Okay so I believe you now. What can I do?

This is where the fun stuff really happens. And by fun I mean tedious, and by happens I mean crawls along at the snails pace of provincial bureaucracy and politics. Unfortunately however, there is only one way of pushing along the progress of promoting nuclear energy into mainstream acceptance and that is by pestering every politician that you can.

Luckily I can help with that! What I have here are 4 form letters penned by yours truly that you can fill out on your computer and send to your MLA via email, regular mail, or carrier pigeon if that is your personal style. You can find your MLAs contact information here:

you can search either by their name if you know it, or by riding if you do not know who your MLA is.

The reason I have 4 form letters is because I believe that though there might be more people than most would think who are pro nuclear, not everyone might be pro-nuclear for the same reason. So to that end I have made these letters to attempt to capture the diversity of potential viewpoints and reasons why a person might be pro nuclear. We have the Climate Change option, the Economic Diversity option, the Technology Advantage option, and the Environmental Stewardship option. I will copy the documents into this post at the bottom of this post so you don’t need to read all of them or scroll past them to get through this post.

Now I know most of us are really lazy and don’t really want to go through all the work of filling out a form letter and sending it to our MLAs ourselves which is why I am working with Eric G. Mayer and Generation Atomic to make a digital automated form that will be accessible from the top bar of the Alberta Nuclear Nucleus site that should allow you to simply input your name, riding and email address and then auto fill the letter or letters of your choosing and send them to your MLA, the premier and/or any cabinet minister of your choosing. I hope to get this up and running soon but until then you’ll jsut have to copy and paste the text below into your preferred word editing program.

Now for those of you that feel email is not modern enough I also have a tweet template here for you to use. Just fill in the twitter handle of the alberta politician you wish to bug and send it away.

[Insert Alberta MLA of choice here] I am in support of a homegrown #Alberta #Nuclear industry. I urge you to step up and help secure Alberta’s economic and environmental future by promoting nuclear energy today to ensure a thriving economy and environment for Albertans tomorrow and into the future. #ANN

I hope that with these we can start not only getting people to take notice of nuclear, but pushing for it to take a leading role in building a bright future for everyone.

Also if any group, organization, company, government, alien species believes that any of these letters aligns with their beliefs, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and add your voice to these letters. I hope to have a nice list of groups to append to the bottom of these letters when the auto system goes live and I will keep the letters updated as time goes on so don’t think you’ve missed an opportunity.

Edit: thank you homergaus for pointing out my flaws in ettiquette of address. I’m just going to post your insightful comment here for everyone to read.

Correction please in the form letters. The term Rgt Honourable is reserved for the Prime Minister in the Federal Government. Attached formal suggestions. Like flying the flag in the right place these titles should be correct
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How to Address and Send Your Letter
When addressing your letter, be sure to use the right honorific. Address the prime minister as “The Rt. Honourable” and start the letter with “Dear Prime Minister.” Cabinet ministers and premiers should be addressed as “The Honourable” and their letters should begin with “Dear Minister.” MLAs or MPs should be addressed as “Mr. surname MLA” or “Ms. surname MP.”

Climate Change Form Letter

To [Name of MLA Here],

As a Citizen in the riding of [Name of Riding Here] I am writing to you today about concerns I have for Alberta’s future.

Given the changing climate due to the effects of human civilization, It is imperative that Alberta begin to forge ahead in reducing our impact on the environment. Specifically, our energy generation sector should being to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, primarily Carbon Dioxide but also inclusive of other oxides such as those of nitrogen and sulphur, and especially of gaseous methane which contributes significantly more per kg to the greenhouse effect than the more commonly reviled carbon dioxide. We need to manage these emissions in a sustainable manner, balancing our energy needs with the negative effects of emissions.

All of these chemicals are emitted by the production and combustion of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and natural gas, thus I feel that pursuing a change to a low carbon power generation sector comprised of Nuclear, geothermal, and distributed solar energy is the most prudent course of action that leverages Alberta’s skilled trades workforce to its utmost.

To this end I support:

  1. The inclusion of nuclear in all energy subsidy programs currently open to other energy generation industries
  2. The investigation of how including nuclear energy as a majority provider of energy in Alberta will affect energy prices and grid stability for Alberta
  3. The encouraging of our universities, colleges, and vocational institutions to include topics pertaining to nuclear science, engineering and technology.
  4. Public support and participation by the provincial government for the SMR Roadmap https://smrroadmap.ca/

I thank you for your time in considering this topic and look forward to seeing your office take action in pursuit of these requests in order to provide Alberta with a stable and advanced future.

Sincerely,
[Name]
[Address]

Economic Diversification Form Letter

To [Name of MLA Here],

As a Citizen in the riding of [Name of Riding Here] I am writing to you today about concerns I have for Alberta’s future.

Alberta has recently been weathering the tribulations of inconstant and depressed markets for our largest exports, namely oil and other petrochemicals. While no ones argues the vital role that the Alberta Oil Sands have provided in bolstering Alberta’s economy, it has become harder to ignore over the past decade that having such a large amount of our economy dependant on a single, externally influenced industry is unacceptably volatile for a population to feel comfortable with.

To counter this, the addition of another strong energy industry such as nuclear power that leverages the considerable capabilities of Alberta’s tradespeople, professionals, entrepreneurs, and scientists is of paramount importance in securing the stable prosperity of our economy. Alberta’s great natural richness in materials, capability in industrial project coordination, capacity for growth in manufacturing, and world-class scientific community and institutions makes our province a perfect environment for building a nuclear industry. A nuclear industry that can be cooperative with the Oil and Gas industry in promoting economic growth and environmental conscientiousness, while also being competitive for the workers who choose to live here helping to blunt the worst of the volatility in global oil markets on the livelihoods of those same Albertans.

To this end I support:

  1. The inclusion of nuclear in all energy subsidy programs currently open to other energy generation industries.
  2. The investigation of how including nuclear energy as a majority provider of energy in Alberta will affect energy prices and grid stability for Albertans
  3. The encouraging of our universities, colleges, and vocational institutions to include topics pertaining to nuclear science, engineering and technology.
  4. Public support and participation by the provincial government for the SMR Roadmap https://smrroadmap.ca/

I thank you for your time in considering this topic and look forward to seeing your office take action in pursuit of these requests in order to provide Alberta with a stable and advanced future.

Sincerely,
[Name]
[Address]

Environmental Stewardship Form Letter

To [Name of MLA Here],

As a Citizen in the riding of [Name of Riding Here] I am writing to you today about concerns I have for Alberta’s future.

Alberta has a vibrant history of environmental responsibility. From the founding of the first national park almost 140 years ago, to the formation of APEGA in 1920 to help protect not only the people, but also the natural landscape and environment of Alberta. The livelihood of Albertans has always been tightly connected to the care we take of our province.

With this in mind I stand in support of the investment of effort into promoting and creating a nuclear industry in Alberta as a method to protect our wild and public lands from unnecessary development without sacrificing economic growth. Due to nuclear energy’s high density we can produce the energy required to not only power Alberta but fuel it’s growth in all sectors of the economy. And this is possible without requiring the development of thousands of square kilometers of otherwise untouched landscape or protected wildlands, allowing local Albertans, tourists from all walks of life, and our native wildlife to enjoy the natural beauty of our province.

To this end I support:

  1. The inclusion of nuclear in all energy subsidy programs currently open to other energy generation industries
  2. The investigation of how including nuclear energy as a majority provider of energy in Alberta will affect energy prices and grid stability for Alberta
  3. The encouraging of our universities, colleges, and vocational institutions to include topics pertaining to nuclear science, engineering and technology.
  4. Public support and participation by the provincial government for the SMR Roadmap https://smrroadmap.ca/

I thank you for your time in considering this topic and look forward to seeing your office take action in pursuit of these requests in order to provide Alberta with a stable and advanced future.

Sincerely,
[Name]
[Address]

Technology Advantage Form Letter

To [Name of MLA Here],

As a Citizen in the riding of [Name of Riding Here] I am writing to you today about concerns I have for Alberta’s future.

Alberta has always been at the forefront of technology in the energy sector and in our commitment to preserving our natural ecosystems. It is time that we as a province look beyond what we already have done, and forward towards what we can do in the future to maintain this position among our peers in Canada and the world. I believe that Alberta has a strong foundation in the energy industry and global markets, but to not attempt to expand our realms of expertise will only leave us, our job market, and our economy at the whims of others who did.

We can take the skills that Alberta’s professionals and tradespeople have in abundance, and grow our energy industry beyond merely fossil fuels and into nuclear technology both traditional and advanced. We can expand the uses of our energy industry in supporting new innovative technologies and businesses that will be poised to lead the way for the rest of the world as we transition off of fossil fuels. This will have the added benefit of allowing the creation of petroleum products that would have been uneconomical when so much of oil and gas production was earmarked for fuel and other energy combustion. Thus ensuring that the inevitable shift away from fossil fuels on a global scale will have as minimal an impact as possible on our petrochemical industries.

To this end I support:

  1. The inclusion of nuclear in all energy subsidy programs currently open to other energy generation industries
  2. The investigation of how including nuclear energy as a majority provider of energy in Alberta will affect energy prices and grid stability for Alberta
  3. The encouraging of our universities, colleges, and vocational institutions to include topics pertaining to nuclear science, engineering and technology.
  4. Public support and participation by the provincial government for the SMR Roadmap https://smrroadmap.ca/

I thank you for your time in considering this topic and look forward to seeing your office take action in pursuit of these requests in order to provide Alberta with a stable and advanced future.

Sincerely,
[Name]
[Address]

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  1. Correction please in the form letters. Theterm Rgt Honourable is reserved for the Priime Minister in the Federal Government. Attached fomal suggestions. Like flying the flag in the right place these titles should bc correct

    Code Clements

    Cherry Grove AB

     

    How to Address and Send Your Letter

    When addressing your letter, be sure to use the right honorific. Address the prime minister as “The Rt. Honourable” and start the letter with “Dear Prime Minister.” Cabinet ministers and premiers should be addressed as “The Honourable” and their letters should begin with “Dear Minister.” MLAs or MPs should be addressed as “Mr. surname MLA” or “Ms. surname MP.”

     

    Sent: Friday, May 17, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ahhh thank you for the quick lesson on ettiquite. I wasn’t really sure about the proper use so I figured that being more formal was a safe bet but I will change it up!

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  2.   PS. If you are going to take the trouble to write form letters, it is imperative they get certain things correct, like correct titles. All of yours were wrong. Google will answer it and I knew the only the Prime Minister of Canada and his predecessors is addressed as the Right Honourable., Code. PS Don't forget the u in honourable

    Sent: Friday, May 17, 2019 at 6:47 PM

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