GREEN ENERGY

1. Sustainable Energy

A Green government would:

  • establish feed-in tariffs based on the cost of production and a reasonable return in investment from distributed renewable sources, subsidized during a transition period from levies on fossil fuel production and imports;

  • aim to replace the use of all non-renewable fuels for electricity generation, including nuclear, oil and coal fuels;

  • promote electricity generation with renewable sources within the next 20 years, without the use of natural gas as a transitional fuel;

  • re-organize NB Power as a renewable energy public service utility with both public interest and community economic development mandates; and

  • reform the Energy and Utilities Board.

 

2. Sustainable Vehicles

A Green government would:

  • develop a sustainable vehicles strategy, leading to an 85% reduction in emissions below today’s level by 2040;

  • provide financial support for transitioning municipal public fleets to zero emission vehicles by 2030. In sectors in which zero emission vehicles are not yet available, support the use of electric hybrids or, failing those being available, the cleanest possible combustion engine technology;

  • provide tax incentives to support transitioning commercial fleets to zero emission vehicles.  In sectors in which zero emission vehicles are not yet available support the use of electric hybrids or, failing those being available, the cleanest possible combustion engine technology;

  • develop an incentive program to encourage the purchase of low- and zero-emission electric vehicles.  Provide incentives to for the purchase of new electric vehicles (EV) until such time as EV prices become similar to the average price of comparable conventional vehicles sold in New Brunswick; and

  • work with NB Power to develop an incentive program to encourage the deployment of high-speed electric vehicle chargers at local businesses throughout the province.

 

3. Public Transport

A Green government would:

  • establish an integrated provincial public transportation system, including rail, financed by tolls on the New Brunswick portion of the Trans-Canada highway, to create jobs in transportation, planning, marketing, ICT, engineering and manufacturing;

  • incentivize the use of public transportation in all spheres of society through economic policies that benefit users of public transportation and promote a combination of public transportation with bicycling and walking, including fully subsidizing publicly-owned municipal public transportation;

  • make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists by introducing traffic-calming measures in inner-cities, a 1-meter-distance law for cyclists, as well as educating drivers by adding new measures to the NB driver's manual and test;

  • create a Green Infrastructure Fund aimed at helping municipalities create infrastructures that benefits pedestrian and cyclist traffic, such as protected cycle lanes or pedestrian plazas;

  • create a walking and cycling culture by introducing positive cycling education courses for all children starting in elementary school, by encouraging walk-to-school and bike-to-school programs, and by creating a fund to provide children from families with lower income with helmets and bicycles; and

  • promote cyclo-tourism and inter-city bicycle transport through creation of a cross-NB cycle and pedestrian track, similar to the Route-Verte in Québec, and by incentivizing transportation hubs to include large volumes of bicycle parking and bike-on-board accessibility.

 

4. Smart Electric Grid

A Green government would transition to a smart electrical grid integrated with a fibre-optics network to expand the use of renewable energy to create jobs in the electrical trades, and green tech, ICT, and engineering sectors.

 

5. Building Retro-fit Strategy

A Green government would:

  • establish energy and ecological footprint standards in the building code;

  • implement a ten-year building retrofit strategy providing grants and loans via Efficiency New Brunswick to create jobs in the trades, manufacturing and service sectors; and

  • update the residential building code to require builders to make a suitable provision for electric vehicle charging.  This includes all forms of residential building such as, but not limited to, house, townhouse, row-house, apartment building, and condominium building.

 

6. Heating

A Green government would increase the proportion of residential and commercial space and water heating supplied by solar, geothermal energy, and sustainable biomass.

 

7. Fossil-Fuel Production

In order to promote the transition to sustainable energy, a Green government would:

  • levy a charge on the production of fossil fuel-based fuels/electricity according to the carbon content of the feedstock/resource, and/or on the delivery of fossil fuels as feedstock into the provincial economy; and

  • earmark the levy revenues to fund the installation/retrofit of green infrastructure, climate adaptation and mitigation, and an energy efficiency and renewables utility.

 

8. Shale Gas

A Green government would ban the exploration, production, and distribution of shale gas recovered by hydraulic fracturing throughout the province.

 

9. Nuclear Energy

A Green government would:

  • phase out the Point Lepreau nuclear generation station (PLNGS) and prohibit any new nuclear energy development, including uranium exploration, mining, refining and fuel fabrication, or storage of nuclear weapons on military bases;

  • establish a fully participatory and democratic process to decide how to safely and responsibly store nuclear waste generated at PLNGS; and

  • prohibit the export of used nuclear fuel from Point Lepreau for private or military purposes.

 

 

 

 

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Our Principles

> Non-Violence

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Self-Determination and Citizenship

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Social Justice and Equality

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Participatory Democracy

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Local Self-Reliance

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> Living within Our Ecological Means

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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