September 23, 2015

Notley falsely claims Alberta's air quality endangering seniors and children

Rebel Staff
 

Premier Notley met with the Alberta Chamber of Commerce Tuesday evening.  

She was trying to assure the business community that Alberta was a safe place to invest in again. But she couldn’t help herself. She just had to take a swipe at the oil patch.

Notley said Alberta has poor air quality and that it is endangering the lives of our seniors and our children. But is this true? Can we fact check the Premier in real time? Well, I did. And it doesn’t fit the NDP narrative.

I found that the air quality in Alberta was good at least 95% of the time. I found the same results looking at the air quality in Fort McMurray as I saw looking at the results in Fort Saskatchewan. Our air is clean.

I’m proud of my province and our environmental stewardship.

It’s too bad that my premier isn’t.

 

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commented 2015-09-26 20:57:59 -0400
Back to the topic of this thread……cities are inherently less healthy than the country. Canada has vast unoccupied spaces. We keep bringing in immigrants…who almost invariably congregate in cities.

Have you ever noticed how few “environmentalists” actually live in a healthy environment?

David Suzuki made a poisonous suggestion in this regard….he advocates that EVERYONE should be required to live in an urban environment for the sake of ecology…….that was exactly what led to the fall of Athens in the time of Socrates in their siege by the Spartans…..cities breed plagues and epidemics…..which would suit the High Priest of Misanthropy just fine.

He also uses comparisons of the fossil fuel consumption of people in the Indian sub continent as compared to Canadians as a sort of “shame on you”

Now let me first say that among the smorgasbord of immigrant applicants ….as an “old stock” Canadian….I rather like that group……the speak English with an accent that is pleasant to the ear….they are well educated polite and civil…they are self reliant and entrepreneurial ….my sort of immigrant.

But each and every one that we would accept into Canada would add to David Suzuki’s ecology crime……are they going to set their thermostats low? Are they going to choose a Prius….or something prestigious? And are they going to settle for a Bauhaus box of an apartment or a fine prestigeous home in the suburbs?
commented 2015-09-26 20:34:53 -0400
Mr Brinkman….name me the names of anyone who frequents this site who gives a damn about your grievances or your disapointments. And let Jimmy and Terry speak for themselves if they care to.

I was tempted to apply to the REBEL for a writing job …or to make submissions to the MEGAPHONE……but to be true to myself and the likeminded I speak for…..I will never put myself in a position where any part of my livelihood might be subject to political correction……and I could really use the money….I was a union organizer….but I will never endorse that movement again. A union should do NOTHING other than to get the best deal for it’s members……but the union movement has far too many political hobbies that are entirely wrong.
commented 2015-09-26 20:06:18 -0400
Here is part of a letter which I wrote to the editor of the Calgary Herald: What our fossil fuel industries do, is to take crude oil, or oil sands, which come out of the ground dirty, clean it by way of the refining process, and sell it for a reasonable price, to serve a useful purpose.

A thought I had while shaving, is what our neighbours to the south do, —particularly Hollywood, which is to take sex, which starts out clean, pollute it, and then sell it throughout the world at an exorbitant price, which serves no useful purpose. I hereby submit that “mind pollution” in the world is a much more serious problem than is “environmental pollution”.
commented 2015-09-26 12:22:00 -0400
If you lived down wind from the flaring stacks in the Rimby-RMH-Pendryl petro-dev triangle you may think differently. That said, Premier McNutley is probably talking out of her butt because “air quality” measurement concerns are largely urban and largely a measure of auto and industrial emissions – cities of comparable size have similar quality ratings even with that Albertas 2 metro centers average far better readings than GTA or Montreal. Alberta’s rural air quality is routinely cleansed by west wind and Chinooks and even with petro developments is much better than Cottage country in Ontario or PQ which are predominantly down wind of major metro areas.

http://aqicn.org/map/canada/#@g/43.7327/-78.0901/8z
commented 2015-09-26 12:09:42 -0400
Brinkman . . . “Too bad Ezra never saw the true value into hiring me, a 42 year newspaper pressman” ? ? ?

Why did you quit running the Press? Did you get fired? If you worked at the Journal you would be set for life . . . if they had to haul you out of the Greenbriar . . . I can understand . . . lol
commented 2015-09-26 11:00:54 -0400
Thanks for posting that Paul, I believe you. I think the highest safety and environmental standards are something to be proud of, and any problems learned from and improved upon. Why wouldn’t anyone involved with the industry be trying to do that.
commented 2015-09-25 21:28:29 -0400
I work maintenance in a plant (SERP) at Syncrude Base, that removes sulphur emissions, this was a billion dollar investment on Syncrude’s part. Every single plant built in Alberta in the last twenty years, has an SRU (Sulphur Reduction Unit). Every older plant has had an SRU added to it. dob’t tell me industry has not made a significant effort.
commented 2015-09-25 17:34:09 -0400
Red Deer or Edmonton are not comparable to L.A. or Bejing .
The offenders you point to are an easy fix.
High efficiency wood burning stoves
no idle policy
If the odd back yard fire in a pit is a problem for you ask your neighbour not to do it.
most municipalities compost leaves and have already banned burning it.
What does any of this have to do with industry or resource extraction? The sources you site could exist in any place, like the Okanagan Valley for example where a temp. inversion means there is little or no dispersion of anything. Why are Red Deer and Edmonton getting such a bad rap?
commented 2015-09-25 17:31:54 -0400
Alan, if there is no monitoring for carcinogens, how do you know it is problematic? The only advisories I can find are for smoke levels due to wildfires. The monitoring sites I can find all have low levels on every score.
You keep saying the monitoring systems are unsophisticated, how do you know, where are you getting this information.
commented 2015-09-25 14:25:04 -0400
The biggest toxin in the province is the Notley government.
commented 2015-09-24 21:53:00 -0400
Doug The situation is bad in Red Deer but even worse in Edmonton. I can relate to your concerns as I could never live in Edmonton. I note that Edmonton appeared in a video, complete with the pall of pollution over the city, along with L.A. and Beijing , dealing with todays polluted cities. As mentioned, the Air Quality Health Index is of very limited value. There is no monitoring for carcinogens as an example because, as one environmental minister pointed out, “Albertans get riled up about cancer”.
commented 2015-09-24 20:58:14 -0400
The only THING the people of Alberta need to fear is, Motley Notley herself. Oh, and perhaps, people with the mind set of Brinkman.
commented 2015-09-24 18:29:31 -0400
Actually, we simply need to continue increasing efficiency, continue reducing emissions responsibly, continue research into optimizing ALL forms of energy and using the best source of energy to suit the given need. The World needs ALL forms of energy, for health, safety, protection, production, construction, manufacture, transportation, pleasure, comfort, competition, growth and success, just to name a few. Build a better mousetrap and the market is yours! But market should be achieved by capability and value, not by Mandate. That makes the most sense for Humanity. That makes the most sense for Humans also!

I have a far greater fear of adapting to life and climate without fossil fuels than I will ever fear any life with them!

Any Government, if worth it’s salt, should be looking at issuing INCENTIVES to any Industry. The Industry tax will be ‘X’ amount, but if your Company increases Efficiency by a MEASURED % and reduces Emissions by a MEASURED %, then you get a scaled REDUCTION in your taxes! That way it shows commitment to the World, while keeping the Country successful with industry optimization, NOT elimination! The current NDP in Alberta are failing the very people they are supposed to represent!

The choice to support our World Class, ever optimizing Fossil Fuel Industry is up to the individual. Perhaps the Governments should simply issue two cards. #1 says ‘I support fossil fuels’, #2 says ‘I do not support fossil fuels’. You can only sign one! But in order to get gas at the pump, or propane for your BBQ, you MUST have a signed #1 card!

That will weed out a large number of hypocrites in my opinion.
Rachel, who are you really working for?
commented 2015-09-24 18:26:43 -0400
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! We need ALL forms of Energy and Rachel needs to support the Alberta Advantage we have!
commented 2015-09-24 18:23:55 -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 18:03:48 -0400
Doug or Richard – or whoever your are, you are a full blown narcissist, and there isn’t a cure. You spew such nonsense, it’s quite pathetic that you think you are a real journalist! Ezra was right not to hire you, but I think the MSM would.
commented 2015-09-24 17:31:58 -0400
@ Liza

It’s not the spamming or different perspective that’s a problem – its to be expected in places like this – its the “crazy chick – stalker meme” he seems to have developed that I find a little odd. What’s really strange is I don’t think he’s aware he’s doing it.
commented 2015-09-24 14:19:08 -0400
Francis you can say that again, looks like he’s going to make us suffer anyway. Clearly sour grapes. I wish he would do a megaphone where he could spew in one place instead of spamming the entire site. I’m sick of it. He already bad mouths the Rebel and Ezra, so what more harm would it cause to throw the troll out! I don’t care what anyone would say about him being censured, to hell with it , turf him.

Regarding air quality, I suggest anyone who thinks Alberta’s air quality is bad, go to China or L.A. Give me a break.

Welcome Sheila Gunn Reid. I am enjoying your contributions and your energy.
commented 2015-09-24 11:49:57 -0400
The level of fine particulates in Central Alberta, as measured by several monitoring stations, exceeds current standards. Even then the standards are too high and I have a Harvard study which notes that there are an unusual numbers of senior’s deaths in areas where fine particulates are below current standards. There is nothing new in these findings as fine particulates pre-date germs and cigarette smoking as a cause of illness and deaths. We have additional problems in Red Deer as we do not have a single initiative to curb emissions from the Big Three urban sources -— cars, trucks and residential wood burning. Add these emissions to the industrial emissions and you have a huge problem. The Air Quality Health Index is too primitive and ill-considered to identify the additional pollution problems in cities as the problems are localized.
commented 2015-09-24 11:44:05 -0400
Francis Marion, I was thinking the same thing.
commented 2015-09-24 11:32:40 -0400
Doug wrote:

“Too bad Ezra never saw the true value into hiring me, a 42 year newspaper pressman who has built 9 years of trustworthiness with my YouTube viewers of over 600 subscribers and over a quarter million views of my YouTubes watched from across Canada and around the world… It’s Ezra’s loss – I hope REBEL COMMENTATOR SHEILA GUNN REID takes my advise as constructive criticisms – I wish her the best! "

Not sure if you realize how bad this sounds – like a crazy female stalker whining about how the love of her life married the wrong woman and she’ll prove it. It’s very narcissistic and borderline crazy. It’s really, really disturbing.
commented 2015-09-24 11:18:19 -0400
BRINKMAN You just hit a new low calling Sheila a clown. Typical progressive move. You bash Ezra and his staff but it is refreshing to be able to come to a site to get news that has not been twisted to a lefty view. Not that they lie but twist the news or do not tell all of it. Just the parts that fit the liberal narrative I do not always agree with what is said but it is more believable than the crap you put out. And Brian also does a great job of keeping us informed
commented 2015-09-24 11:06:07 -0400
Doug Brinkman, you shouldn’t even be on this site. You just stated that you would want a union for the Rebel. You are a true lefty and I for one, will not waste my time with you anymore. UNION LOL. LMAO. Get a real job and contribute to this country already.
commented 2015-09-24 10:44:33 -0400
The air pollution issue is very real here in Red Deer. The problem is being compounded by the lack of basic clean air issues,—— smog testing for cars and filters on diesel exhausts. Alberta’s cities can not thumb their noses at clean air issues without serious health consequences. The most serious problem, is the smoke and carcinogenic chemicals. from a neighbour’s wood burning in fireplaces, stoves, fire pits, chimenias and pizza ovens. The pollutants dissipate before reaching a monitoring unit. I note a Harvard study identifying deaths among seniors even where fine particulate levels below those in Central Alberta. The Air Quality Health Index is largely ineffective as urban pollution is localized and only a few simple chemicals are monitored. There is no monitoring for carcinogens because ,as one environment minister put it, “Albertans get riled up about cancer” .
commented 2015-09-24 10:09:12 -0400
Doug said, “Too bad Ezra never saw the true value into hiring me…”

When you first started whining for a job at theRebel.Media, and from the wrong place to apply I might add, I kinda figured Ezra would be way too smart to hire a leftie troll like yourself, Richard/Doug. Ezra has proven me correct. He hires the intelligent ones, not leftie trolls.

Of course, it would have helped your case a lot if you did not insult him every time you post a comment.
commented 2015-09-24 08:31:44 -0400
I have not heard of moderate Muslims actually condemning acts of violence committed by radical Muslims.
commented 2015-09-24 08:21:11 -0400
People in free and rich countries demand higher hygene standards. When the Berlin wall fell we got to see just how polluted the eastern block industry was. I would much rather live in the heart of industrial development in Canada than in the heart of industrial development in China because we have been good enough at what we do to be able to demand high standards and still produce top quality products and resources. Once the laws and limits are set (and are reasonable) government should get out of the way and let us work. If we meet the limits, leave us alone. If we exceed the limits, study to see if harm is done (that is, to determine damages and to see if the limits are reasonable) and fine appropriately. If a company makes too many messes then they will be shut down because they can’t pay all of the fines. A duck in a settling pond should have the same value as a duck struck down by a windmill or fried by a solar collection grid.
commented 2015-09-24 07:50:37 -0400
FATHER LAWRENCE WINSLOW, “Notely is typical NDP who does know the meaning of truth and reality. Further, like a good NDP, she makes up ‘facts’ and becomes agitated when logical people do not accept her lying dream world!” I respectfully disagree. For ‘progressives’ like Notley there is no such thing as a lie because in her post-modern, relativistic world there is no such thing as absolute truth. If there is no such thing as right, how can there be wrong?
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart. – Proverbs 21:2
In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. – Judges 17:6