Terra Bloga: Green Jobs and Public Transit in Alberta

This week on Terra Bloga Myles expands on David Kaczan’s interview with  city councilor Don Iveson about the recent developments at city hall for the expansion of Edmonton’s light rail transit (LRT) system.

The job creation side of this debate has largely  been ignored or underplayed to date. This is largely because the provincial government has  chosen not to engage in the rhetoric of job creation  or entertain stimulus politics, something  that is pervasive in most other jurisdictions responses to the economic crisis….In addition to the immediate environmental benefits of reducing global carbon emissions and local smog, public transportation, such as the LRT system, offers profound socio-economic benefits in our current economic recession. By investing in public transit development as a combined economic stimulus and climate change policy, both policy goals can be achieved faster and more efficiently.

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