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Billythreefeathers
07-25-2017, 05:35 PM
Flawed strategy of making Alberta great again: Steward

The United Conservative Party does not have not much on offer that speaks to any of the real challenges that Alberta, and Canada, will face for years to come.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/07/25/flawed-strategy-of-making-alberta-great-again-steward.html

Last October, former Harper cabinet minister Jason Kenney rode his white horse back to Alberta, determined to save the people from the horrors of the NDP government and get himself elected premier.

So far, Kenney’s scheme is on track. But there’s still a long stretch to go before his quest is accomplished. And while Albertans naturally hew to conservative views it’s not a given that enough of them will take to the brand of conservatism now on offer.


Kenney got himself elected leader of the once-mighty Alberta Progressive Conservatives after they were left in tatters by Rachel Notley’s NDP in 2015. Then he convinced the other conservative party — Wildrose — which also happens to be the official opposition, to agree to merge into a new party if that’s what current party members wanted.

On Saturday, members of both parties overwhelmingly endorsed the plan. With both PCs and Wildrose reporting 95 per cent support among members. Many of those voters had recently purchased memberships in both parties and that allowed them to vote as a PC and a Wildroser.

The next step is a leadership race in October to see who will lead the United Conservative Party.

Does this mean Notley and the NDP are done in Alberta? That they should resign themselves to being one-term wonders? It might. After all, the conservative parties garnered more of the popular vote (52 per cent) in 2015 than the NDP (41 per cent).

But judging from both the Wildrose and PC platforms as expounded by their leaders during the run up to the unity vote, electing this new conservative hybrid would mean taking one giant step backward to the era of Ralph Klein, minus a high price for oil.

It would mean deep cuts to government programs and services at a time when unemployment is already high in Alberta.


It would mean repealing the carbon tax — repeal would be the new government’s first bill.

It would mean relishing battle with the federal government on almost any issue, including carbon taxes, pipelines, environmental regulations, and equalization payments.

Right after the successful unity vote Wildrose leader Brian Jean told the crowd that the new Alberta will not kowtow to anyone: “Together we will send a message to all of Canada that Alberta is done apologizing for our industries and our way of life.”

Both Kenney and Jean are big fans of fossil fuels, including coal, and have promised to cancel the NDP’s phase-out of coal generated electricity by 2030 as well as the cap on oilsands emissions.

They seem to have deluded themselves into believing that if Alberta gets rid of the carbon tax and the oilsands emissions cap and simply promotes the heck out of fossil fuels, this will more than make up for the damage done to the economy when the price of oil took a dive and stayed underwater.

Never mind that it would leave Alberta out of step with the rest of the world when it comes to reducing carbon emissions and relying on more renewables. Never mind that just wishing and hoping is not going to make the price of oil suddenly rise. Never mind that it sounds like a strategy developed by Donald Trump.

Even big oil recognizes this as delusional thinking. That’s why several major oilsands operators, such as Suncor and CNRL worked with the Notley government to develop plans to combat climate change that included a carbon tax, coal phase-out, and a cap on oilsands emissions.

Companies are also planning for the price of oil to remain low for some time to come and for demand to peak as early as five years from now.

So far, the only real plan the United Conservative Party has is to get rid of the NDP. It’s their rallying cry, their raison d’ętre.

Beyond that there is not much on offer that speaks to any of the real challenges that Alberta, and Canada, will face for years to come.

Billythreefeathers
07-25-2017, 05:36 PM
yep the left is in full panic,, ;)

Carguy2550
07-25-2017, 08:52 PM
We're not going to make Alberta great again, we're going to make Alberta awesome. Every other province and most of the countries in this world will be and should be embarrassed by the level of awesome we will achieve. Alberta can out America, America and should do so.

Zinilin
07-25-2017, 09:14 PM
yep the left is in full panic,, ;)

Yep, the 95% vote was a total shock. Their polling of liberal media painalysts hope-dicteda 50/50 split.

Panic.

killer kane
07-25-2017, 09:20 PM
Another leftist attempt to scare the sheep into submission. F*^K EM!!!!!

Suputin
07-27-2017, 07:37 PM
Ralph Klein would be a step back? We LOVED Ralph, he was great.

FALover
07-27-2017, 08:13 PM
Getting rid of carbon taxes and any other bullcrap pixie dust legislations that leech off the fairy tales that is climate change is great in my books. Go for it Alberta!

RangeBob
07-27-2017, 08:39 PM
It was raining here today.
680 News (Toronto radio station) said there was a study that said that due to global warming we would get more rain, and as a result more fertilizer was going to go into rivers and create dead zones.

Zinilin
07-27-2017, 08:50 PM
It was raining here today.
680 News (Toronto radio station) said there was a study that said that due to global warming we would get more rain, and as a result more fertilizer was going to go into rivers and create dead zones.

For each type of event and location on earth there is a Global Warming study that predicts it.
More or less rain or snow or ice or icebergs or flies or bees or bears or acne or ....

There are even Global Warming studies that predict no global warming.

A Trillion dollars buys a lot of white coated rent seeking study whores.

Waterloomike
07-27-2017, 09:25 PM
[(Never mind that it would leave Alberta out of step with the rest of the world when it comes to reducing carbon emissions and relying on more renewables. Never mind that just wishing and hoping is not going to make the price of oil suddenly rise. Never mind that it sounds like a strategy developed by Donald Trump.)

How many people are in this world? How many are in China, India, Russia, indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and all those world leaders in 'emissions reductions'?

What a lying pos that author is.

What's the penalty for fraud?

My god, if people believe this, they really will believe anything. And they're voluntarily stupid.

They deserve what they get.

But we don't.

Zinilin
07-27-2017, 09:42 PM
Calling 'Carbon Dioxide' 'Carbon' is the same as calling 'Di-Hydrogen Monoxide' (water) Hydrogen.

When ever you hear someone talk about 'Carbon Emissions' remind them:

We don't exhale Carbon and we don't piss Hydrogen.

PS.
Before there were plants all of the possible carbon dioxide that could exist on earth was in the atmosphere, all of it.
The earth cooled to the point where plants could exist and the plants filtered out some carbon from the carbon dioxide leaving excess oxygen.

RETURNING carbon dioxide to the atmosphere is not a problem.

Suputin
07-27-2017, 11:39 PM
Calling 'Carbon Dioxide' 'Carbon' is the same as calling 'Di-Hydrogen Monoxide' (water) Hydrogen.

When ever you hear someone talk about 'Carbon Emissions' remind them:

We don't exhale Carbon and we don't piss Hydrogen.

PS.
Before there were plants all of the possible carbon dioxide that could exist on earth was in the atmosphere, all of it.
The earth cooled to the point where plants could exist and the plants filtered out some carbon from the carbon dioxide leaving excess oxygen.

RETURNING carbon dioxide to the atmosphere is not a problem.

This is a long way from being true. First off, there was all kinds of life on the planet for a few billion years prior to the first terrestrial plants. Its just that this life was photosynthetic bacteria and algae confined to the oceans.

There are also natural, inorganic carbon reservoirs, including the oceans and lakes etc that have nothing to do with living systems.

Plants don't "filter" carbon dioxide and it is certainly not possible to "filter" carbon dioxide and end up with oxygen. Plants convert water and carbon dioxide into cellulose (hydrocarbon) via complex organic chemistry. Oxygen is produced as a waste product of these chemical reactions.

The really interesting fact most people don't understand is that oxygen is highly toxic to most life and it nearly extinguished life on the planet billions of years ago before the bacteria managed to develop methods to deal with it. There are all kinds of enzymes, proteins and chemical reactions going on at a cellular level to prevent oxygen and its highly toxic derivatives destroying your cells and killing you.

Suputin
07-27-2017, 11:40 PM
RETURNING carbon dioxide to the atmosphere is not a problem.

This part is correct, because ALL of the carbon we release by burning fossil fuels was once in the atmosphere. Thus by burning coal and oil we are simply returning the CO2 to where it originated.

killer kane
07-28-2017, 08:46 AM
That is if you believe all oil came from dinosaurs.

Suputin
07-28-2017, 08:51 AM
There are a few kooks who think oil is made inside the earth.

Zinilin
07-28-2017, 09:38 AM
There are a few kooks who think oil is made inside the earth.

Wow, you really have no idea about nature or physics or the universe in general.

You appear to be one of the ignorant people that believe methane is only the result of the decay of organic matter or that hydrocarbons are fossil fuels.

The planets Neptune and Uranus contains trillions of tons of methane.
Neither contain fossils.

When astronauts re-enter their spacecraft their suits smell of gasoline.

Everywhere in the universe where hydrogen and carbon coexist they Naturally bind to form hydrocarbons.
Everywhere and always.
Including inside the Earth.

killer kane
07-28-2017, 11:24 AM
Wow, you really have no idea about nature or physics or the universe in general.

You appear to be one of the ignorant people that believe methane is only the result of the decay of organic matter or that hydrocarbons are fossil fuels.

The planets Neptune and Uranus contains trillions of tons of methane.
Neither contain fossils.

When astronauts re-enter their spacecraft their suits smell of gasoline.

Everywhere in the universe where hydrogen and carbon coexist they Naturally bind to form hydrocarbons.
Everywhere and always.
Including inside the Earth.

Ssshhhh. lets keep this between ourselves.;)

Run 'n' Gun
07-28-2017, 12:52 PM
There are a few kooks who think oil is made inside the earth.

http://i.imgur.com/IvQOmxR.jpg

Swampdonkey
07-28-2017, 02:22 PM
There are a few kooks who think oil is made inside the earth.

Including oilfield geologists.