September 24, 2015

FakeSurvey.ca UPDATE: Alberta NDP paid Dr. Andrew Leach $10,000 -- for one week's work!

Rebel Staff
 

A quick follow up on our earlier report on the Alberta NDP's deceptive "survey" on environmental issues.

Their "poll" is actually designed to rig the results so Notley's NDP can claim a mandate from Albertans to bring in carbon taxes and other "green" schemes.

It's all part of their war on the oil sands and the rest of the resource and energy sector.

As we told you, the poll is completely unscientific and biased, which is surprising because it is being overseen by a respectable academic, Dr. Andrew Leach.

That's why we reported on the issue, and asked Leach to reconsider his participation.

There was no reaction until last week, when Rachel Notley's NDP disclosed that they'd contracted with Leach for "advice" to the tune of $10,000 -- for one week's work. That was on May 12.

The very next day, Leach was quoted in the National Post, praising carbon taxes.

But he wasn't identified as an Alberta NDP spokesman in the interview, just as a professor.

And that big payout happened just before Leach was appointed to the global warming panel that's behind this academically fraudulent survey...




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commented 2015-09-27 01:48:23 -0400
When the public forum was held here in West Yellowhead, during the provincial election campaign, I asked a question of all candidates, what there party’s plan was to make Alberta self-sufficient in produce, given that Calfiornia —which supplies most of the fruit and vegetables for the Pacific NW, is suffering a sustained drought. The NDP candidate answered that “Alberta’s water is not for sale”, however, in the end, he couldn’t answer my question. But then, equally distressing, neither could the other parties. I checked the NDP’s website for their policies, and near the top was “to diversify the economy”…but no inkling as to what that might look like. Sounds like their solution is to grow the public sector by increasing the deficit.
commented 2015-09-27 01:41:45 -0400
Just watched the movie/documentary, “Cowspiracy” on Netflix. It makes a very compelling argument that the effect of burning fossil fuels is minor incomparison to the raising of animals for food production. And yet it’s a conspiracy which none of the major environmental organizations dare to mention. If you haven’t done so, Ezra, I highly recommend watching it.
commented 2015-09-25 01:26:03 -0400
This is pretty remarkable on the amount of propaganda that is currently going on with the NDP government. Check out this article in the Star today
http://www.thestar.com/business/2015/09/24/can-alberta-go-coal-free-by-2025.html
Look at the amount of debt that Ontario has taken on due to the energy transition. Look at the electricity costs that are going through the roof in Ontario and will continue to go up. Recent studies are showing that it is going to take at least 11 billion dollars to phase out coal in Alberta. In my opinion, that is probably on the low side. Why doesn’t this article discuss any of the economic consequences of this proposed transition?

Why is a country like Germany that went all in on green energy going back to coal? Why are they building new power plants? You would think that you have two prime examples of places that tried to go all out on green energy and it hasn’t worked. Maybe the new government in Alberta should talk to the people of Ontario. It doesn’t seem like they are very happy with the way things have played out. According to energy experts, Ontario is just getting started with the increases of electricity prices and the people are already furious. It really doesn’t seem like the new government is telling the people the truth on the pros and cons of the situation.

Ontario also had a huge amount of nuclear power before they started to go off of coal and they also had nuclear plants that were already built that could be put back into use. Alberta uses coal for about 55% of the electricity currently with no nuclear. Ontario had about 25% coal, 25% nuclear before they started the transition. They were able to switch quicker because they already had nuclear and a lot of nuclear plants that weren’t in use. Alberta has no nuclear plants currently and also none that are just sitting around doing nothing.

The Government should stick to the 50 year life of the coal plants. Alberta is already going to only have 12% of their electricity come from coal after 2030. Most of the coal plants in Alberta are already set to be done by 2030. That is already a huge task alone. If they try to phase it out quicker you’re going to have a lot of problems. How do you expect TransAlta, Atco, Capital Power to help Alberta go green when their share prices are getting smacked because the rules are changing? You do realize that they need reinvested earnings or capital markets to fund these new investments? They aren’t going to have earnings to reinvest or raise capital with a government that is being completely irrational to current investments.

Why would a corporation want to invest in wind, solar, natural gas etc when the rules can change? How in the world could a CEO feel confident in doing a long-term investment when the rules can completely change on them? Who is to say that Carbon Capture doesn’t become much cheaper and cleaner in the next 5 to 10 years and now the government is telling these same corporations that they need to close down their natural gas plants? That doesn’t make any logical sense. You do realize that this is shareholders money and investors don’t need to stay in Alberta? It is like changing the rules in the middle of a baseball game; it’s like telling one team in the fourth inning that they only get one out per inning now while the other team still gets three.

The Canadian coal plants are also some of the cleanest and most efficient power plants in the world. The NDP should honor the current rules or you lose all faith in future investments. The government should present both sides of the story. You already have an economy that is being hurt by commodity prices and now you’re trying to destroy more jobs by going after coal.
commented 2015-09-24 22:48:37 -0400
Just like the NDP to spare no expense paying their friends to help them unleash their destructive agenda. There will be plenty more of this kind of abuse of Alberta taxpayers before they are turfed out in disgrace in four years’ time.
commented 2015-09-24 21:48:38 -0400
Oh gee look…..Brinkman is still upset Ezra wouldn’t hire him. Wonder why??!! Maybe the expectation of recent performance from this Socialist hack?
commented 2015-09-24 21:46:33 -0400
This “professor” will be toast when the NDP is removed from office. I suspect Albertans have long memories!
commented 2015-09-24 18:14:35 -0400
I spoke to Andrew at the Climate Discussion in Calgary on September 1st this year, he was very closed minded and I was offended as an Engineer about his lack of questioning of this NDP Agenda bandwagon, that he seems to be exceedingly to glad to ride all the way to the bank! Rachel, you should work WITH the Alberta Advantage! You should be giving scaled tax incentives to industry for reduced emissions, increased efficiency, reforestation, land reclamation, water treatment, etc. THAT is the win-win, NOT copying an already failing Green Focused path to ruin, like Germany, who is now going back to Fossil Fuels after all-in renewable failures!
commented 2015-09-24 18:04:35 -0400
Albertans, stand up for Alberta and stand up against the AB NDP’s current path of ruin for Alberta! Read, Sign, Share… let’s get traction on this for the AB NDP to respect the desire of 85% of Albertans to have a STRONG and GROWING oil sands! If Rachel Notley does not represent Alberta, who does she represent??? https://www.change.org/p/the-alberta-government-ndp-implement-recall-legislation-for-the-alberta-legislature?recruiter=350174076&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive&rp_sharecordion_checklist=control
commented 2015-09-24 13:59:03 -0400
Peter — I acknowledge the desire for debate and comparing ideas. I readily admit that I have lots of ideas, but that doesn’t mean they’re good. My only concern is for your blood pressure. I heartily agree with discussion, and with the giving and taking of data and ideas (my data has been proven wrong a few times!), but there are a handful of… of… “creatures”, to put it politely, who do not perform the standard verbal give-and-take. It’s their way, or verbal (written?) assault. Those people (and I know you know of whom we refer) are the ones I’d suggest not responding to.

There are others on here with differing views that will keep this site from being homogeneous.
commented 2015-09-24 13:58:53 -0400
Peter — I acknowledge the desire for debate and comparing ideas. I readily admit that I have lots of ideas, but that doesn’t mean they’re good. My only concern is for your blood pressure. I heartily agree with discussion, and with the giving and taking of data and ideas (my data has been proven wrong a few times!), but there are a handful of… of… “creatures”, to put it politely, who do not perform the standard verbal give-and-take. It’s their way, or verbal (written?) assault. Those people (and I know you know of whom we refer) are the ones I’d suggest not responding to.

There are others on here with differing views that will keep this site from being homogeneous.
commented 2015-09-24 13:25:16 -0400
Your definition of a ‘good guy’ seems very low Ezra.
commented 2015-09-24 13:16:16 -0400
Guy said, “I can only surmise that nether the NDP nor Leach care about the truth, what is good for the planet or the economy but are only interested in filling their pockets with as much taxpayer pilfered cash as they can get for as long as they can get it.”

That describes most of the leftists / socialists.
commented 2015-09-24 13:07:59 -0400
Vlad, correct about the NDP being a member of Socialist international.. also note, NDP has not or could not pay their membership fee for the past three years. Currently, the NDP is a bad debtor to the tune of $42,000.
commented 2015-09-24 13:05:39 -0400
I copied Ezra in on some research I did on Leach a while back. I also asked Leach to answer some questions but he has never responded, neither has the NDP when asked questions. I’m glad Ezra still has faith in Leach but I think he should loose his Job as a professor for what is in my personal opinion a fraudulent survey and unethical behavior that should not be allowed to infect his students. As well I sent the Climate Change Panel some Sustainable Energy Strategy info, ethical oil info and scientific studies on the problems with “Green Power” that should have shown up on their site, because the site claimed to be a fair impartial discussion on the issue, but not a single post showed up between the Sierra, WWF and other Global Warming Hysterical posts.
I can only surmise that nether the NDP nor Leach care about the truth, what is good for the planet or the economy but are only interested in filling their pockets with as much taxpayer pilfered cash as they can get for as long as they can get it.
commented 2015-09-24 12:07:10 -0400
Brinkman begs Ezra for a job, but Ezra says no or does not even acknowledge the application. Brinkman throws a leftie hissy fit and insults Ezra with name calling. You question whether Ezra is journalist? Brinkman it sounds like you are the one pretending to pass yourself off as a journalist.
commented 2015-09-24 11:30:57 -0400
Prince Knight, you are right, of course. I should ignore Brinkman, Jimmy and Terry. Like Make Macfadzen pointed out that the lewfties, no matter what forum, tend to insult mostly, so why should I expect the leftie trolls here to be any different.

I think it is because I want more intellectual debate from from them because there is one thing Jimmy Da Troll is correct about, it is that with all like (or similar) minded people, debate is lessened because we conserrvatives / libertarians generally agree.

I like a true debate, but cannot seem to get any from the leftie trolls, here or on the CBC or on CTV, or anywhere else for that matter.

What I would like to see (and would be easy to implement) and have suggested to theRebel staff several times in emails is a forum where we can debate the finer points of conservative vs. libertarian vs. socialist ideas and other political ideas. … …

BUT MY SUGGESTIONS ARE IGNORED

That shout was for theRebel staff, not you, PK.. Not that they would pay attention anyway.
commented 2015-09-24 11:21:03 -0400
I think Dr. Leach’s ethics can be explained with an old joke.

A guy gets onto an elevator and finds it empty except for the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. He figures he has no real chance but that he’ll hate himself if he doesn’t try. He’s well dressed so he knows he’s got that much going for him.

“You are the most beautiful creature I’ve ever seen. Would you consider sleeping with me for a million dollars?”

He’s delighted to see that she doesn’t immediately pull out a container of pepper spray. She pauses for a moment,smiles awkwardly and says “I think we might be able to make that work.”

The guy has nowhere near a million dollars so he adjusts his offer. “Would you sleep with me for $10?”

She immediately slaps him and says “What kind of woman do you think I am!”

The guy responds, “I think we established that with your answer to my first question. Now, we’re just dickering over the price.”

I submit that this sort of process may have led Professor Leach to make his ethics a little more flexible….
commented 2015-09-24 11:15:10 -0400
I have notice from discussion boards, rights argue, lefts, more often, call you names! I notice this on Huffington Post discussion boards, I thought it was just my bias, but the more challenged someone was the more derogatory they became in the discussion. Ben Sharpio is a great example, in a discussion panel on Kaitlyn (Bruce) Jenner, all 5 panel member attacked him, (Dr. Drew even challenged him later), he kept his cool and stood his ground in spite of eventually being threatened. It was a lesson in listening. Ezra has given me more insights than any other commentator and has given his sources, unlike many who don’t or give weak sources. I enjoy any discussion but I find most times I just move on, as it is not worthy of my time or mental energy to objectively talk to a wall.
commented 2015-09-24 11:08:13 -0400
Leach’s behaviour is no surprise. After ten years in the hallowed halls of University “Education” (maybe read “attempted brainwashing”) I find it very consistent that the professors are generally left-leaning if not outright communists – especially in the areas of the humanities, sociology, and even theology. What is surprising here is the leach is in economics – but the generally unsupportable area of socialist economics it would seem.

Place all of this in the realm of the NDP where any action will be taken to attempt to prove their otherwise unsupportable stances and doctrines and it becomes clear that these limited intellects will do anything, including the use of faux science, to attempt to drive their opinions into the minds of the public – drive because logic and reason have no place in their culture!

Notely and her hoard of inferior intellects are here simply paying for a name that has the lack of integrity to allow that name to be used for financial gain even though the tenets of his public stance are suspect, illogical, and seemingly entirely for personal financial gain from an underhanded organization – the NDP! GO FIGURE!
commented 2015-09-24 10:56:47 -0400
Brinkman. Allison Redford was never a true public servant. She was a self serving spoiled lawyer that never had Alberta’s best interest at heart. Sounds very much like the current premier. She resigned and so should Nutley.
commented 2015-09-24 10:38:01 -0400
Anybody else notice Brinkman (whichever one — I think they’re the same guy) is no longer posting his own “news” site? Methinks someone’s been told…

Peter Netterville — I highly recommend you treat Brinkman like any other troll. Ignore him. Don’t respond to his posts. We all know his pro-NDP stance and beliefs; he’s mentioned it in the past. He’s no better than da Silva or Rudden. All he wants is to provoke. He never has facts on his side. Even going so far as to mention earlier in this thread that Alison Redford was in favor of something… need we say/see more?

You won’t convince him of anything, even if he’s logically refuted. 1) he doesn’t want to be convinced, and 2) his mind is already made up.

Save your fingers and your energy.
commented 2015-09-24 10:36:45 -0400
In the end, Albertans tossed the Conservative party though anger – that meant the dippers would get in.

I have not met a lot of Albertans that do not already regret this decision.

Next election – unless things change – the dippers will be tossed and Alberta can heave a sigh of relief.

Until then it is simply pain and more pain.

Albertans are not likely to act so petulantly for a long time after learning this very difficult lesson.
commented 2015-09-24 10:30:06 -0400
Brinkman, go back to Ontario and get updated on smog alerts. Why in the fuck would anyone take advise from Redford, an unscrupulous bimbo who barely served as premier for 6 months before she was ousted for her decadent spending habits. This is what you endorse? What a fool.
commented 2015-09-24 10:27:09 -0400
Doug said, “Sorry if I offended you Peter – Ezra is a media pundit and known for his spinning and propagating uncertainty and fear through his YouTubes”

It is your immediate attack on him without actually addressing what he is saying that I am point out Doug. It is petty to attack the person and not address the thing the person is saying.

Doug said, “The truth is the Alberta Rachel Notley Government has been tirelessly engaged with Albertans and industry to fix the mess the last Conservative Government left us with”

But that is not true, Doug.
1. They reaised the corporate tax rate 20%. Do you really think that encourages businesses to invest in projects and hire more people?

2. They increased the per-tonne carbon tax rate for industry. Do you really think that encourages businesses to invest in projects and hire more people?

3. They are reviewing the resource Royalty rate. Do you really think that businesses do not see that and react by holding off on investments? Do you really think the NDP review of Royalty rates will be to keep it the same or lower it? Of course they will raise the rate. Businesses know that too.

4. Not only are most of the NDP MPPs professed anti-oilsands activits, but much of the staff hired are anti-oil & gas activists. Do you think that the oil and gas industry do not notice this and act accordingly by pulling back investments and by laying off people?

How is any of my four points " tirelessly engaged with Albertans and industry to fix the mess the last Conservative Government left us with" ???

Really Richard, are you that blind? Are you truly so much of a pundit that you cannot acknowledge that this NDP government is doing more damage than good?
commented 2015-09-24 10:12:49 -0400
Thanks for convincingly proving my point Mr. Brinkman.
commented 2015-09-24 10:12:26 -0400
@dougbrinkman – the NDP are members of socialist international – have a read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_International

You can check out all the communist pig parties that are labeled as socialist, much like the USSR (union of soviet socialist republics) – communist pigs to the core, much like you pig.

So fuckhead dug, do a bit more reading a little less flapping or better yet go hump your cbc/torstar communist clusterfuck instead of spewing your communist pig spew here.
commented 2015-09-24 10:05:03 -0400
Just got it. Mr. Doug Brinkman has to be on retainer from the Alberta NDP party. How else could anyone possibly explain the love-in he has going with them? Nice gig. Piss off as many people as possible on TheRebel.media and get cash for it. Fine, doing it for free if one is a true believer, but hard to take Brinkman at face value as a true believer. What’s really hard to stomach is someone taking all the good this country has to offer and giving back slime in return, probably in a professional capacity. Brinkman, (if that’s your real name – I don’t believe it for a second) you are a disgrace to this great country and emphatically do not deserve to call yourself a Canadian. Just my humble opinion, folks.
commented 2015-09-24 09:57:27 -0400
Doug said, “The Bulk of the NDP are no where near being Communists…”

It is the party and their policies that matter, not the NDP party members and their cult followers.
commented 2015-09-24 09:55:43 -0400
The truth is that Dr. Andrew Leach has sold out his ethics for cash and a position on global warming panel.

And another truth is that when any of our resident leftie trolls cannot refute what theRebel reporter is saying, they just post an insult at the reporter.

So, Doug, do have any intelligent rebuttal of Ezra’s report?
commented 2015-09-24 09:49:39 -0400
Doug / Richard Brinkman, instead of just insulting Ezra like a dutiful leftie troll,please explain what is wrong about what he said.

Do you think Ezra is lying? If so, please explain where he lied.

Please respond, Doug.