Within hours of taking office, newly elected US President Joseph R. Biden Jr. withdrew the US federal permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, effectively killing the project on the spot.
Biden is of course, likely clueless as to the facts surrounding Keystone. He likely has no idea, nor does he care about the tens of thousands of jobs he just terminated, the financial opportunities for indigenous groups he just destroyed, and the children he just introduced to welfare.
He made this decision simply because he is part of the Democratic Party, which is now at the mercy of eco-extremists, socialists and adherents to the Great Reset program.
Biden is advised and supported by these people. He owes them. And the deal was that if they got him elected, he would do their bidding. He has done so.
Instead of slapping retaliatory tariffs on the US as he did when former President Trump placed tariffs on Canadian (mostly Quebec) aluminum, our prime minister decided to put out a press release stating he understood that President Biden had to keep his election promise to cancel Keystone and looks forward to working with him on climate change policy in the future.
The people of Alberta and Saskatchewan should be grateful that their sacrifice of Keystone XL will allow the two liberal leaders to impose greater costs in the name of global warming.
Most in the West now understand that the noose is being tightened around our necks. Between Trudeau’s massive hike to the carbon tax and the death of Keystone, the Alberta and Saskatchewan energy sectors are facing a total and permanent collapse.
Of course, there is a way out of this mess. We need Northern Gateway to double and triple exports to Asia, and we need Energy East to supply all of Canada and possibly parts of Europe. We need to diversify from having just one customer south of our border – and an unstable and undependable one at that.
Alberta and Saskatchewan are once more alone. Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney seems lost, not knowing what to do as he has been asking so nicely, and people just keep being so gosh-darn mean to him. Maybe he should just ask nicely again?
Kenney’s calls on Trudeau to impose retaliatory trade sanctions on the US were met with silence by the prime minister, and laughter by the mainstream media.
‘Who does Alberta think they are?’ is the gist of it.
The new US president doesn’t consider Alberta-Saskatchewan a diplomatically vital part of Canada, and the Canadian prime minister does not consider them to be worth defending.
If Ottawa won’t place retaliatory sanctions on the US, then the prairie provinces must sanction Ottawa.
What would that look like?
Alberta and Saskatchewan could start by telling the governments of Canada and British Columbia that unless we are provided with full market access for our resources right across the country – including Northern Gateway and Energy East – we will be shutting down all energy supply to British Columbia and restricting goods transported by train and truck through Alberta from BC.
If Manitoba participates, we can impose the same sanctions eastward from there. If not, the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border would be where we draw the line.
Similarly, Alberta could set up check stops along its BC border, and require that every single lumber truck be offloaded for thorough pine beetle inspection. This ‘environmental protection’ measure would have a devastating effect on BC’s forestry industry.
At the same time, Alberta and Saskatchewan should immediately begin withdrawing from the RCMP, CPP and EI, and begin collecting their own taxes. But these measures concerning provincial autonomy should be taken regardless, and not tied to any demands placed on Ottawa. They are good policies in their own right.
Economic sanctions are the middle ground between regular diplomacy, and force. They are designed to force governments to respond to demands when diplomacy fails. Canada’s diplomacy was never serious to begin with, and Alberta and Saskatchewan lack the political importance to Ottawa to matter. Our only option now is to make it matter, and force them to act.
Or, we can continue to whine about how we are mistreated and beg for fairness.
Kenney has tried whining for a ‘fair deal’ since before he was elected, and has nothing to show for it.
Kenney now has a clear decision to make: accept Alberta as a second-rate colony under the ungrateful boot of Ottawa, or fight back with the tools at his disposal.
Rob Anderson is a columnist for the Western Standard
Energy report tells feds to incentivize moves away from oil
The IEA calls for the Canadian government to creating transparent changes to the oil and gas industry but incentivizing technology changes and creating emergency oil stocks.
A new report says Canada should further invest in clean in electricity and that our country is already among the cleanest energy production in the world.
The International Energy Analysis (IEA) came out with a report outlining recommendations for Canada’s energy future, including balanced decarbonization across the country.
That means higher coordination between federal, provincial and territorial levels to set clear targets for energy efficiency in buildings, transport and industry sectors.
The IEA calls for the Canadian government to create transparent changes to the oil and gas industry but incentivizing technology changes and creating emergency oil stocks.
Canada’s electricity system is one of the cleanest globally according to the IEA report, as 80% of supply is from non-emitting sources such as hydropower and nuclear power.
“Canada’s wealth of clean electricity and its innovative spirit can help drive a secure and affordable transformation of its energy system and help realize its ambitious goals,” said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol.
“Equally important, Canada’s efforts to reduce emissions — of both carbon dioxide and methane — from its oil and gas production can help ensure its continued place as a reliable supplier of energy to the world.”
The report follows Environmental Minister Steven Guildbeault’s announcement for Canada to be ready to eliminate fossil fuels in 18 months, with zero-emission cars and stricter methane regulations.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole expressed concern on Twitter with the zero emission plans, calling attention to the need to invest in the oil sector rather than turn away from it.
Energy makes up over 10% of Canada’s GDP, being a major source of capital investment, export revenue and jobs, making the net-zero goals both a challenge and opportunity.
Since the last IEA review in 2015, Canada has made international and domestic commitments dedicated to transforming the energy sector, including a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40‑45% by 2030.
Canada is also a part of the United Nations zero-emission 2050 target that involves over 130 countries worldwide.
Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard.
O’Toole mocks Guilbeault’s two-year fossil fuel plan
Full implementation of this ethanol use would create a 60% increase in heating a home, according to the advocacy group Canadians for Affordable Energy.
The federal cabinet is planning to phase out the use of fossil fuels in the next 18 months, but didn’t mention how much Canadians rely on fossil fuels and what costs this initiative entails.
According to Blacklock’s Reporter, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said in the next two years Canadians should also see more stringent methane regulations and zero-emission vehicle standards.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was opposed to the proposition, and highlighted the need for using Canada’s fossil fuel industry and supporting those who work in it.
“Canada is a cold country. We need fossil fuels, natural gas, to heat our homes,” said O’Toole in a video standing in front of a freezing cold House of Commons.
“Someone so disconnected from reality that he’s making policy that will hurt our country. Division and absolute disconnect from reality.”
Guilbeault stressed the need for faster action on environmental initiatives by the Liberal government.
“I mean, maybe 2024, but that’s the type of time frame we have to work with and it’s going to be tough because on the one hand, some people are going to criticize us for not giving them enough time to be consulted, but the state of climate change is such that we need to learn to do things faster and that’s certainly true of us as a government,” he said.
Guilbeault acknowledged many of his proposed environmental actions will cause significant costs to consumers, but stated the luxury of waiting to make environmental changes is something Canadians don’t have any more.
The Clean Fuel Standard, implemented in 2021, mandated higher use of renewable energy in everyday consumption which includes tripling expensive ethanol content in gasoline and increasing carbon taxes.
Full implementation of the ethanol use would create a 60% increase in heating a home, according to the advocacy group Canadians for Affordable Energy.
Guilbeault complained about regulators taking too long to finalize the Clean Fuel Standard, as the regulation took five years to finalize and implement.
“One of the things I told stakeholders when I was in Toronto recently and then in Calgary, one of the things I told the department as well is we don’t have that luxury anymore,” said Guilbeault.
“We don’t have five years to consult every time we want to introduce a new measure.”
Canada’s two major parties are opposing on the matter.
O’Toole ended his statements on Twitter saying the Conservative party will keep fighting to keep Canadians warm and fossil fuel jobs safe.
Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
Energy report says fossil fuel usage set to plunge in Canada
The news was met with glee from Canada’s Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.
The use of fossils fuels in Canada is set to drop drastically in the next three decades, says a new report.
The Canada Energy Regulator predicts fossil fuel use will fall by 62% by 2025.
The forecast predicts Canadians will use significantly less gasoline and diesel over coming years, resulting in a 43% decline in the use of refined petroleum products by 2050.
Electricity use could rise by as much 45% as people change over to electric vehicles.
The report predicts wind and solar power will be used to help meet the rise in demand.
The news was met with glee from Canada’s Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.
“Some welcome news from The Canada Energy Regulator: fossil fuel use will fall by 62% in Canada by 2050. We’re making progress, the work continues!” he tweeted.
The forecast calls for Canadian crude oil production to peak at 5.8 million barrels per day in 2032, and then to decline to reach 4.8 million barrels per day in 2050.
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