The Alberta NDP are using the caribou as their latest club to beat the embattled oil and gas industry with.
The NDP have plans to protect another 1.8 million hectares of Alberta wilderness from development, in order to preserve woodland caribou habitat.
The Caribou Communities of Alberta say they weren’t consulted when the NDP accepted the plans to protect the caribou habitat. (This may sound familiar to farmers…)
But part of this newly protected area would include a tract of land, nearly 400,000 hectares, that isn’t critical for the caribou.
The Caribou Communities worry that making this huge chunk of land off limits to development — with no real benefit to the caribou — would cost their already struggling communities precious jobs.
But you know who is helping the caribou? Oil companies.
Caribou migration is built into their business plans and project considerations.
The Algar Project saw oil companies plant 161,700 trees to recover 340km of seismic exploration lines in the region, to reclaim the habitat for the caribou.
The NDP don’t care about the caribou the way the towns and the people who live within the caribou habitat do.
The NDP only care about using caribou as the new polar bear, as just another mascot in the fight against fossil fuels.
Aren't the NDP all about “social license” and local buy in? Isn’t that how they think pipelines are supposed to happen?
Well, these locals aren’t buying what the NDP are selling.