To the editor,
Re: Natural gas won’t be main heat source in new homes, Sept. 6.
The forest fires this summer were overwhelming. The loss of life and property, anxiety and upheaval were tantamount to a crisis worthy of invoking the Emergency Measures Act in B.C. But to complement that angst, we have seen a fantastic reaction from emergency responders, community organizers, neighbours, friends and strangers coming together to assist each other in times of need. Humans are amazing at adapting to a crisis. When we are faced with adversity, we buckle down and do what is needed. What we humans are not so good at is responding to long-term problems that can be put off until later. It’s hard to see the forest when all the trees are on fire. But the forest, and indeed our civilization is in need of climate action.
Thus, I want to congratulate the province in bringing in the zero carbon step code for 2030 and Nanaimo council for accelerating that implementation to 2024. The code will significantly reduce the amount of CO2 spewing into our atmosphere. It is that kind of bold action for the future that just might save us further climate emergencies down the road.
Brian Short, Nanaimo
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Home energy choices shouldn’t be up to council
To the editor,
I would like to commend Nanaimo city council for adopting the recent policy to eliminate natural gas as the main heating source in mid 2024 for any new residential builds. It is about time that a city in B.C. was courageous enough to make a very tough decision to reduce harmful emissions. B.C. has one of the cleanest hydro-generation networks in North America and we should utilize that option whenever possible. I just hope the Regional District of Nanaimo has the foresight to do the same thing.
Chris Price, Nanoose Bay
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