Newfoundland had a blue ribbon inquiry into fracking in 2014. Released their report in 2016. It’s almost 2018, by the way.
But here's the big new announcement:
A panel is going to write a report about the last panel that wrote a report.
Fracking is creating a lot of jobs — for panels that write reports.
Newfoundland’s unemployment rate ticked up last month from 14.7 per cent to 15.1 per cent. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick stayed flat, but that was before the $15.7 billion Energy East pipeline project was killed.
So what will the unemployment rate be in a month or so, when the skeleton crews preparing for that $15.7 billion deal shut down? Terminate office leases, hand out severance cheques, tell local contractors things won’t move forward?
And fracking doesn’t need another study:
It was invented in the 1940s. About 90 per cent of all natural gas in Canada is fracked. About 90 per cent of the oil in North America, other than the oilsands, is fracked.
Newfoundland, the rest of the Atlantic provinces, Quebec: They all have fracking bans.
And they all love their equalization payments, too — from oil-producing provinces.
But how long do you think the Atlantic will survive, when those transfer payments are cut in half as the left finishes destroying Canada's oil and gas industry?
NEXT: Claudia Rosett, Foreign Policy Fellow with the Independent Women's Forum, joins me to talk about Trump's "calm before the storm" remark about North Korea.
THEN: Our own David Menzies comes on to talk about what happened when he drove our crowdfunded "Arab Idol" billboard to a concert in London, Ontario.
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