Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Greenwashing of Oxford County

Anyone concerned about climate change or local air quality ought to have a close look at the draft of Oxford County's 100% Renewable Energy Plan, still available for comment on the County's website.
Some issues of serious concern:
1) Oxford County does not intend to measure carbon or any other greenhouse gas emissions, nor to set targets for reductions.
2) Oxford County considers "wood" and "biomass" to be acceptable sources of renewable energy, even though their combustion produces higher levels of emissions than all the fossil fuels, including coal.
3) The real agenda lurking beneath this thin green camouflage is that of enticing questionable emissions-producing industry to Oxford County, specifically "energy from waste" and "energy from biomass".  Toronto, send us your garbage, and we will burn it for you!

A message to Oxford County Council, on your supposedly "green" agenda:
You may be able to fool the residents of Oxford County.
You may be able to fool yourselves.
But you will never be able to fool the planet, and all of our children will pay the price.

The above text appeared as a letter to the editor in the Sentinel Review on August 15, 2016.

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