If Scheer wins, Albertans can kiss their economic future goodbye - 2019-10-18
A strange dynamic has emerged in Canada whereby the industry that needs a climate solution most, is the industry most identified with the problem - oil. Sophisticated leaders in the oil industry know this more than anyone. That is why we have seen oil company CEOs and Alberta-based energy analysts speaking out on the need for effective and stable climate policies, including carbon pricing – at price levels higher than they are today.
Yet the political parties who pretend to represent the interests of the oil industry are the ones dismantling carbon pricing and other policies that would help Canada transition to a clean economy. Add to that the McCarthy-esque Kenney "war room" trying to suggest that foundations and charities are somehow not permitted to weigh-in on the world's great challenge of climate change, and oil industry lobby groups sponsoring nonsense to support this kangaroo-court sham, and we have the makings of the true demise of Alberta as an economic player going forward.
To understand why and how this will happen, we need only turn back the clock to the days of Harper and the various Alberta premiers whose collective intransigence led to Alberta and Canada being a global punching-bag as climate laggards. Forgotten, it seems, is that the Conservatives in power federally and provincially were still incapable of getting a pipeline built, mainly because of their climate science avoidance and disrespect of due process. How then do they imagine that even greater ignorance, and more egregious due process will succeed?