Analysis

City of Prince Rupert Rallies Behind a Clean Energy Future

Prince Rupert - Oct 22

On the day that Prince Rupert  citizens joined a province-wide action to oppose proposed new and expanded oil pipelines and the increased tanker traffic that would come with them, their local government passed a resolution to support for a positive, low-carbon energy future for the nation.

On Wednesday, Prince Rupert City council unanimously endorsed Towards a Clean Energy Accord, a set of recommendations for a Canadian energy strategy collaboratively developed this past summer by Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada. Prince Rupert joins a diverse ad-hoc alliance of more than 700 organizations, businesses, and governments that have endorsed the document.

The endorsed text reads as follows:

We believe that Canada should bet on a 21st century energy model, and accelerate its transition to a clean and renewable energy future to remain competitive in a fast-changing world.

We believe our leaders should work with industry and civil society organizations to leverage the economy we have today to create the new energy economy we want and need tomorrow.

We believe any Canadian energy strategy must have a framework that prioritizes jobs and low carbon prosperity, eliminates energy waste, unleashes new energy innovation, fosters more livable communities, moves the nation forward on transportation, enables funding for the energy transition, and cleans up our existing energy supply.

With the move, Prince Rupert joins B.C. Coastal First Nations, the City of Terrace, the Regional District of Buckley-Nechako, and the First Nations Energy and Mining Council, which have all endorsed a statement of support for Towards a Clean Energy Accord. The document is in turn based upon A New Energy Vision for Canada, a positive vision of a low-carbon future that was endorsed by the City of North Vancouver, the City of Burnaby, the City of Abbotsford, and other local governments.
Towards a Clean Energy Accord is a collaborative, solutions-focused call for Canadian provincial leaders and aboriginal governments to embrace the responsibility and opportunity of developing a bold new energy strategy for Canada.