November 26, 2015

Notley's NDP strikes again: In a single Alberta town, one out of every 10 people just got kicked out of their job

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

Rural Alberta is under attack by Rachel Notley. This time, the Sheerness coal mine and generating station at Hanna, Alberta are her targets.

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Sheerness coal mine and the 700 megawatt power plant are on the chopping block because the NDP government is plowing ahead with its plan to phase out cheap reliable coal fired electrical generation.

Sheerness employs about 200 people in a town of about 2500. That’s huge.

But Notley doesn’t care about coal towns, rural farming communities and small towns who rely on oil and gas because they don’t vote for her. They never will. They vote Wildrose. Some even vote PC.

Imagine if 10 percent of Edmonton's government workers lost their jobs because of a single NDP policy. There would be massive outcry, strikes and marches in the street.

But the NDP would never do that. They need those urban voters.

But they don't need Hanna. Those families in small towns across the province, towns just like Hanna -- well, they're just the latest sacrifice on the Altar of Al Gore. Just more collateral damage in Notely's war on oil and gas.

 

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commented 2015-12-20 12:02:59 -0500
An Armageddon is coming for the people and next time the NDP would be kicked out. But the damage would been done already.
commented 2015-12-16 11:07:00 -0500
Notley has no clue about the coal power plants in Western Canada and what has been done to make them some of the cleanest burning facilities in the WORLD!!! These are not the smoke billowing monsters you see in 3rd world countries and Asia. They are technological marvels that should be used as the templates for responsible use of our resources.
commented 2015-11-28 12:36:23 -0500
“Imagine if 10 percent of Edmonton’s government workers lost their jobs because of a single NDP policy. There would be massive outcry, strikes and marches in the street.”

Now, imagine if coal, oil, and gas companies took a step back, and realized that what they really should be branding themselves as is energy companies. There is a lot of potential for clean, geothermal energy in deep tunnels, such as the ones already in place from coal mines, oil wells, and I’m sure, natural gas fields.

There is no reason to think that with a little bit of money for retraining (a little short-term pain for long-term gain), the same Albertans who worked in a coal mine could be taught how to work in a geothermal power plant, or any number of renewable options.

Coal, oil, and natural gas are all going to run out some day, and we already know the devastating impact that working in a coal mine has on people’s health. I applaud the phasing out of coal mine activity, as long as replacements that are renewable and put people back to work are put in place.

That should be the next logical step for the NDP in Alberta – to retrain laid off workers so that they don’t have to be laid off for long. That’s where some of the carbon tax money should go.

Unless the energy companies pledge to do this R+D for greener, renewable energy themselves, they shouldn’t get the massive subsidies they are still about to get.

I am a social democrat, and I will not apologize for being so. Conservatives are on the wrong side of history, as usual.
commented 2015-11-28 01:18:32 -0500
I wonder what Belanger eats for breakfast ( grown by these so called people that live without facebook, gee Paul go check and see what is farmed around these small communities. If you don’t like their produce? Stop eating, right?
commented 2015-11-28 01:07:30 -0500
The idiotic statement by Armand Low about “15 deaths per billion KwHs”. More people die of sports injuries, so are you going to ban sports? sorry but you Armand are an idiot!
commented 2015-11-27 23:10:23 -0500
This serves Alberta right! They voted for this ridiculous woman! If Alberta really is upset over what she is going, where is the outrage or demonstrations at the Legislature Building in Edmonton!! I guess Albertians are to busy with the Grey Cup celebrations! They DON’T mind so why should we be upset!! MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALBERTA! Maybe you will soon be like Kathleen Wynne’s province. I don’T feel sorry for you at all. Start telling that “witch” to stop.
commented 2015-11-27 21:35:11 -0500
Armand Love , when they can prove it let me know. And turbines cause health problems as well.
commented 2015-11-27 19:08:52 -0500
Sheerness may kill up to 101 people per year.

According to many health studies compiled by Forbes and their “deathprint” of US coal plants, the adverse health effects of carbon particulates generated by the Sheerness power plant may kill about 101 people per year. Someone else can check my math. Here are my sources.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2012/06/10/energys-deathprint-a-price-always-paid/
(15,000 deaths per trillion kWh, or 15 deaths/billion kWh
http://www.atcopower.com/Our-Facilities/Our-Power-Technologies/Coal-Fired-Thermal/Sheerness
The Sheerness power plant produces 780 megawatts.
A 1 megawatt power plant produces 8,670,000 kWh per year, assuming no downtime, meaning that Sheerness can produce up to 6,762,600,000 kWh per year. 6.76 billion kWh per year.
(15 deaths/billion kWh) x (6.76 billion kWh per year) = 101 deaths per year.
commented 2015-11-27 18:30:00 -0500
snotley is another ecofascist here to ecoterrorize Alberta into a third world post apocalyptic dystopia. after all why not….the rest of the world is on the verge of world war 3 and now the NDP is here to wage their war against us.
commented 2015-11-27 18:22:38 -0500
Actually, the situation is far worse than you state. The 250 workers are only the ones at the plant – such a closure would also result in layoffs at the mine, as well. Additionally, Hannah receives its drinking water from the Sheerness plant, and the local farmers use it for irrigation. Sheerness is also not a ‘dirty’ plant – it’s operational output is roughly equivalent to a similarly-sized natural gas facility. Not that it matters… this isn’t environmentalism, it’s an agenda in action, and ‘saving’ the world has nothing to do with it. Look at the vast swathes of dead land in China from the creation of the rare-earth magnets in the Left’s beloved wind turbines. No, really, go look. Then come back and tell me about ‘green power’.
commented 2015-11-27 18:20:17 -0500
And the green kooks whine when we go after more gas, which will replace coal and be far cleaner, and they had no trouble defending the stoppage of the gas plant by Edmonton? So which is it? You want less coal or not?
commented 2015-11-27 14:43:14 -0500
“I support Notley since this is a dead industry anyways… These small town people have been living in the past and working in an At-risk sector for too long. About time reality slapped them in the face, IMO.”

So true, I wager that most of these folks working dawn to dusk out in the nether regions are not even on Facebook. for them “angry birds” most likely brings to mind angry Flickers chasing the Magpies that just stole eggs out of their nest. I bet their still doing stupid destructive things like plowing the land and chasing poor cows about the hills under the guise of some fictitious construct such “rural culture”. Too bad the cows are sent to those nasty slaughter houses, but good news, I heard that our newly arriving Muslim friends have a way better plan for those cows with the Halal thing, just in time too.
But hey if we can institute enough farm safety regulations and kill those damn little towns and farms of ignorant redneck people out there by suppressing things like the cheap energy industry production in those nether regions we can then set them all in homeless shelters here in Calgary and Edmonton, that will allow us to get on with our real lives in the real world of “Social Media” and “Social License”.
Hey, to hell with worrying about old trivialities like $16 oranges and such, with our new BFF Trudeau we are off to COP21, Going to make it an early Christmas for the the IMF’s Global warming fund, folks all over the world will love us for sure, don’t you just get that fuzzy warm feeling already. Its only paper money with the Queen’s picture on it anyway, and as we have seen recently its quickly becoming worthless. When that is all used up there are plenty of Quebec artists who can make much prettier pictures on the new stuff.
great times ahead.
commented 2015-11-27 14:21:34 -0500
“I support Notley since this is a dead industry anyways… These small town people have been living in the past and working in an At-risk sector for too long. About time reality slapped them in the face, IMO.”

So true, I wager that most of these folks working dawn to dusk out in the nether regions are not even on Facebook. for them “angry birds” most likely brings to mind angry Flickers chasing the Magpies that just stole eggs out of their nest. I bet there still doing stupid things like plowing the land and chasing poor cows about the hills, oops sorry there are no hills near Hanna.
But hey if we can institute enough farm safety regulations and kill those damn little towns full redneck redneck real people out there by suppressing things like the cheap energy industry in those nether regions we can then set them all in homeless shelters here in Calgary and Edmonton. that will allow us to get on with our real lives in the real world of “Social Media” and “Social License”.
great times ahead.
commented 2015-11-27 12:09:04 -0500
I also agree that this is bad but what no one talks about is that these power plants are way past there life expectancy and should have been replaced years ago
commented 2015-11-27 11:26:07 -0500
Another small AB town falls to Agenda 21 population relocation planning – into the metro areas they go and into the tight urban control grid.
commented 2015-11-27 11:23:14 -0500
Has anybody actually lost their jobs in Hanna, yet?

If not, this headline is misleading. Yellow journalism.
commented 2015-11-27 11:10:15 -0500
Yea, sure Mark, let’s see your studies backing your comment. The only thing dirty in AB these days, is the politics under the No Democracy Party!
commented 2015-11-27 09:52:36 -0500
Excited to see that toxic plant closing. It has been polluting my community and my farm for years. If you can’t adapt to changing technologies, if you can’t compete in a market, then your business should fail. Such is capitalism. Change and adapt or get left behind. Dirty coal and anti-climate change bull shit is the reason why we can’t build a pipeline. We need to shape up our imagine and adapt to the modern economy if we want to remain competitive and sell our oil.
commented 2015-11-27 09:13:25 -0500
Don’t worry Geordie, there won’t even be an Alberta for the children and grandchildren when ndp is done with it. They will tax and they will spend, and guess what? The climate will still change as it always has and people will keep on polluting the oceans and fill up the land fills…..
When 1% of the earth’s inhabitants are DOING something about ending pollution, it’s going to take many, many, many years to actually see a difference, and doing it in a economy crushing, socialist way, the people AND the climate suffer.
commented 2015-11-27 07:34:29 -0500
Geordie….reality should kick you in the ass…Its somebody else that is going to experience the hardship, not you. So that’s ok in your book. It’s assholes like you that make me lose my lunch. And I know if it were you losing your job, you would be out there whining and whimpering that the government isn’t doing enough to support you.
commented 2015-11-27 02:54:19 -0500
George. End of the World? Thks for demonstrating your psychosis. Oh, Germany – the first to adopt wind and sun – is going back to coal. On your Lefty CBC the other night they pointed out 80% of emissions come from emerging economies, with India adding a coal plant per week. You really think this ONE will “save the planet”? According to the UN, where all this junk “science” is coming from, they point out Canada is only responsible for 1.5% of all global emissions. If every Cdn died at 9am in the morning, it wouldn’t make ANY difference – and you think ONE coal plant will “save the planet”?? Who’s ignorant now George? Now, here’s the real test. Now that you know the truth, are you going to bury your head in the sand and insist, or are you going to change your tune
commented 2015-11-27 01:44:33 -0500
Oh and if you support this petition to end the carbon tax,
YOU ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE END OF THE WORLD. YOUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE TO LEAVE IN PERPETUAL CHAOS BECAUSE OF YOUR IGNORANCE TOWARDS NATURE.
commented 2015-11-27 01:42:09 -0500
I support Notley since this is a dead industry anyways… These small town people have been living in the past and working in an At-risk sector for too long. About time reality slapped them in the face, IMO.
Alberta doesn’t need COAL anymore… Renewable is the way of the future. And to all you ignorant folks out there that still don’t ‘believe’ in global warming- Alberta is the epic center of wasted time and energy. We are the reason the planet is in turmoil right now.
commented 2015-11-27 01:20:49 -0500
Notley the slag needs to go.
commented 2015-11-26 23:10:42 -0500
Peter Netterville – I think that Notley is more like the Grim Reaper!
commented 2015-11-26 20:45:24 -0500
Once the Co2 drops below 400 ppm vegetation will start to die. So will all the farms. Just a hunch, global depopulation?
commented 2015-11-26 20:04:11 -0500
peter netterville. icannot believe that gets a free pass. we are dumping sewage and garbage into a fragile ecosystem that has a far more devastating potential than co2 emissions. but co2 is the flavor of the month for the enviro fools. co2 is a natural occurring component in our atmosphere. want to reduce co2, plant a tree, plant a garden. its not about the envoirnment anyway, the enviro whackos are anti corporate and whatever it takes to shut them down, so be it. I worked 38 years in the coal industry including hanna. its a modern plant burning very clean coal. there is no more dependable and cheaper form of electricity. this is also the socialists true colors to attack the middle class. ndp was the biggest mistake alberta ever made.
commented 2015-11-26 19:01:59 -0500
home town of Lanny MacDonald
commented 2015-11-26 18:52:00 -0500
Cheap energy is what large plants run on. Take away coal and business will move. Look at Ontario. Cheap coal is not great for the coal producers, but its not bad for plants who rely on cheap energy to keep their business viable. Producers still make money when its low. It is also exported. Ever heard of volume?
OMG Tammy, I am so sick of msm groupies coming over to the Rebel and whining when they don’t know what they are talking about. The NDP is the sngle handedly destroying Alberta. And by closing down coal producers, is helping to hamper business in the whole country.
commented 2015-11-26 18:44:32 -0500
sorry to continue my post it is terribly sad that the arguments that make so much sense will be ignored by true believers who will not debate a position only bleat out insults to drown out rational discussion.i hate to say something so radical but we will not retake our province by waiting for them to see that we are right.i am losing faith in the wildrose by the minute for there continued silence we need a real leader to speak out against the radical left and to mobilize a radical right as this is the only way to liberate our beloved province.