REGINA, Saskatchewan (LifeSiteNews) — Saskatchewan’s electricity provider has said that the Trudeau government’s proposed “clean electricity” regulation target “isn’t feasible.”
During an August 18 interview with Pipeline Online, SaskPower spokesperson Scott McGregor revealed that the province cannot implement the Clean Electricity Regulations proposed by the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which aim to ban natural resources such as coal, oil and gas for power generation by 2035.
“SaskPower is working as fast as it can to decarbonize the power grid while also providing reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective power,” McGregor said.
“We’re committed to achieving a net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions power system and we’re on track to do so by 2050 or earlier,” he added. “We’re also on track to reduce GHG emissions by 50 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. However, reaching net zero by 2035 isn’t feasible technically, logistically, or financially.”
McGregor said that SaskPower plans to use the 75-day consultation period set out by the regulations to explain to the federal government that their proposal is impossible for the province.
“As stated in the previous note, the CER would require SaskPower to effectively rebuild our entire power system, through retiring the majority of our existing generating units and replacing them with new, ultra-low emitting units or non-emitting energy sources, while also growing the system to support expanding electricity needs that are expected to support growing demand,” explained McGregor.
“Saskatchewan’s power system took nearly a century to build, and with the CER, we are being told to rebuild it with new and non-emitting generation sources, expanding our transmission system, and modernizing our distribution network in a fraction of that time,” he continued.
McGregor’s warnings come in response to a drafted document outlining Canada’s plan to switch from natural resources such as oil and gas to “clean” alternatives like hydroelectric, nuclear, solar and wind by 2035.
In the proposal, Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson suggested denying funds to provinces which refuse to stop using natural resources.
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe bashed the suggestion of withholding taxpayer dollars from provinces which refuse to shut down their natural resource plants.
“Saskatchewan and Alberta are driving the Canadian economy,” he wrote. “Saskatchewan and Alberta receive nothing from equalization, while other provinces get billions.”
“And now, the Trudeau government is threatening to further penalize Saskatchewan and Alberta for not meeting their impossible net-zero electricity targets,” he charged.
“What kind of a national government acts like this?” Moe questioned. “It’s divisive, destructive and dangerous.”
Moe has previously warned that “fossil fuel phase-out by 2035″ is “going to make for an awfully cold house in Saskatoon on Jan. 1, 2036.”
Likewise, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has promised to keep using natural resources while refusing to implement the Trudeau government’s Clean Electricity Regulations.
“The draft federal 2035 net-zero power grid regulations are unconstitutional, irresponsible and do not align with Alberta’s emissions reduction and energy development plan that works towards a carbon-neutral power grid by 2050,” she stated.
Despite warnings that the new regulations will hurt Canadians and are impossible to implement, the Trudeau government has continued to push its environmental goals, which are in lockstep with the United Nations’ “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
The proposed plan includes phasing out coal-fired power plants, reducing fertilizer usage, and curbing natural gas use over the coming decades.
The reduction and eventual elimination of the use of so-called “fossil-fuels” and a transition to unreliable “green” energy has also been pushed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) – the globalist group behind the socialist “Great Reset” agenda – an organization which Trudeau and some of his cabinet are involved.
While Trudeau’s plan has been pushed under the guise of “sustainability,” his intention to decrease nitrous oxide emissions by limiting the use of fertilizer has been criticized by farmers. They say this will reduce profits and could even lead to food shortages.
Moreover, experts are warning that the Trudeau government’s new “clean fuel” regulations, which come into effect next year, will cost Canadian workers – many of whom are already struggling under decades-high inflation rates – an average $1,277 extra annually.