2006.04 Renewable Energy

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Whereas, A significant amount of Canada's energy supply comes from non-renewable resources, such as oil, coal, natural gas, or radioactive elements; and

Whereas, Renewable energy quickly replaces itself and is available in a never-ending supply, either from the natural flow of sunlight, wind or water and biomass or geothermal energy around the earth; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the national council of The Catholic Women's League of Canada, in 86th annual national convention assembled, urge the federal government to:
•  increase research to develop greater energy efficiency
•  increase production and use of clean, renewable energy in the form of the natural flow of sunlight, wind, water, biomass or geothermal
•  promote public awareness and education on the availability and benefits of renewable energy; and, be it further

Resolved, That the national council of The Catholic Women's League of Canada, in 86th annual national convention assembled, urge the federal government to enact legislation that would
•  protect the consumer from monopolization of these renewable energy resources by large energy companies,
•  provide financial incentives to encourage Canadians to use renewable energy sources

BRIEF
A significant amount of Canada's energy supply comes from coal, oil, natural gas or radioactive elements. They are considered non-renewable because once removed from the ground and used, they are not replaced.

The need for renewable energy has intensified in Canada with a potential for energy in the form of the natural flow of sunlight, wind or water. Renewable energy is clean, does not produce air pollution and is reliable and efficient.

Wind and solar power are the world's fastest growing energy sources, with capacity expanding at double digit rates every year over the past decade.(1) Globally, wind power already generates electricity equal to that used by millions of European households. The effects of this rapid growth include impressive technological advances, dramatic cost reductions, and an increase in political support for renewable energy around the world.

These developments occur against a backdrop of rapidly rising demand for energy, as well as growing concerns about the security of energy supplies and the environmental and health dangers associated with the burning of fossil fuels. Renewable energy resources currently meet a small portion of the global energy demand, however, the technical potential of these inexhaustible and relatively benign energy sources far exceeds total energy use.

Renewable energy can make a significant contribution to economic development, job creation, reduced fossil fuel dependence, improved human health and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, it is essential to improve the efficiency of the technologies, reduce their costs and develop mature, self-sustaining industries to manufacture, install and maintain renewable energy systems.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
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FOOTNOTE
(1) "Canada's Wind Power Capacity Jumps Almost 25 Percent," media backgrounder, Natural Resources Canada, March 16, 2005,<<www.nrcan.gc.ca/media/newsreleases/2005/200512_e.htm>> (June 14, 2006).

Requested Members' Action:

  • Write letters to the prime minister, the federal minister of the environment, minister of finance and a copy to your local MP requesting the federal government increase research efforts to develop greater energy efficiency and to increase the production and use of clean renewable energy in the form of wind, water and solar power.
  • Provide opportunities to educate members on the positive effects of the use of renewable energy.
  • Parish councils could talk to local school board officials and find out the proper way to invite children whose science fair project deals with some aspect of renewable energy to come to a meeting to share their project with members.