.B.’s total emissions, but our own personal vehicles account for 70 percent of that total.
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.
Electricity supply issues
We are told that shipping liquified methane gas to Europe can address energy supply issues due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
We are told we could convert the Saint John Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant from an import facility to an export facility within three years.
But are all these arguments factual?
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.