Despite an increased understanding that energy policy and environmental policy must go hand in hand, this often fails to happen in practice. “When it comes to green infrastructure projects, privatization is often presented as the only option. This is nothing short of a lie,” added Fleury. “Energy privatization, as is being attempted in Ontario, reduces our control over energy resources and pulls us away from an energy democracy.”
The fight to keep Hydro One public in Ontario is a key example of all of these issues, and CUPE has been a major part of the coalition continuing to fight against this sale and ensure that energy services remain public services.