The NDP have formed a new provincial agency, Energy Efficiency Alberta, tasked with the job of supporting people in reducing greenhouse emissions, energy use and keeping energy costs down.
The $645 million cost is a concern, but what’s more concerning is who’s on the panel. The Chair, Dr. David Wheeler, President and Vice Chancellor at Cape Breton University, Chaired another panel that recommended fracking remain on hold in Nova Scotia even though hydrocarbon extraction could bring in billions in revenue annually and create over 1,400 jobs. Missing from his report was evidence of what catastrophe might come from fracking. Risks with groundwater, carbon emissions and seismicity were noted but those factors were said to impose minor to moderate risk.
There’s minimal exploration in Nova Scotia but test wells show the presence of both oil and gas. Right now, they get about 55% of their electricity from coal. The rest is derived from thermal, renewables like wind and hydro and independent sources. They use some oil and gas and with pipeline infrastructure in place, natural gas resources would surely drive their astronomical energy costs down. To compare, even at the lowest time of use rate from 11 pm to 7 am, their cost is double what Albertans pay.
It’s clear the NDP have Alberta on Nova Scotia’s path. During their recent Calgary convention, a fracking moratorium was one resolution discussed and quickly put to rest. But why are the NDP hiring an academic that suggested extending a fracking moratorium in Nova Scotia, to analyze Alberta’s energy strategy?
This isn’t mere coincidence. Notley has already hinted at a fracking ban when production was shut down in Fox Creek due to apparent seismic activity associated with the process. If fracking were shut down, natural gas would be scarce and prices would skyrocket, forcing families to choose between heating their homes or putting food on the table.