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Canadian Adoption of Renewables Could Help U.S. Policies

Canada could help to reduce global terrorism by increasing its use of renewable energy in feasible applications, according to the canadian association for renewable energies.

OTTAWA, Ontario, CA, 2001-10-19 [SolarAccess.com] “Some people say the recent terrorist attacks are linked, in part, with U.S. foreign policy as it relates to the Middle East,” says executive director Bill Eggertson. “That policy has, in turn, been linked for many years to the excessive American demand for fossil fuels that are required to power that country’s economy.” The United States supports renewable energy technologies because they can contribute to energy security and diversification, but it would be difficult to dramatically accelerate that transition in the current economic and political scenario, he explained at a seminar in Ottawa. Canada’s support for renewables is due almost exclusively to the environmental benefits and the ability of renewables to reduce the emission of polluting greenhouse gases. “One small way that Canada could show its support for the United States in this period, would be to accelerate our adoption of renewable energies in this country, in order to free up some conventional oil and natural gas supplies that could be sent south,” he explains. “In the longer term, this could be a very positive action to address the current tense situation, as well as to start the inevitable transition to renewables” that it starting in many countries around the world. The renewable energy industry in Canada has little infrastructure and products have been slow to penetrate the domestic market due to a lack of proactive government policies and a frequent cost premium that results from limited installations. Canada also has high resources of oil, natural gas and coal, as well as significant capacity in large hydroelectric facilities and nuclear reactors for the generation of electricity.