Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mr. Cullen's petition disposition

The MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley took to his twitter feed on Thursday, quick to spread the word about the latest proposal from his party when it comes to fossil fuels, our reliance on them and the NDP's belief of a better way to spend some money.

The tweet directs his followers (and those that might stumble across his tweets) to the NDP's petition, designed to raise awareness and eventually we imagine, to stop the spending of more than 1.3 billion dollars a year by the Conservatives in subsidies to Canada's oil and gas companies.

From the petition website the NDP make a number of observations on their impression of the  Conservative's environmental record of late, everything from changes to environmental legislation, to the withdrawal from the Kyoto treaty.

The main scope of the petition preamble however, is to outline a number of points that the NDP are raising in their quest for a more sustainable future.

While they do suggest that  they have a better plan, they don't offer the position paper up as part of their petition process.

Though if you desire, there is an option to receive further NDP e-updates in the future. Which we imagine would provide for the information desired.

As for the petition, among their key petition points:

The Prime Minister has broken the clear commitment he made at the G20 meeting in 2009 to phase out the giveaways.

These subsidies create perverse incentives for high-emission energy sources, discouraging investment in greener, renewable alternatives.

This money could create thousands of green jobs and help fight climate change if it were invested in renewable energy, clean technology or energy efficiency.

The full petition can be viewed from the NDP's petition portal here.

The process, which seems to just be in its incubation phase at the moment, will most likely have no problem finding the requisite clicks of the converted.

Whether the NDP can expand their reach beyond that of the regular supporters, will be an interesting thing to follow as they engage in a little participatory online petitioning.

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