Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna was in Calgary to announce yet more emissions regulations on the already over-regulated oil and gas industry using the same old climate alarmism talking points.
McKenna talked about job creation, the great benefits to the economy and about how the Liberals will be reducing methane emissions under the guise of improving air quality, health and safety.
Except we don’t have any air quality issues in Alberta and in fact, health risks are considered to be low even according to the Alberta government’s own website.
Watch as I explain how this is yet another attack on the oil and gas industry and Canadians.
Once you cut through all the Liberal nonsense, the only result this will have is to make things more expensive for everyone.
In the end, companies will pass their costs on to Albertans who are already dealing with an expensive carbon tax.
McKenna reassures us that this is going to be a bargain at $10 per tonne to reduce methane emissions yet in her own press release, the value of the conserved gas is $1.6B while the cost to the oil and gas industry will be $3.3B.
We were also shamed about being environmental laggards with McKenna saying we need to catch up to the US, but if that’s true, the best way to do that is to cut red tape and approve projects so we can get our product to market.
Another thing I noticed? McKenna trotted out her Tides funded pals at the Pembina Institute and the press release mentions collaborating with US based activist groups but there weren’t any representatives from the oil and gas industry around, and none of the industry stakeholders were named in the press release.
By now, it must be obvious this is another not so veiled attempt to attack Albertans and the Alberta oil and gas industry.