Dark money in oil and pipelines make the water more muddy - 2019-05-09
The election of a Jason Kenney-led government means Alberta will be pushing to get tar sands oil flowing again at all costs, the environment included. Throw in an upcoming federal election and the government's purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline, and it's a good bet there will be additional pressure to do something for the West.
Kenney's stance is clear. His right-wing government makes no pretence of weighing all sides of the debate. The Trudeau Liberals, however, are attempting to appear to be something to everyone on this issue.
We can expect plenty of vitriol, particularly from the energy companies eager to extract more resources, both in Alberta and everywhere else they have holdings. Climate-change researchers have estimated some 80 per cent of all carbon-based energy in the ground – coal, oil, natural gas – will have to remain there if we're to have any chance of avoiding catastrophic warming due to greenhouse gas emissions. Those with profits in mind are having no part of it.