New Brunswick takes Unsustainable Energy Path
(Ottawa) The province of New Brunswick, has squandered a historic opportunity to put itself on a path to sustainable energy and has insured the indebtedness of new Brunswickers for generations to come.
Nuclear power is the most expensive, dangerous, and least sustainable source of energy. The New Brunswick utilities board found there was no business case to support reinvestment in Point Lepreau. The New Brunswick Government has succumbed to political and legal pressure, abandoning good economic sense. “Bernard Lord and his Government couldn’t have done a dumber thing. Nuclear power is unsafe, uneconomic and unnecessary. You would have thought that losing 400 million dollars in the first 20 years of operating the power plant would have taught the New Brunswick Government a thing or two,” said John Bennett, Senior Policy Advisor - Energy, Sierra Club of Canada.
The Sierra Club of Canada demands that this decision be subject to a full and complete environmental assessment that will provide the opportunity for all the evidence to be considered fairly by an independent panel. “While the rest of the world is turning away from failed nuclear technology and investing in efficiency, wind and solar energy, the Government of New Brunswick is mired in the past. We will do everything we can to bring New Brunswick into the 21st century,” said Mr. Bennett.
For more information, contact:
John Bennett, Senior Policy Advisor – Energy, Sierra Club of Canada