Denialism that will destroy Canada!

Brad Wall will be Premier of Saskatchewan for the next four years.  Before his recent re-election he stated his opposition to a carbon tax as a way of carbon pricing. Unhelpful but at least the door was open to discussion of alternative measures. Now that he has been re-elected he has gone further in what …

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Keystone approval: a bargain with the devil?

The world knows that Ambassador Doer has been a cheerleader for the Keystone pipeline. So his writing a support letter for Keystone XL is not really a news story.

What makes his letter to the US State Department interesting was a two line statement buried in a three page letter. Doer wrote:

“Our energy and environment officials are currently assessing common energy issues, including potential oil and gas issues, which we could usefully address together.”

At beginning of 2013, we reported on the efforts of a group of Canadian politicians who blitzed Washington pressuring for a favourable decision on Keystone XL.  During discussions with high-ranking members of the US administration hints were dropped that approval would be easier if the Canadian Government showed it was serious about regulating GHG emissions from the tar sands.

Premier Redford of Alberta was negative about further regulation.  She stated that she was proud of Alberta’s management of the tar sands.  She wrote a column for the business newspaper US Today  “Keystone was Responsible oil Sands Development.”

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Proud of What?

Alison Redford, the Premier of Alberta, has just returned from her Washington visit where she lobbied US politicians and administrators to approve the Keystone Pipeline. She also wrote a column for USA Today  under the caption: Keystone is responsible oil sands development.  In her column she stated:

“I’m proud to say Alberta applauds and shares the President’s strong desire to address climate change and we’re already taking action.”

She used “proud” in connection with Alberta’s record.  Go to the on line version of her comments and see if proud is a word you would have used.

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