April 14, 2015

Think tank to premiers: Reconsider pipeline projects like Energy East

Rebel Staff

As premiers and territorial leaders meet to discuss climate change in Quebec City, the Pembina Institute has issued a report warning against the construction of new oil pipelines.

Pembina -- a think tank whose advisory council includes Preston Manning -- claims that increasing the number of pipelines could create enough carbon pollution to cancel out much of the reductions the provinces have already achieved.

The timing of the report is intentional. CBC reports that:

By the fall, governments around the world must reveal their concrete plans to cut carbon emissions for the next decade at an international UN climate change conference in Paris. The initial deadline was March 31, which Canada missed.

Oilsands production is projected to double by 2030, facilitated by construction of new pipelines like TransCanada's Energy East.

Pembina's executive director Ed Whittingham claims that Energy East alone would "increase carbon pollution by about 32 million tonnes every year — equivalent to putting seven million new cars on the road annually," according to CBC.

"Putting in new oil pipelines in the absence of how we're going to meet our international obligations is putting the cart before the horse," he said.

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commented 2015-04-15 01:41:56 -0400
Judy’s comment should be sent to every premier and we should demand an answer from them and also an answer who authorized Eric Flanagan to have any input on our country’s business decisions
commented 2015-04-14 21:16:16 -0400
“increasing the number of pipelines could create enough carbon pollution to cancel out much of the reductions the provinces have already achieved” – WHAT!
How is using Canadian Oil transported shorter distances though more efficient pipelines to replace OPEC (Blood Oil) that is currently shipped to Eastern Canada and Quebec going to increase pollution?
You have to have incredible intellectual challenges to believe that idiocy. Just consider the amount of energy required to get the Oil from the Ground in Saudi Arabia and ship it to New Brunswick and compare that to the amount of energy required to extract the Oil in Alberta and pump it to New Brunswick. The reduction in Energy for the Pipeline would be like taking tens of thousands of cars off the road!
Pembina Institute is funded by California Oil Companies and probably Warren Buffet, never believe anything they say! >.<
commented 2015-04-14 19:20:55 -0400
Who cares what these left wing fear mongers think. Lets get these pipelines built and soon than later.
commented 2015-04-14 17:54:16 -0400
Pipeline Politics. The CBC would be telling a different story if the Lib’s were in power. What difference dose it make anyway, when India and China are building hundreds of coal fired generators. This thing is a global problem but will China and India listen?
commented 2015-04-14 17:25:56 -0400
Maurie the other provinces can’t speak for there own. our premer Christy clark wasn’t even there. and weather Brad wall was there or not he don’t have to abide bye the rules in his province.
commented 2015-04-14 17:24:01 -0400
the un has no power over our country they can’t do anything to us at all.
commented 2015-04-14 17:22:58 -0400
i herd that b.C premier Christy Clark wasn’t there that’s good because then that means she’s not buying into this lies. the earth hasn’t warmed up in the last 19 yrs. can’t these people see that.
commented 2015-04-14 13:53:17 -0400
The next time terrorists want to fly planes into buildings can somebody draw a large target on the UN building
commented 2015-04-14 13:31:04 -0400
I guess I am confused. Once the pipelines are built, how is the product moving inside a pipeline causing climate pollution. We all know that people will never stop using petroleum and petroleum based products, so why are we importing the gas from other countries rather than using our own. Importing the gas puts money in the pockets of less desirable governments when it could be kept in Canada to provide jobs and help the Canadian economy. If we are to believe their way of thinking, then if CBC wants to help with climate change, (which in reality the Sun has a lot to do with it), maybe they should close their doors. All their cameras, computers, cell phones and gas for their vehicle etc, are a big part of the problem. The money the government would save if CBC was gone could be used for climate change.
“By the fall, governments around the world must reveal their concrete plans”. Why does the UN think they have the power to tell any nation what they must do. They are just trying to push their Agenda 21, and their idea there should be a one world government. The UN has outlived it’s usefulness and should be disbanded.
commented 2015-04-14 13:22:28 -0400
Judy, I loved your post. I don’t think there’s anything I can add, except maybe “Do all the Premiers by into the crap too? I Wynne does, but Brad Wall, is he on board with this? Or was he just out-voted?”
commented 2015-04-14 11:10:07 -0400
Premiers…“this stuff is bullshit, but if we can raise more taxes, and people buy it, lets ride this bandwagon”
commented 2015-04-14 10:37:20 -0400
Deflation is here. Not sure how many of these builds are financially viable. Typical lazy, slow thinking liberal pigs. It’s going to get much worse out there – a final lesson learned for the majority that keeps voting these liberal pigs into power.
commented 2015-04-14 10:32:04 -0400
Why is it the more you here of the different affiliations that Preston manning has with these institutions the more it leaves one scratching his/ her head? This mans timing is impeccable for the upset of economic and political stratagem in this country . Remember back when he set BACK the Conservative party of Canada and we had to suffer through another 4 years of Liberal madness, you look back with a magnifying glass and it is interesting what it reveals. That’s a story that’s custom made for Ezra and the rebel staff. I think it’s a fox in the henhouse story.
commented 2015-04-14 10:09:40 -0400
Judy you stole my thunder. You said what many are thinking. Good one.
commented 2015-04-14 09:27:21 -0400
Glenn, you have uncovered the evil plot! That’s it! We can’t put the cat, black cat in this case, back in the bag. You just ruined our evil right wing agenda! Shame on you! :)
commented 2015-04-14 09:14:53 -0400
Now let’s get this straight….we have to stop producing and distributing oil immediately because:

(a) we might spill some…..and…..

(b) we just might end up actually using what we don’t spill

Bad weather is a conspiracy of the evil oil corporations aimed at selling more oil which in turn causes more bad weather….which in turn creates more addiction to oil…why don’t you people get it?…………….:-)
commented 2015-04-14 09:11:08 -0400
Judy, you make salient points. Our sovereignty is under assault from bored billionaires who want to create a brave new world.
commented 2015-04-14 09:10:01 -0400
I see the CBC is using creative math again. I think that is called “politico math”, which holds as its main characteristic the dynamic fluidity of numbers to compensate to produce the desired numbers to support a specific politically outcome. Then when you take the desired numbers and bind them to a political agenda, voila!
Then they can say, “See, see?! Look at those numbers, they just prove that pipelines create carbon dioxide. We designed . . . ummm . . . I mean, we knew it all the time!”
commented 2015-04-14 09:09:09 -0400
Alberta’s “conservative” government has funded these organized anti-oil, left-wing radicals. Unbelievable.
commented 2015-04-14 08:17:44 -0400
Pembina is just another troughster NGO looking for government handouts. They have zero credibility. “Oilsands production is projected to double by 2030, facilitated by construction of new pipelines like TransCanada’s Energy East.”

Asinine to say the least. It has escaped the pointy heads at Pembina that the bottom has fallen out of the oilsands yet they still spew their misinformation. Follow the money and you will find Pembina, Environmental Defense etc. with their hands out
commented 2015-04-14 08:15:15 -0400
“By the fall, governments around the world MUST reveal their concrete plans to cut carbon emissions for the next decade at an international UN climate change conference in Paris. The initial DEADLINE was March 31, which Canada missed.”

Is Canada just a province of the UN? Is our actual country UN? Who is our new national sovereign? If so what are our provinces?…little unimportant towns? I just wonder why governments around the world are, not only willing, but proactive, in allowing themselves to be commanded by this entity like little sheep? Whatever happened to national pride and unity? Whatever happened to national SOVEREIGNTY? Whatever has happened to Preston Manning? And who is Eric Flanagan: what are his qualifications to instruct Canada how to reduce productivity, jobs and wealth for a nebulous concept dreamed up by SOME scientists who are being challenged by other scientists?…I can find nothing to indicate who this man is who seems able to instruct our whole country to stop making money and shut down the engine that pays our way or at least put restraints on it that cause its production to decline and our costs to rise exponentially? Is national poverty to be preferred to carbon dioxide, a perfectly natural product that helps plants grow better? Finally, are we, the little people supposed to eventually sacrifice much to please this international entity and be dragged down to third world status?
commented 2015-04-14 08:11:50 -0400
Perhaps all these Premiers and their toadies should all take a horse and buggy or at least a bus to conferences such as this to set an example. Better yet, put a few dozen passenger cars behind 100 oil tanker cars on that train needed for lack of pipelines.