ENERGY?

LiUNA members build energy systems from natural gas extraction to solar panels. LiUNA members assist in the construction and maintenance of power plants and substations, digging trenches for lines and backfilling, road repair after line installation, and supporting infrastructure such as oil and gas pipelines. Members also have skills in new technologies and are trained installers of solar panels, wind turbines, and green roofs, as well as building retrofit specialists and energy auditors.

 

Reshaping the Energy Future

Canada will continue to be dependent on a variety of energy resources, including; oil, natural gas, wind, solar and nuclear power. LiUNA supports an “all-of-the-above” energy policy. Becoming less reliant on oil from hostile nations by developing North America’s energy resources will improve our economy to fund green energy projects while creating jobs and strengthening national security.

Oil and natural gas – which supply 62 percent of our energy today – will provide much of the energy we need in the decades to come and are important components of the “all-of-the-above” approach.

The largest share of government revenues is collected from the oil and gas industry, which averaged $20.3 billion over the last five years, including $17.7 billion from upstream oil and gas extraction and its support activities.

Source: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/sites/www.nrcan.gc.ca/files/energy/pdf/EnergyFactBook_2016_17_En.pdf

Climate Change

A balanced and comprehensive energy policy must include the expansion of our nation’s pipeline infrastructure through safe pipeline construction practices that adhere to environment policies. The solution to climate change is comprehensive climate change legislation.

LiUNA has been on the forefront of supporting climate change legislation with carbon reduction targets as high as any other union. However, attempts to derail energy production project-by-project, as some in the environmental movement advocate, won’t impact climate change and will only stall creation of desperately needed jobs.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is derived from natural processes that are replenished at a rate that is equal or faster than the rate at which they are consumed. There are various forms of renewable energy, deriving directly or indirectly from the sun, or from heat generated deep within the earth.

There are various forms of renewable energy currently being used across Canada, they include energy generated from; solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydropower and ocean resources, solid biomass, biogas and liquid biofuels.

LiUNA members have been part of the construction of some of the largest renewable energy projects in Canadian history. With wind and solar energy the fastest growing sources of energy production in the country, there is no doubt you will find LiUNA members.

Source: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/facts/renewable-energy/20069

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Coronavirus Preparation and Response Fact Sheet - Updated March 20, 2020

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