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Everything is going to be alright.

You heard me. Newfoundland and Labrador’s future is bright. Your children and grandchildren will inherit a stable and safe place to live their lives. Our province is about the enter a new golden age of prosperity.

That is, if we can get out of our own way and simply let it happen.

As I write this, vast economic forces are remaking our world. The battle against climate change is putting tremendous pressure on us to move. And moving we are. Investments in renewable energy technologies are outpacing oil and gas two to one — $329 billion in 2015. That’s not hippie do-gooder money. Those kind of bucks go to where the profit is going to be.

Newfoundland and Labrador is perfectly situated to take advantage of this shift away from fossil fuels. We have the strongest wind energy potential of any jurisdiction in North America. Combined with our hydro resources we have gigawatts of energy that we can export to the clean-electricity-hungry northeastern United States. Technologies like wind and solar partner perfectly with large-scale hydro. When it’s sunny and/or windy, we use that power directly or sell it at a premium and let the hydro reservoirs fill up. When it’s not sunny and not windy, you open up the taps and ramp up your hydro. Muskrat Falls (for all its flaws) is basically just a big battery.

Why are we so passionate about this? Because we are the workers who will suffer most if our leaders don’t look far ahead enough into the future. We are part of a group of oil and gas workers pushing for investments in renewables and retraining in green energy. Through a combination of innovative pilot projects and cutting edge retraining programs, we are working hard to bring the green energy revolution to Newfoundland and Labrador.

If you are interested in helping us make this happen please visit our crowd funder: www.startsomegood.com/GreenRevolutionNL

As a first step, we are building a 100 per cent renewable energy powered, 365-day-a-year greenhouse. This project will let us both demonstrate the power of renewables while also helping to address our province’s food security issues.

We hope you can join us on this journey.

 

Thank-you for reading,

Adam Cormier
East Coast Director of Iron and Earth
197 Water Street, St. John’s, NL
adam@ironandearth.org
709-769-2060

 

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