Province Asks For Public Input On Energy Policy Climate Change

first_imgThe province is asking Nova Scotians for input into energy and greenhouse-gas reduction policies. Energy Minister Bill Dooks announced today, Oct. 22, that his department is updating its 2001 Energy Strategy and also creating a new Climate Change Action Plan. “We’re committed to growing our economy and cutting emissions at the same time,” said Mr. Dooks. “To get there, we need a plan grounded in reality –- to create real opportunities for Nova Scotians and to make the changes we need to thrive, both now and in the future. That plan must involve input from Nova Scotians.” The province has created two documents, entitled “Consultation Paper: Nova Scotia’s Renewed Energy Strategy” and “A Background Paper to Guide Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Action Plan,” to help inform public discussion. The first deals with broad energy policy and the second mostly with climate change –- especially action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The information gathered through written submission and public consultation supported by these two documents will be used to create the Energy Strategy and the Climate Action Plan. Consultation on both is scheduled for this fall, with release dates scheduled for spring 2008. “Both plans will share the same goal — to meet the 2020 deadline for cutting our greenhouse-gas emissions to 10 per cent below 1990 levels, while continuing to see our economy grow,” said Mr. Dooks. “Our province’s homegrown energy resources will play a major role in meeting these goals, from wind to natural gas to tidal. But, our greatest resource will be the creativity and determination of Nova Scotians.” The consultation and background documents are available on-line at: www.gov.ns.ca/energy/energystrategy or by calling 902-424-8090. Reference copies will be mailed shortly to Nova Scotia libraries. Submissions can be made electronically to: [email protected] (for the Energy Strategy), [email protected] (for the Climate Change Action Plan). Submissions can be made in writing to: Department of Energy, Energy Strategy/Climate Change Action Plan, 400-5151 George St., P.O. Box 2664, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3P7. The deadline for written submissions is Dec. 12. Please check the website in the coming weeks for consultation dates and locations.last_img read more

Opinion Ohio States College Football Playoff chance still alive but slim

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff and Tommy Bain, chairman of the Stadium Events Organizing Committee speak at a press conference to announce the events surrounding the National Championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Aug. 29.Credit: Courtesy of MCTJust two months ago, the Ohio State football team was ranked in the Associated Press top five with a Heisman trophy candidate at quarterback, and it had been picked by many to appear in the first-ever College Football Playoff.My, how things have changed.Some expected the worst following senior quarterback Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury while others remained optimistic that the Scarlet and Gray could still make a run at a national title. As of now, neither group is right or wrong.The Buckeyes currently sit at 4-1 (1-0) and are tied atop the East Division of the Big Ten. Outside of a less-than-impressive performance in a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has filled in admirably for OSU, and should his play continue, there is an outside chance that he could still lead his team into a national semifinal game.On the other hand, things could very easily go south for the Buckeyes.Following a homecoming matchup with Rutgers on Oct. 18, OSU is scheduled to play three straight night games, two of which are on the road and in traditionally hostile environments.Trips to State College, Pa., and East Lansing, Mich., loom as the Buckeyes’ biggest regular season tests. And how Barrett handles himself during those games could be the difference between staying in playoff contention, and watching the Big Ten title game from the couch.There is no denying that the Buckeyes seem to be hitting full stride, but once again the poor strength of schedule rears its ugly head. Who have the Buckeyes really played that jump off the page? The only game I can think of is the matchup with the Hokies, and if you ask me, that game could have been a lot uglier for Barrett and company.Think of what we could be talking about had OSU beaten the Hokies. There is a good chance the Buckeyes could be ranked as high as No. 3 in the country, as everyone ranked in front of them prior to the Virginia Tech game aside from Florida State and Auburn has since lost.Think about if the Buckeyes had prepared for the bear defense the Hokies threw at them like they have since. OSU senior wide receiver Devin Smith said following a win against Maryland that he is surprised teams still line up in that defense because of how successful the Buckeyes have been against it since the Virginia Tech game.If you thought you would hear that kind of statement anytime after the way things unfolded in Columbus on Sept. 6, give yourself a pat on the back.So as the Buckeyes sit on the outside looking in for now, don’t count them out just yet, but don’t pencil them in either.Just sit back, (try to) relax and enjoy the remainder of the college football season. read more