The Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant is seen in the early morning hours March 28, 2011 in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
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Re. “Fear not, new nuclear reactors can solve Canada’s climate change crises,” David Staples, April 26David Staples argues nuclear means we don’t have to fear climate change. There are a few assumptions behind his suggestions that I take issue with.First, is that a consensus on nuclear is politically achievable. It’s as if Fukushima, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, et cetera, haven’t happened or that we’ll just forget about them and agree to build something better this time. I suggest approval of nuclear is as likely as finding Sasquatch. If you think it’s tough to build a pipeline, just try to sell something with toxic waste that lasts forever but can make terrible weapons.Nuclear would take years of lobbying, and if successful, be followed by years of construction. The technical complexity, political controversy and financial uncertainty guarantee these projects are always way behind schedule. Reactor projects in the UK and Germany have been cancelled.The second assumption is that business as usual is fine in the meantime. The Calgary flood, Fort McMurray fire, et cetera, have shown Albertans and Canadians that we are in an emergency.We do not have time to waste chasing unicorns; carbon capture and storage has certainly taught us that. Time is more valuable than money now.Ronald Kelly, EdmontonAlberta must balance foreign voicesIn his acceptance speech, premier-designate Jason Kenney named and decried “foreign” foundations for funding an “obstructionist” ecological movement in Alberta.Foreign influence is not new to Albertans; historically, it has been that of stateless foreign capital. We have incentivized this capital by sweetheart royalty deals and friendly regulatory regimes. Alberta has been open for business and business, most of it foreign, has pretty much had its way. And we have, admittedly, lived pretty well off Big Oil’s leavings.However some of these leavings are not benign. We pay a heavy price for our affluence in boom-bust uncertainty, environmental degradation, expensive infrastructure, an embarrassing lack of savings for the future and concomitant horrible international reputation. These unfortunate hangovers of our open-for-business resource sell-off will only get worse as the new government effects promised deregulation.If we in Alberta are not inclined to make our own choices and find our own sustainable solutions and must kowtow to foreign voices, maybe it’s time we balanced traditional foreign influences with another voice, foreign or otherwise, which professes a wider vision for the health of our planet.Jim Joosse, EdmontonCity council can’t save the planetIt is bad enough that the federal and provincial governments have decided that Canada, which puts out less than two per cent of global CO2 emissions and has a smaller population than California, can somehow save the planet by reducing carbon dioxide emissions at a cost of billions of dollars in lost jobs, wages and private business investment.But now our cash-strapped, tax-hiking city council wants to join the circus? Somebody needs to stand up and say that some costs are just too high to bear in the name of useless virtue-signalling.Hundreds of thousands of jobs in Alberta alone? Billions of investment dollars and high-paying jobs fleeing the country? Stagnant national economic growth? Steadily declining home values?Now the City of Edmonton wants to partner with other municipalities to set up more costly committees to come up with more costly red tape that will add to everyone’s tax bill, further erode whatever business climate remains and will have absolutely no impact on the global average temperature whatsoever — but the radical special-interest groups will say that those costs, like all the others, don’t matter. Because it’s all in the name of saving the planet.Cameron Smart, EdmontonLetters welcomeWe invite you to write letters to the editor. A maximum of 150 words is preferred. Letters must carry a first and last name, or two initials and a last name, and include an address and daytime telephone number. All letters are subject to editing. We don’t publish letters addressed to others or sent to other publications. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org