Its not hard to do, it is within reach simply by spending government surpluses on renewable energy projects.
Canada's electrical untilites are producing a lot of GHGs [greenhouse gasses] , and those could be completely wiped out within 10 years, and the excess capacity could then start to power our vehicles and further reduce emssions.
We now use 113 Gw [gigawatts] of electricity in Canada. Hydro electric accounts for 66.8Gw, so we can subtract that because it is carbon neutral allready, leaving about 48Gw to be replaced by renewables. That 48Gw, rounded up to 50Gw for growth, can be split half and half between WIND and SOLAR, they will each need to be producing a constant average of about 25Gw each.
25Gw of solar power can be attained by investing between $100Billion to $150B depending on the cost of solar panels. Spread over the next 10 years, it will require governments to put up about $10B a year.
Canada's federal budget surplus was about $20B in 2006, and provinces also had about $6B in surpluses in BC, Ab, and Sask. Therefore, it won't be a hard hit at all to provide that financing for renewable energy. Also, we could let private corporations invest, but it will not serve canadians needs as well as having it as a public resource, because the cost of electricity could be set at whatever we like, even ZERO if the costs are all paid for up front. Plus, these installations will MAKE MONEY every year for 20 years, and that can be added to our govenrment surpluses.
And as for WIND, and the 25Gw from that, well, wind power is CHEAPER than solar, so it is easy to see that this is do-able.
It is a no brainer - the resistance to RENEWABLES all comes from the "fossil fools" who insist on using dirty GHG producing fuels for electricity, EVEN THOUGH THEY END UP COSTING MORE. Over the 20 year lifetime operation -without input costs for fuel like regular electrical generation has - solar and wind installations actually give back a very good economic return at 10 cents per kilowatt hour of operation - investing $300 Million now will provide over $2.8BILLION [!!!] in the 20 year lifespan. Thats a pretty good return eh?
It is being kept silent, we are not told how great this return on renewables WILL be. The reason it is kept quiet is that "certain people will no longer profit, but others will". and those friends of Harper all make aliving from fossil fuels burning to produce electricity. ARRRGGGG, its so damn criminal to continue favouring those wealthy elites now that global warming is upon us.
There is no problem to becoming carbon neutral, it is simply a matter of who gets to profit from electrical sales, something that should be public because we all use it, and now there is global warming created by our "business as usual" bull****.