Streicker is no cult leader

Streicker is no cult leader In his recent commentary in the Whitehorse Star ("Where is the Green Party on fracking," 19 Feb 2014), author Peter Becker directs personal attacks on past Green Party candidate John Streicker. While Mr. Becker is entitled to

In his recent commentary in the Whitehorse Star (“Where is the Green Party on fracking,” 19 Feb 2014), author Peter Becker directs personal attacks on past Green Party candidate John Streicker. While Mr. Becker is entitled to his opinion, I take issue with the defamatory nature of his personal remarks, frequent misquotes, factual inaccuracies, and insinuations.

The Yukon Riding Association of the Green Party of Canada strongly reaffirms that our energy policies prioritize renewable energy sources and an ongoing transition away from fossil fuels.

Moreover, we believe that clean water is a precious natural resource to be guarded. For these reasons, we oppose the practice of hydraulic fracturing.

The Green Party values participatory democracy, and therefore encourages a diversity of opinions within our unity.

What is John Streicker’s position on fracking? He has long voiced his opposition to fracking. Most recently, his submission to the Yukon Legislative Assembly Select Committee on the Risks and Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing pointed out the significant risks of fugitive methane emissions and groundwater contamination.

Streicker applies his scientific approach to recommend regulations which lessen the potential impact of pre-existing oil and gas projects and safeguard against further environmental degradation. Mr. Streicker has also been trying to promote positive dialogue on use and regulation for all sectors of energy use.

We recognize Mr. Becker as a passionate stalwart for environmental causes. Unfortunately, Mr. Becker has misquoted, edited, and taken out of context John’s words. We sincerely hope that Mr. Becker’s advocacy will continue in a constructive, rather than a destructive fashion.

Personally, I’ve known John Streicker for 10 years and I’ve seen him work at whatever is at hand with respect, integrity, and positive energy. If recognizing that makes me a cult member, as has been suggested, sign me up.

Gerald Haase

CEO, Yukon Federal Green Party

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