One of the busiest and most beautiful lakes in Alberta is Wabamun Lake. (We ran a story about this gorgeous place last year, with great photos.)
What makes this even more extraordinary is that the area is also dotted with coal-fired power plants. They’re small, close to zero-emission, reliable, and provide cheap power.
Putting up the same number of wind turbines, for example, would turn the whole area into an ugly hundred square mile wind factory and bird sacrifice zone.
But that’s what Rachel Notley and the NDP are planning to do, remember: eliminate the clean coal power plants.
Well, Enmax, the power company for Calgary, recently announced that they are cancelling their contract to buy coal-fired power. Three other Alberta power companies have done the same thing: TransCanada, AltaGas and Capital Power.
You'd think Notley's government would be thrilled.
Except that when all these energy companies bail out of coal-fired power, the province has to pick up the contract.
So now the NDP is panicking, obviously. The Alberta government is already collapsing under debt. Now they realize they will be on the hook for billions of dollars of coal-fired power that they themselves just made useless.
Did the NDP not know this would happen when they went on about “getting out of coal”?
(PHOTOS: Sean McCormick, mccormickphotography.com)