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    Saturday, December 06, 2014

    CANADA’S NEW ENERGY JOBS TOP OIL SANDS JOBS

    Clean energy provides more jobs than oilsands, report says; B.C., Quebec and Ontario polish Canada's renewables record, but Ottawa criticized

    December 2, 2014 CBC News

    "Renewable energy has experienced big growth in Canada in the last five years, so much so that employment in the sector outstrips employment in the oilsands…[Clean Energy Canada’s Tracking the Energy Revolution] estimates $24 billion has been invested in the past five years, mainly because of renewable initiatives in the power sector…Employment in the clean energy sector – which encompasses hydro power, as well as wind, solar and biomass – is up 37 per cent to 23,700 people. That compares with 22,340 employed in the oilsands…Wind, solar, run-of-river, and biomass energy has grown by 93 per cent since 2009, albeit off a very low base…The impact of the falling price of oil should be a warning to Canada that federal economic policy is overly reliant on oil…In 2013, Canada ranked 7th in the G20 in clean energy investment, up from 12th in 2012. Total investment was $6.5 billion for the year, with substantial amounts of money going to wind and solar…[The bulk] is a result of Ontario and Quebec’s investments in wind and solar power and B.C.’s investment in new hydro power. But there is also substantial private sector investment, mainly from Germany and Japan, in green energy…The report advocates a move to renewable power generation in Alberta, which has reliable sunshine and wind alternatives, and Saskatchewan, which is still using coal…” click here for more

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