​Four statements from Justin Trudeau on integrating energy and the environment

Image: Flickr/Justin Trudeau

If you haven’t figured it out by now, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a fan of integrating energy and the environment.

At IHS Markit’s CERAWeek energy conference in Houston, Trudeau outlined his thoughts on this concept, while also addressing some old western Canadian wounds inflicted decades ago by his father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

  1. “We’re on our way to getting three new pipeline projects under way, which will help connect Canada’s oilpatch with energy markets around the world.
    "I make no bones about it: we’re very proud of this. It’s progress. It’s important.”
  2. “In Canada, we know all about preparing for winter and for the long cold nights. So when we go camping…we light our campfires before the sun goes down, but that doesn’t mean we’re anti-daylight.
    "It’s exactly the same with energy: innovating and pursuing renewables isn’t somehow in competition with those traditional resources. It’s common sense. It’s wise preparation for the future.”
  3. “We would not be on this path, not even close, had we as a government not insisted that environmental protection and resource development go hand in hand.
    "Our immediate predecessors tried a different route for 10 years—to ignore the environment. It didn’t work any more than the NEP of the 1980s worked...In the 21st century, Canadians will not accept that we have to choose between a healthy planet and a strong economy.”
  4. “In 1980…my dad’s government introduced a policy called the NEP, the National Energy Program. It lasted until 1985, and it didn’t work. It was a failure. It didn’t mean to be, but it ended up being the wrong policy at the wrong time.”

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