More commentary on the Federal budget from the National Post quoting Matthew Bramley, director of the climate change program the Pembina Institute. Bramley’s main issue seems to be that Canada is budgeted to spend about four times less per capita on clean energy than the US, which is looking into an ambitious upgrade of its electricity, clean power and renewable energy initiatives.
In terms of dollars and cents, the conservative government in Canada is arguing that its $1-billion clean energy fund will promote carbon capture and storage, and $351-million will be directed to nuclear power, hardly items that generate a lot of enthusiasm from environmentalists.
Since it’s been in power, the Harper government has shown little enthusiasm for green projects. Being naturally inclined towards conservatism, it might simply be that it hasn’t the stomach for untested initiatives. With this budget, on environmental matters at least, the government seems to be taking a “wait and see” approach.