More Clean Electricity for Nova Scotias Grid

The provincial and federal governments are working together to add more clean, renewable electricity in the province to power federal facilities. An agreement signed today, Aug. 1, will help the federal government reach its goal of using 100 per cent clean electricity in all federally owned facilities by 2025. It is estimated that projects will need to generate about 100,000 megawatt hours of new renewable electricity. That is enough energy to power about 10,000 homes a year. “Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “This investment will mean we can add more clean energy to our grid, support jobs, create opportunities for businesses to grow and protect the environment for future generations.” The province will lead an open, transparent and fair process to build new renewable energy projects. The electricity generated will be purchased by the Government of Canada, at a fair price, to meet its energy needs. “This partnership will ensure a fair rate for the long-term supply of clean electricity for federal buildings, set the stage for a sustainable clean energy model for the future and leverage partnerships with Indigenous Peoples on clean electricity solutions,” said MP Sean Fraser, on behalf of Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough. This will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal facilities in Nova Scotia. This includes the Canadian Forces Base in Halifax, which accounts for about 70 per cent of the federal government’s electrical use in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia has one of the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in the country of reducing emissions by 45 to 50 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Also, the amount of renewable electricity on Nova Scotia’s grid has tripled over the past 12 years. read more

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan PALOMINO VALLEY, Nev. – President Donald Trump’s budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won’t be resold for slaughter.Wild-horse advocates say the change would gut nearly a half-century of protection for an icon of the American West and could send thousands of free-roaming mustangs to foreign slaughterhouses for processing as food.They say the Trump administration is kowtowing to livestock interests who don’t want the region’s estimated 59,000 mustangs competing for precious forage across more than 40,000 square miles (103,600 square kilometres) of rangeland in 10 states managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.The budget proposal marks the latest skirmish in the decades-old controversy pitting ranchers and rural communities against groups that want to protect the horses from Colorado to California.“This is simply a way to placate a very well-funded and vocal livestock lobby,” Laura Leigh, president of the non-profit protection group Wild Horse Education, said about the plan.The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and other interests have been urging the BLM for years to allow sales of wild horses for slaughter to free up room in overcrowded government corrals for the capture of more animals.Doug Busselman, executive vice-president of the Nevada Farm Bureau, blamed the stalemate on the “emotional and anti-management interests who have built their business models on preventing rational and responsible actions while enhancing their fundraising through misinformation.”Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama also grappled with the spiraling costs of managing the nearly 60,000 horses on the range and 45,000 others in U.S. holding pens and contracted private pastures.Over the past eight years, the BLM’s wild-horse budget has more than doubled — from $36.2 million in 2008 to $80.4 million in 2017.Trump’s proposal anticipates the $10 million savings would come through a reduction in the cost of containing and feeding the animals. The savings also would include cutbacks involving roundups and contraception programs.The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act allows older, unadoptable animals to be sold. But for years, Congress has approved budget language specifically outlawing the sale of any wild horses for slaughter.Horse slaughterhouses are prohibited in the U.S. but legal in many other countries, including Canada, Mexico and parts of Europe where horse meat is considered a delicacy.A year ago, then-BLM Director Neil Kornze said the horses represented a $1 billion budget problem for his agency because it costs $50 million to round up and house every 10,000 horses over their lifetime.Still, he said the agency had no intention of reversing the long-standing policy.The Trump administration wants a change, saying through the BLM that the “program is unsustainable and a new approach is needed, particularly when overall federal funding is so constrained.”It says the budget would allow the agency to manage the wild-horse program in a more cost-effective manner, “including the ability to conduct sales without limitation.”The BLM rounded up more than 7,000 horses in 2012, but only about 3,000 in each of the past two years due primarily to budget constraints.As of March, the BLM estimated that more than half the horses roaming the range — 34,780 — were in Nevada. An additional 13,191 burros were on the range — about half in Arizona.The BLM asserts that U.S. rangeland can sustain fewer than 27,000 horses and burros.“The original intent of the act was to make sure those animals had a healthy presence on the range, but also that they be kept at a number that is sustainable,” said Ethan Lane, executive director of the National Cattlemen’s public lands council. “You have horses starving to death … and irreversible damage to Western rangelands.”The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Trump’s budget proposal was shocking.“Wild horses can and should be humanely managed on-range using simple fertility control, yet the BLM would rather make these innocent animals pay for draconian budget cuts with their very lives,” ASPCA President Matt Bershadker said.Suzanne Roy, executive director of the American Wild Horse Campaign, said the plan could put the horses on the brink of extinction.“America can’t be great if these national symbols of freedom are destroyed,” she said. by Scott Sonner, The Associated Press Posted May 25, 2017 7:29 am MDT Last Updated May 25, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 13, 2010 file photo, two young wild horses play while grazing in Reno, Nev. Wild horse advocates say President Trump’s new budget proposal would undermine protection of an icon of the American West in place for nearly a half century and could send up sending thousands of free-roaming mustangs to slaughter houses in Canada and Mexico. (Andy Barron/Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP) read more