Developing expertise in energy efficiency is not only the right thing to do from an environmental perspective. It might also let Canada actually help countries facing problems of energy insecurity and energy poverty.
Today more than ever Canada needs an ‘entrepreneurial state.’ It requires governments that are confident in playing a role in shaping and creating markets and new avenues for innovation, in order to forge a symbiotic relationship with private entrepreneurs instead of leaving our governments open to be captured by vested interests that will hold back the type of dynamic, green economy we need to build.
Barack Obama’s new climate change plan could significantly shift the landscape for Canadian economic and climate policy. It should really invite reflection on the Canadian side of the border about the direction in which we should be heading as a country.
A 21st Century economic strategy aimed at promoting resilience and new avenues of prosperity will develop expertise in the green technologies that can help the world take action against climate change, rather than aggravating Canada’s economic and ecological vulnerability within the bitumen-based resource trap.
This morning La Presse published a stunning statement by Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver. He stated “I think that people aren’t as worried as they were before about 2° C of warming” (my translation).
More proactive government strategies are needed to deal with the private sector’s stagnation and loss of direction. Smart government strategy can coordinate economic activity towards building a green, diverse, and innovative economy.