Can the PC government think of cleaner oil

Premiers of Canada’s two western provinces have announced that the way is now open for Alberta’s energy raw material

Premiers of Canada’s two western provinces have announced that the way is now open for Alberta’s energy raw material to be carried to international markets around the Pacific Rim via pipelines that will pass through B.C. territory.

In their joint announcement, premiers Alison Redford of AB and Christy Clark of B.C have said they have resolved their differences over the conditions set by the B.C government to ensure that the venture must not negatively impact the environment in the territory of Canada’s westernmost province.

No doubt, this is great news for Alberta economy: revenues will jump up, there will be a lot of cash for the provincial government to allow them to woo voters with massive social programs (while at the same time continuing to cut funding to healthcare and education) in order to perpetuate their grip on the governance machinery.

The question is whether the ruling Progressive Conservatives (I have always wondered if there can be any better, dictionary-perfect fit to the term “oxymoron” than the name of this party) can demonstrate for the people and environment of this province a fraction of the concerns that the B.C. governments have persistently maintained as the basis for any agreement in this deal.

It is an open secret that the “carbon capture” technology, previously declared by both the federal and provincial governments as the solution to the problem of environmental pollution created by oil sands exploitation cannot work.

In an ideal world, in such a situation, the PC government would take the leadership to encourage universities and research institutions to work on delivering environment friendly solutions to the problem at hand and would not refrain from spending a generous portion of the bitumen royalties for the purpose.

But we are not living in an ideal world, and the PC government cannot even make up its mind on how to manage its budget, by cutting funding to education at first and then restoring some of it for no apparent reason.

Maybe it is too much to expect of them.

 

Just Posted

Speed zone changes hoped for at three entrances to Ponoka

Council makes several requests of Alberta Transportation regarding highway speeds

Ponoka offering up leftover fire inventory to Ponoka County

Trucks already sold by town, remaining equipment to be sold or donated

Ponoka mayor denies allegations of conflict

A Ponoka resident maintains Mayor Rick Bonnett has taken work on the new town hall

Ponoka runners complete gruelling 100 mile Sinister 7 ultra

One team hit second place, another 95th, while a solo runner landed in the 24th spot

Woman jumps in front of semi on Highway 2

Potentially tragic event averted on QEII with help of Ponoka ITU members

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

WATCH: 2018 Westerner Days Parade brings 1000s to downtown Red Deer

The parade begins five days of western fun and culture in Central Alberta

Kitten OK after being rescued from underground pipe in B.C.

An adventurous feline has been rescued after getting trapped in an underground pipe in Kamloops, B.C.

A day after back-tracking, Trump defends summit performance

Amid bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, Trump at first sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error Tuesday.

Thai soccer players rescued from cave meet the media

Members of the Thai youth soccer team who were trapped in a cave have left the hospital where they have been treated since their rescue.

Elon Musk apologizes for calling cave rescue diver a ‘pedo’

Musk called a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a pedophile to his 22.3 million Twitter followers on July 15.

Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

RCMP Major Crimes South make arrest in Red Deer homicide investigation

Gabriel Juma We Agotic of Red Deer arrested in Calgary

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Most Read