Once again, an ideologically based "report" gets put out without question. The "Dutch disease" comment by idiot NDP leader Mulcair has been refuted, yet here it is again. "Wealth is disproportionate in Alberta", gee maybe because that's where all the work happens. The same comment can be made about ANY industry -- the way BC is "disproportionately wealthy" from fishing, shipping and forestry. Where's Alberta's share of those industries? A stupid and meaningless complaint. And the Quebec representatives clearly do not understand (or understand but are embarassed to admit) that there is a federal transfer of about $7 billion every year from AB to QC so they can fund their socialist programs without working to earn them, while AB programs are weak in comparison. Then the biggest lie of all, that the government "subsidizes the oil industry". It does not. Not a penny. No oil company gets a government cheque for anything that I have ever seen. It is always the oil companies sending money into the bottomless, black, insatiable maw of wasteful government spending - mostly in Quebec, ironically enough.
Did you check out where the funding for Equiterre comes from and who makes up their donors? I am surprised that you give credibility to this biased view. It seems they are arguing for a 60 cent to US dollar to be competitive.... Try improving productivity.
We're demonstrably better than anyone else in the world. Yet that is apparently still not good enough. When will the complaints stop, when nary a blade of grass gets bent? There are so many other places to direct efforts, why do they waste time here? They can never be appeased, so ignore them.
No need to "address climate change" since it's been happening for 4.5 billion years. Complete ignorance.
more misleading statements by the eco-fascists that go unchallenged by the reporter. And who believes IPCC any more, they have shown themselves to be wildly incompetent. Of 117 of their predictions over the last 20 years, 114 have been wrong. Their premises are non-scientific and obviously wrong. Ignore them.
What would be the consequence of "Fossil Free Canada"? An end to modern civilization. Why do these idiots wish for that?
Again, an article giving the protesters a sympathetic hearing, not determining what the company actually did, not questioning whether the Indians have any legal standing, downplaying the fact that the protesters did have weapons and used them, not even talking to the company that was attacked here. At least the cops finally started arresting these morons. Too often they stood by and watch as illegal activity dragged on for weeks, like the Line 9 protests in Ontario.
It is LONG OVERDUE that the police treat civil disobedience by natives in the same manner as they would for any OTHER Canadian citizen. The fact that it took weeks to realize that the protesters were NOT going to obey court orders, and NOT going to follow the law of the land is the real travesty here. Kudos to the RCMP for finally doing their job!!
Does anyone believe these idiots any more, other than gullible reporters?
Why do so many stories in the DOB end by giving the last word to radical anti-oil lobby groups? And without questioning their opinions or sources of information the way industry groups and companies are questioned or outright disbelieved? I am sick of this. Pembina Institute, Environmental Defense, you name it. They all sound the same and they are always negative with no viable alternative. In this case they think "green energy" provides more jobs than a transnational pipeline- contrary to all the evidence showing that green projects do not even work without heavy taxpayer subsidy.
While this is interesting your synopsis only speaks to the operating cost of these facilites and the eccnomic spin off once built. What does the report say about the capital cost to build the facility and how that stacks up comparatively to other world jurisdictions. Labour and productivity issues still make this an uneconomic place to build new infrastructure. This is why oilsands operators are looking outside of Alberta for engineering and fabrication services.
Fantastic point of view on the oilsands, a truly national project, encompassing technological innovation and human resources that benefit the whole country. cheers to Rex Murphy!
The other issue worth considering is the basis for the natural gas price. These terminals are looking for 20 - 30 year contracts but are the Chinese or Japan (note their announcement about hydrates today) going to go with oil-indexed pricing? Not likely, so very much a case of let us see who blinks first. This could be a substantial loss of the economic rent. See my latest blog that in part deals with this.
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