Sask. Party Government Has Rejected All Other Options For Future Energy Needs In Favour Of Nuclear Power Generation
The New Democratic Opposition has insisted that alternate energy sources should be given equal study. Saskatchewan has abundant solar and wind potential that the Wall government is not giving any serious consideration to.
"...the Wall government has no intention of examining green energy options or conducting legitimate public consultations regarding the energy future of Saskatchewan.
NDP Finance Critic
"The Wall government took a full year and spent well over $3 million to study one controversial energy option - nuclear,” Wotherspoon said. “Surely common sense would dictate that more time and input should be allowed to examine a variety of alternative energy sources than the Sask Party currently has in mind.”
The all-party committee was announced last spring after the NDP proposed the formation of an Energy Development Partnership (EDP) to examine a variety of energy options and conservation programs, not simply the nuclear discussion the Sask Party had initiated. While the formation of the EDP was rejected, the Wall government agreed to conduct public hearings and hear from various experts in alternative energy fields. Wotherspoon is concerned the Sask Party is backing away from the spirit in which the committee was formed.
“We agreed to reach across the floor of the legislature and work together as MLAs to examine the best and most cost-effective energy options for our future,” Wotherspoon said. “However, the tactics of the Wall government have made it almost impossible to conduct these hearings in any reasonable or productive way.”
New Democratic Opposition