Bill Casey – Environmental Strategy
Cumberland County has the potential to become the greenest county in the country which would result in significant economic benefits for the local area. Cumberland North Liberal Candidate Bill Casey says he would be striving to make that happen if he is elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature in the August 17th provincial election. Casey brings a wealth of experience and knowledge on environmental issues to the table with his work at the federal level. The former MP says this county should be a leader in the further development of renewable energy sources like wind, solar, tidal and geothermal. Casey says he will also be working to promote Cumberland County as one of Canada’s hydrogen hubs.
Over the last three years, Natural Resources Canada has been engaging with stakeholder groups, provincial and territorial governments and Indigenous partners to develop a strategy that will set us on the path to meet our climate change goals of becoming net-zero by 2050. This will position Canada as a world-leading producer, user and exporter of clean hydrogen, and associated technologies.
“I want to see Nova Scotia and in particular Cumberland County tapping into these federal incentives that come with a hydrogen hub”, Casey added.
The Cumberland North Liberal candidate says it is also critical that the region addresses our most pressing environmental concern right now which is rising sea levels that threaten the marshland dykes on the Isthmus of Chignecto. “Our transportation corridor is very vulnerable and it would be an economic catastrophe if this link were compromised in any way” he said.
Casey believes that with his well-established connections with politicians and bureaucrats at all levels of government, he will be able to make inroads on the environmental front. “I have worked collaboratively with the Premiers of both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the past and I have had a good working relationship with both Mayors Murray Scott and David Kogon.”
Casey added that Canada’s energy sector is critical to supporting the restart and recovery of the Canadian economy as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. “This county can play a major role in that recovery”, he concluded.