BLOG: Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue - The economic case for renewable energy

March-26-15

Germany's Foreign Office and Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy launched the first Berlin Energy Dialogue today, bringing together senior ministers and policymakers from more than 50 countries to jointly tackle climate change through the energy sector. No Canadian minister was in sight though, in keeping with the Harper government's nine-year record of inaction and obstruction when it comes to climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy.
I've made the trek on behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada, and it's been an eye-opening experience. Today I heard from ministers and economists who recognize that investing in renewable energy makes sense, both from an economic and an environmental standpoint.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports that there are 6.5-million jobs related to clean energy worldwide. While countries like Germany, UAE and China have been investing in their renewable energy sectors, the Prime Minister has put all his eggs in one oil barrel. Now, with the oil prices plummeting, thousands of workers from across the country are facing layoffs instead of new job opportunities in renewable energy.

If the Prime Minister were represented here, he would have heard about hundreds of thousands of new jobs being created around the world in the renewable energy sector. Canada is missing out on the action because the Harper Government is missing in action.
- John McKay M.P.