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Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Blogs

$35 B NSPS is wrong-headed- I agree w Tamara Lorincz (letter to Bob Rae)

from: Jan Slakov

Salt Spring Island, BC
V8K 1P5

Dear Bob Rae,

It is not too late to save billions of dollars which have been allocated for building new navy ships through the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).

I very much hope you will reconsider your support for this $35 BILLION expenditure. A Nov. 2012 report from the Blue Green Alliance Canada, More Bang for our Buck: How Canada can Create
More Energy Jobs and Reduce Pollution, shows that an investment of $1.3 billion would create 18,000 jobs in the clean energy sector.

We need to transform our energy systems as an urgent priority. The only good thing about having waited so long to act is that we can take advantage of the most up-to-date strategies and innovations. I urge you to look into the strategy proposed by economist Jeremy Rifkin, author of the NY Times bestseller, The Third Industrial Revolution; How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World and an advisor to political and business leaders in Europe, at the UN, also in San Antonio, Texas.

This first video is about 1/2 hr long and explains how serious climate change is and how we need to move towards an decentralized, collaborative energy and communications system.!

The longer video, below, gives a wider vision, showing how the shift to a more sustainable energy system fosters other societal goals, such as reducing the risk from war and terrorism and helping to advance what some have called the culture of peace. Humans are, fundamentally, empathic beings and the way we structure our energy and communications systems can support that aspect of our nature.

We know how grave the danger is. Even the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has spoken out strongly at the World Economic Summit early this year: “Unless we take action on climate change, future generations will be roasted, toasted, fried and grilled.”

I agree with Tamara Lorincz, a board member of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW), who stated in her letter to you:

We cannot waste tax dollars, time and resources on warships and fighter jets, tanks, armed drones and military
interventions. Under the NSPS, Canada will have approximately 21 warships in 20 years but will have wasted two
decades preparing for war instead of tackling catastrophic climate change and the growing disparity between the
rich and the poor. As well, we can more prudently deal with marine challenges under the UN Convention on the
Law of the Sea instead of with warships.

Then she asked: “Will you and your party provide greater oversight of the NSPS? Will you
reverse your support for the NSPS?”

I look forward to reading your answer, which VOW will post on its website, once they get it.

Sincere best wishes,

Jan Slakov