In this edition: citizens’ assembly participants’ statement; federal and provincial budgets ; protecting the world’s largest habitat; an end to LNG export talk in Saint John; passing of a climate emergency declaration in Fredericton; electric school buses
Today’s federal budget should be an invitation to New Brunswick and NB Power to get charged up about zero-emitting electricity, particularly least-cost renewable energy, storage, and transmission, rather than more costly and risky nuclear or shale gas.
“The provincial budget indicates provincial priorities through its planned spending. We need to invest in priorities that make peoples’ lives more affordable, and that includes investments to ensure we use less energy, but also environmental protection and clean up.”
“There never was a business, environmental, public health or climate case for the Saint John LNG project, including the unrealistic idea from Premier Higgs that the province would lift the shale gas moratorium to supply the Saint John LNG plant quickly and cost effectively.”
The New Brunswick Coalition for Tenants Rights and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick are calling on the government of New Brunswick to immediately act to protect people in government-run housing from radon gas.
The neurologist who first raised the possibility of a mysterious neurological disease in New Brunswick is now urging the federal government to test the environment for glyphosate, suspecting the widely-used herbicide is connected to the disease cluster in the Moncton and Acadian Peninsula areas.