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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Thurtday, 27, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 Why Canadians should start saving energy NATURE has made us a gift of waterfalls, coal, natural gas, petroleum and uranium. But we're spendthrifts with our resources. We gobble them up. In all the world, only the United States uses more energy per person. The Prime Minister is calling for a new conservation ethic across Canada. More self-discipline. Many share his view. "Conservation is now an important part of Canada's overall energy policy." "While we Canadians have enjoyed an exceptionally high standard of living, we have not been as careful in the use of energy resources as have many other countries. However. I do not think that we are alone in needing to absorb the hard lessons of prudence in the management of these resources. Threats to the global environment, and the dramatic increase in monetary costs of energy, are inducing a sobering recognition of the need for improved management of the world's energy resources. "Conservation is now an important part of Canada's overall energy policy. I wish to make clear that this will be a permanent policy -not a contingency plan enacted in a crisis. We are developing a five-phase program to cope with these times of high-cost resources, to involve all Canadians in a program of energy conservation and to provide a stable energy future and high quality of life for all Canadians. I believe this, program will be welcomed. "I believe the Canadian public is in a mood to consider realistic options for the efficient use of energy. "People are looking for guidance on how they can be less wasteful in the use of depleting resources, and are willing to accept minor changes in lifestyles now, rather than suffer a waning standard of living in the Hon. Donald S. Macdonald Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources uranium and coal mines, gas wells, oil wells and pipelines. It amounts to an investment of about for every family in Canada. Annual per capita energy consumption by country. 1971 data, millions of BTU's Only the United States has a bigger energy appetite than Canada.The people of Sweden, France, United Kingdom and Japan all use less energy per person than we do. How much energy should we save? If we continue to consume at our present rate, we'll need twice as much in 12 years.That means our energy-producing capacity must also double in 12 years. Economists calculate that to keep up with our appetite, capital costs will soar to over 100 billion over the next 10 years. Money for new generators, dams, powerlines. 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 At our'present rate of growth in consumption we'll need twice as much energy in 12 years, about four times as much by the year 2000. A cut-back of 20% in expected demand by 1985issurelyaicalisticgoal.Beyond 1985 even greater savings are possible. There are dozens of thoughtless ways in which we waste our homes, industries, government and commercial buildings, and in transportation. The savings can be achieved simply. Turn oh" the television set when your show is over. Walk to the corner store.Take public transit to work. Keep your furnace clean. Insulate your home. Weatherstrip doors and windows. You can save from to right there-plus the energy. If you are a leader of industry, an engineer, a housing developer, or an architectural planner, look into building designs which have lower requirements for heating and cooling. By introducing conservation measures in existing plants, industrial processes and offices you can also cut operating costs. Remember when von stive energy, YOU save money. are not asked to suffer, but we are asked to be reasonable." "All of the resources we now lake from tlie earth come at an enormous price. This price is in effect a distress signal, a warning that thoughtless exploi- tation can in the end lead only to tragedy. To con- tinue our present rate of energy' consumption would he to deplete in short order the heritage of countless centuries, to squander mankind's only legacy on this small and finite planet. "What we face now is not deprivation, hut the challenge of sharing. We need not do without, hut we must be eo'od stewards ol" what we have. To ensure nature's continued bounty, we are noi asked lo sutler, hut we are asked to be reasonable" Kl. Hon. Pierre Tmdfau Prime Minister "Should we waste as much as we "As a result of the extraordinary progress matte over the last several decades in developing food and energy, we came to regard them as relatively cheap and abundant. That has all changed in the space of a few short years. We have becpme pain- fully aware that our capacity to produce both these essentials is not unlimited. The growing scarcity of these resources compels us to husband them wisely. "On a world scale, it is not just an economic problem. It is a.moral issue, because for many peo- ple and for many countries it is survival which is at stake. Many countries haven't enough energy to meet the basic needs of their people. Millions of people haven't enough to eat. For Canadians (his is not a question of economics; it is a matter nl'conscience. "Should we live as high as we do? "Should we. waste as much as we do? "Don't we have a duty to conserve believe these are matters for the conscience and private conduct of 23 million Hon. John Tamer Minister of Finance A conservation plan for the '70s The Canadian Government has already taken steps to put its own house in order As part of an overall program the Department of National Defence recommended lowering building temperatures to 68 degrees during the day and 65 degrees at night. In a year they saved 5 million gallons of fuel oil worth over A new computer program is ".tuning" Government buildings for energy efficiency. And research has been stepped up on several fronts. The Government is meeting with Provincial Governments to enlist their support and with industries, fuel producers and suppliers to explore ways of increasing energy efficiency in manufacturing and heating. A program of energy conservation standards, guidelines, taxes and other measures is being designed and implemented to attack the causes of energy waste in our society. Energy conservation will also play an important role in future transportation, urban and industrial policies. For the Canadian public, the Government will be releasing a series of helpful, informative messages and information pamphlets. They will tell, in easy detail, how each of us can cut down on our use of save from to a year in the bargain. By making modest energy savings now, we can improve our environment and way of life far into the future. Energy, Mines and Resources Canada Hon. Donald S. Macdonald Minister ;