Some of those people in Alberta are pretty smart, but this doesn’t seem to be a long term solution to provide sustainable energy to a large population.
It may already have happened or it will happen soon. With Alberta building new coal-fired plants and Ontario shutting them down, as of 2006, the National Energy Board reports that Alberta’s coal-fired generation capacity equals Ontario’s This comes after Ontario’s shutdown of the Lakeview Generating Station and the opening of Alberta’s Genesee 3 station. Ontario intends to shut down all remaining coal-fired plants in the next 6 years while Alberta intends to build more.
[ad#125-right]This is about the point where tension over the competing goals of sustained quality of life/power consumption vs environmental protection and the sustainable development of resources collide head on.
By not investing in clean renewable energy and continuing to pander to an energy hungry population, the energy descent is just going to get even hairier when it does come. Some policy makers may believe that economic development is reliant on increased energy supply, but short term solutions will not provide long lasting benefits to anyone.