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Proposed Bill C-12 The Destruction of Canada from Within

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Candidate of Record 2021 Maverick Party

I am a geologist with over 25 years experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. I have taught, part time, petroleum courses at Mount Royal University. My current field is politics as I am...

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The Canadian Government’s response to the so-called “Climate Emergency” is all about pain for Canadians with no gain for the environment. Bill C-12 is an Act respecting transparency and accountability in Canada’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050, an unrealistic target set in Paris, and it has been established without any cost/benefit analysis. No other government in the world is recommending adopting these targets.

All Canadians must be stewards of our environment and encourage clean practices. This is a beautiful country that future generations will enjoy playing in. Real pollution, such as excessive packaging, raw sewage disposal, and poor recycling practices, needs to be addressed to ensure a cleaner future for our waterways and lands. The oil and gas industry in Canada generates revenue, creates jobs, and is operated under the strictest environmental and health and safety standards and regulatory requirements in the world. As demand for hydrocarbon increases, our Western Canadian products are locked out of markets—allowing foreign-produced hydrocarbon to achieve greater market share. These are foreign countries with lower environmental standards and, in some cases, lower standards in areas such as human rights that are fundamentally opposed to our Canadian values of democracy and freedom.

Eastern Canadian provinces haven’t reduced their hydrocarbon use…foreign oil is being shipped in tankers and sold to Quebec refineries. The East is not using less of the fuel, they are simply buying from sources other than the West.  

 

 

Maximum Pain                     

The approval process for projects has been moved from the Provinces to the Federal Government:

     Bill C-69 – no new pipelines

     Bill C-48 – west coast tanker ban

  • Increased red tape
  • Increased production costs
  • Employment losses
  • Loss of investment
  • Loss of market share

NO Gain

  • Oil and gas projects continue unabated in other countries
  • Oil consumption in Eastern Canada continues unabated but sourced from foreign countries
  • Foreign sources do not have the same environmental standards as the west
  • Our LNG (liquefied natural gas) facilities could supply China with clean-burning LNG (that has lower GHG (greenhouse gas) than coal) as an alternative to coal, that China now uses to generate electricity.

We cannot and should not ignore the benefit of selling our LNG to China as it is a completely win-win scenario for all involved – Canada gets revenue, Western Canadians get back to work (additional revenue for Canada), China gets a vast and secure source of gas, China emits less GHGs, and can bring up the standard of living of its citizens. We cannot ship our LNG products as we were denied approval to construct a pipeline to bring our natural gas to LNG facilities in Kitimat.

 

Why Does This Matter?

Transitioning from fossil fuels is not viable (especially in a very cold climate like Canada), is impractical and shows a marked lack of sense shown by legislators who have no clear understanding of the science.

  • Not viable: Today’s battery technology is insufficient for storing enough electricity for cloudy days or when the wind does not blow.
    • Consumers; factories, schools, hospitals, homeowners, and other electricity users cannot be guaranteed a reliable source of power.
  • Impractical: The costs of converting to solar and/or wind are astronomical and the necessary equipment cannot be obtained and constructed without significant amounts of fossil fuels.
    • Land use requirements are also significant, and that land must be appropriate.  Solar, for example, does better in a sunny climate. Should farmers give up land used for food production?
  • Lack of sense: Why are we shutting down an industry that is thriving in other parts of the world? Why are we importing fuel when we are capable of producing it ourselves?
  • Germany and Texas have been tragic examples of how current renewable technologies are not sufficient for demand.

Killing our oil and gas industry hurts the West and gives us a bleak future to hand to our children and grandchildren. Market share goes to other countries where production is increasing.

 

 

In Summary:

Oil and gas production will not stop, it cannot unless we and others are willing to go back to a pre-industrial economy. This will be a standard of living far below today’s “developed-world” standards that are enjoyed and, too often, taken for granted.

It is time to take back the West’s future.  It is time to support and celebrate our resource industry. It is time to show Canada that the West has a voice and will no longer be held back from oil and gas produced under the MOST stringent and progressive environmental and regulatory standards in the world.

Say NO to Bill C-12

WIN-WIN

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