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Thursday, 14 April 2011 13:28

Green candidate touts clean, renewable energy

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By John R. Statton — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Federal Green Party candidate Helmi Scott was in Swift Current April 7.

Scott came to the largest centre within the Cypress Hills-Grasslands constituency she’s vying for and spoke with constituents about her party’s platform.

She is an advocate for clean and renewable energy and said that nuclear power is not the answer for Saskatchewan or Canada.

“Look what happened in Japan: they are technologically on top of everything –until something happens,” said Scott.

“Right now, radioactive material is being dumped into the ocean that is going to affect fishing, the air, the crops. Make no mistake that the fish you eat from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans will contain these radioactive materials.”

She likened the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi plant to that of Chernobyl, and the after effects that still linger in that part of Ukraine today.

“If you look at the lichen and the mosses they are still radioactive, and the animals eat those, and are you going to eat those animals?” said Scott.

She noted Saskatchewan still feels the negative effects of nuclear power, without gaining any of the benefits.

“We already have tailings just from mining in Saskatchewan, and nobody is looking at the consequences of those tailings,” said Scott.

“Those tailings are already radioactive, and we’re ignoring it hoping it will go away.”

She noted although it was a provincial issue, the Premier has spoken about bringing nuclear waste into Saskatchewan for storage.

“Nuclear waste is still giving off heat, energy, and is still radioactive,” she said.

“They have to be transported through, and they’re going to drive this highly radioactive nuclear waste along the Canadian highways.”

Scott indicated the need to push renewable energy sources within the province: wind, water, and sunlight.

“We talk about the wonderful skies and how much sunshine we have, and how we feel so sorry for those guys living in Vancouver where it’s always cloudy. We have solar energy,” she said.

“The sun is powering the earth and it always has been.”

Scott indicated she would like to see Saskatchewan take on the role of innovation and manufacturing of components for renewable energy.

“We should be selling the world our wind turbines, and then we would have that job creation,” she said.

“We would have the world buying from us, instead of us buying from countries like Denmark.”

Despite the millions of dollars worth of land purchased for oil and gas exploration and development, Scott doesn’t see an advantage specific to Saskatchewan residents.

“It’s big business now, but how much of that money is going to stay in Saskatchewan, how much benefit is going to come Saskatchewan, and how much of the problems are going to be left around for a couple of hundred years?” said Scott.

“There’s already research on the tar sands in Alberta — saying that the cancer results are just horrific, the medical research seems to be there — why are they ignoring that?”

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