CanGEA is proud to support Iron + Earth and their Workers’ Climate Plan. CanGEA believes the skills earned by Canadians in the oil and gas industries not only should be valued, because they represent our world leading expertise, but also because Canada needs those skills and workers to develop geothermal; which will become a made in Canada climate change solution.
The future for Canadian geothermal is myriad including (but not limited to) brand new utility scale power plants, district heating to keep our communities warm, distributed micro-power from hydrocarbon wells to give energy access to remote communities, increased food security through year-round greenhouse agriculture, and any other productive process that can use low cost heat and power. Each, and everyone of these developments will require the workers who know how to develop sub-surface resources, build energy distribution facilities, and support infrastructure enhancement.
Furthermore, as world wide investment in clean energy is only growing, geothermal is poised to be a significant export industry, once it is developed domestically. The potential market for skilled workers is much larger than Canada and the ability to export expertise is the greatest value added resource Canada can offer globally. For all these reasons CanGEA encourages you to sign the Workers’ Climate Plan so that geothermal can become the important part of the renewable energy future it should be and Canada’s oil and gas workers can keep doing what they do best.
Alex Kent, MSc
Policy Manager, CanGEA