Sue Adams is a researcher and librarian at St. Francis Xavier University, and social activist, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Read her full submission here:
The development of a new fossil fuel industry would fly in the face of the well-researched, progressive approach to our economic and energy future taken by the Nova Scotia government – an approach supported by Nova Scotians and reinforced by international trends.
At best, hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in Nova Scotia could promise (and possibly deliver) short-term economic benefits. However, despite ongoing technical improvements, this is not a forward-looking or sustainable industry. The world is of necessity moving beyond fossil fuels, and Nova Scotia has already identified and embarked on a more positive and sustainable path. We are in a position of leadership that we should not abandon.