May 10, 2016

Here’s how Notley NDP cuts to pine beetle budget helped FUEL Fort McMurray fire

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The mountain pine beetle is an insect that attacks pine trees and has killed about 50% of the commercial lodgepole pine population in British Columbia.

There was a huge outbreak in the province, which has since propelled the migration of the population into Alberta - and in particular, into the Fort McMurray region. So why is the pine beetle such a big deal?

Well, they attack and kill trees by laying eggs underneath the bark and they also carry a fungus that causes dehydration and inhibits a trees natural defense against beetle attacks. And when their eggs hatch, the larvae mine underneath the bark and eventually cut off the trees supply of nutrients. And obviously dead trees provide dry material to fuel wildfires.

In Alberta, it’s estimated that the mountain pine beetle will kill 40% to 70% of the pine tree population in the Grande Prairie to Slave Lake region will die as a result of the infestation in that region. As we know, the NDP cut the wildfire budget by $15 million, but here’s what else was cut – the budget to keep the pine beetle population under control. NDP MLA Eric Rosendahl confirmed that $2 million was taken from that project.

The NDP are responsible for significant cuts to the wildfire budget, even though they were fully aware that they were an issue, especially since they partially blamed overspending by $300 million on wildfires last year for not being able to balance the budget.

At this point, we know the NDP cut the wildfire budget and now we know they cut the pine beetle budget. And these calculated cuts show that wildfires just weren’t a priority for the NDP.

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commented 2016-05-12 15:32:53 -0400
Did you check to see who voted for this in the legislature? Wild rose all members yes. Might want to quit bashing Notely it’s making the wild rose look bad.
commented 2016-05-12 08:09:54 -0400
Newflash: Notley controls world oil prices.

Newsflash: Notley controls expansion of pine beetles.

Newsflash: Notley is most powerful person on the planet. She can do what no one can.
commented 2016-05-11 16:46:08 -0400
Dave, take a pill. The NDP have other priorities to spend your money on like union love and infill in cities. They could care less about rural working people. Show me where the “proposed” cuts have not already been made and then you may have a little credulity.
commented 2016-05-11 16:02:31 -0400
You do know that the budget has not been passed yet and that the Pine Beetle has been in Alberta for a while and the so called “proposed” cuts would not impact as they have not been implemented yet. But you know that don’t you, but you and your “non reporters” just like to spew lies.
commented 2016-05-11 13:42:21 -0400
Will there be any cuts to called workers or any unions???
commented 2016-05-11 12:07:06 -0400
I’ve been trying to fix blame for the devastating spread of the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) in BC on Gordon Campbell – the ex Premiere of BC who was nearly lynched by THE PEOPLE before being chased from office for lying and other High Crimes, and who was rewarded for this by being given a plush foreign office job and an invite to a Bilderbergers…
The fact is, once the MPB gets a foothold you need extended periods of -40 degrees to kill them off. Our ever changing weather patterns are part of the ever changing flora and fauna in this ecosystem. Fire suppression although appreciated by someone who lives in the remote bush, is unnatural and as we are seeing down the road, has some serious costs!
If it is not more than obvious to anyone that Notley and her fellow travellers are hell bent on the total destruction of Alberta, then there is something seriously wrong with your intellectual abilities…wake the f**k up!
commented 2016-05-11 08:32:22 -0400
Knowing socialist and environmentalist, they’d probably point to the destruction of the forest, that they themselves help create, on population and industrial growth in the area.
commented 2016-05-11 03:24:08 -0400
Priorities guys priorities, Nutley just had to expand the number of bureaucrats who vote left. Nothing lke big bloated government while the private sector and the trees die.
commented 2016-05-11 03:03:49 -0400
Hi Holly. Great to see that you are a scientist not just in the realm of rocks for jocks.
commented 2016-05-11 02:34:37 -0400
This pine beetle problem originated in BC so it has to be linked to climate change. This is just too good to pass up. Come on Suzuki, cobble something together and blame it on the logging industry.

I remember reading a story several years ago that Alberta wasn’t too worried about the pine beetle as the provincial experts thought the mountains would prevent the beetle from moving eastward. Apparently they found a way by the updraft of winds and when they came back to earth by the thousands it sounded like hail when they hit the roofs of buildings. Again, this just has to be climate change. Come on Suzuki, you can tie all of this together and chuck this shit against the wall and make it stick.
commented 2016-05-10 22:40:13 -0400
HOLLY - expose everything, every little crook and nanny
They would do unto us
commented 2016-05-10 22:33:38 -0400

These videos and story’s can only be shown as they are uncovered, tomorrow may bring something new, who knows?
commented 2016-05-10 21:31:37 -0400
Just a point, if the rebel would be so kind as to clarify for me. I pretty sure there was a previous story on the rebel, or Ezra said that the wild fire budget cut was the only cut the NDP made. This story said the pine beetle budget was cut. Could someone please clarify which is accurate? Thanks
commented 2016-05-10 20:48:48 -0400
Nothing in Alberta is the NDPs priority. Their head is in France and looking towards the next climate change boondoggle