JOHN RUSTAD – We can make a difference. I believe it is our moral and ethical obligation to take this step
World events are shocking and clearly our reaction needs to be a rethink on many fronts.
The impact of what is happening in Ukraine is enormous. The human tragedy and the need for aid is critical. But there is another issue that needs attention. Russia is one of the world's major energy producers.
Europe is heavily dependent on Russian energy. For that matter, the world is also dependent on the energy from fossil fuels. It is completely unrealistic to replace the energy mix with alternatives over the short or even medium term.
I'm not saying that because it isn't a laudable goal but because it is the reality. We do not have the grid, resources, production, and capability to make the BIG shift. It will take decades!!
BC and Canada have the potential to significantly ramp up our production and export of fossil fuels. This would help to take a huge revenue stream away from Russia, which could actually help curb Russian actions over time. It would take a number of years to achieve this, but I believe we should immediately put a plan in place to achieve this, make the commitment and do our part helping our allies.
The BC NDP, and others, are refusing to consider this.
Let's face reality: the issue in Ukraine and Europe is not going away anytime soon. I can only hope it doesn't go beyond Ukraine.
We can make a difference. I believe it is our moral and ethical obligation to take this step.
John Rustad … is the BC Liberal MLA for Nechako Lakes, and the Critic for Forests, Lands & Natural Resources