Carbon tax part of social license

Reader suggests there are global benefits to a carbon tax.

The lively debate over Alberta’s Carbon tax brings about the question: Do we need a social license to sell our products?

Premier Notley and the Alberta NDP think so, so does our Prime Minister, but the Conservative Party, Wildrose Party and many Albertans do not.

So, why is a social license to sell Alberta products necessary? The short answer is because most of the countries Alberta is exporting to are transitioning to alternative energy sources and understand the dangers of climate change.

It really doesn’t matter whether Alberta oilmen, the right wing and some Albertans think that our oil industry is one of the cleanest in the world, if we want to export, it matters what the importing countries think about Alberta’s oil, and they think it’s dirty.

Stephen Harper’s vision for Canada to be an oil superpower and the methods sanctioned by him to extract Alberta oil has left a long standing stain on Canada and especially Alberta with most countries we depend on for export.

The USA said “No” to Keystone XL after years of negotiations and countless large demonstrations over environmental concerns against Keystone and Alberta tar sands.

The European Union has a long history of condemning Albertans tar sands, fracking (outlawed in the E.U.) as well as Alberta’s hormone beef and genetically modified organism (GMO) produce. The nine hormones, mostly growth hormones added to fatten up the cattle have always been prohibited in the E.U., so have GMO produce, due to many studies confirming a negative affect on human health. The 23 year long “war over importing hormone meat” was only solved in 2012 when the USA and Canada agreed to export 45,000 plus tonnes of HORMONE FREE beef to the E.U.,while North Americans are still served up hormone-laced meat and unlabeled GMO produce.

CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) has failed after 7 years of tough negotiations and hundreds of thousands of people demonstrating against it again over environmental concerns of bringing fracked and tar sand oil to the E.U. and Neoliberal trading principals, i.e. too many concessions to corporations and rights taken away from workers.

Do we need a social license to sell our products? Absolutely, the sooner Albertans wake up to that fact, the better for our economy, and fortunately Premier Notley understood that from the start.

Ed Mew, Ponoka County


Just Posted

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Athletes’ medals unveiled at the official kick-off of 2019 Canada Winter Games

Medals depict Central Alberta landscape and pay tribute to First Nations

WATCH: Canada Winter Games are finally here

Final leg of torch relay kicked off at Fort Normandeau

Red Deer man loses car after being caught twice driving with suspended licence

The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit ticketed the man in December and on Valentine’s Day

WCPS looks to its schools and communities for new mission, vision, values and beliefs

WCPS’s Board looks to students, and staff in advance of larger community engagement

Fashion Fridays: Up your beauty game

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

‘Mitts don’t just warm hands. They warm hearts’: Mitts for Many Program launches

Donate new or lightly used mittens to bin in the Great Hall of the Gary W. Harris Centre

LOCATED: Innisfail RCMP looking for missing woman

Amanda Kucher was last seen at the Innisfail 7-Eleven on Feb. 15

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after vehicle theft from dealership

Police were able to disable the SUV with assistance from the built-in vehicle assistance system

Red Deer College transforms into Athletes’ Village

Red Deer College’s campus will be home for the athletes during the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Alberta minor hockey team, slammed for Indigenous dance video, forfeits season

Parents say season was too dangerous to finish because the team has been threatened

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Alix resident captures beams of light near Lacombe

Lacombe, Blackfalds, Red Deer photos have since gone viral around the world

Most Read