Foreign ownership of and profit from the Alberta oil sands is at an all-time high. Environmental concerns are frequently ignored, and the cost of Canadian oil and gas to Canadians is rising. Further, oil interests exercise unprecedented influence in politics. In order to begin correcting these issues, Canadian oil should be nationalized and new emphasis placed on forward-looking, clean, renewable technologies and fuels.
Nationalization of Canadian Oil Industries for Canadians
Brian Wallin | Ottawa West-Nepean Young Liberals
WHEREAS the Alberta oil sands are three-quarters foreign owned, with forty percent of profit going to foreign-owned companies;
WHEREAS new technologies and forms of energy are not pursued to the same degree as pipelines;
WHEREAS oil companies try to undermine the political process in order to benefit themselves;
WHEREAS the production of oil is often not environmentally friendly and has ill effects on the lives of Canadians who live near production sites;
WHEREAS the individual in society cannot be free when the high cost of living supercedes their value as great Canadian resources;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federal Liberal Party of Canada seek the nationalization of Canadian oil for Canadian people.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT a Liberal government would advance research into clean, renewable sources of energy through incentive and stimulus to those industries.
Currently, low-impact sources of energy are not cost-effective. Limited, large-scale projects like wind and solar farms are good first starts, but putting those technologies on all doorsteps would jumpstart the industry. By providing a granting program to subsidize the installation of those technologies in new-built homes, contractors would be able to not only construct homes that minimize their impact on the environment and reduce lifetime energy costs for homeowners. This would create partnerships between green and traditional industries, scale up production of green technologies to be more cost-effective for homeowners who want to retrofit existing homes, and expand green-collar industries installing and servicing these new technologies.
Funding Green Energy in New Homes
Trevor LaForce, Brian Wallin and Josh Kaine | Ottawa West-Nepean Young Liberals
WHEREAS the rate of adoption of green technologies in the home is still low;
WHEREAS Ontario should continue to set a national example in the use and financing of renewable energy;
WHEREAS the Ontario Liberal Party currently supports the use green technologies such as wind and solar farms;
WHERAS a state funded program would reduce the overall cost of these technologies for consumers;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Ontario provide cost offsets in the form of granting programs to companies involved in the construction of homes to ensure pre-sale installation of technologies to reduce a household’s environmental footprint.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT a wide variety of technologies be supported by this program, including: geothermal wells, solar panels, rooftop wind turbines, rain collection and filtration, as well as technologies for waste management and repurposing.
BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED THAT these funds be awarded on a pre-agreed per-technology, per-home basis.