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Monday, September 14, 2009

Alberta NDP perpetuate “dirty oil” myth and demand emission caps

In July, the Western Standard reported on two independent studies that found direct emissions from producing, transporting and refining oilsands crude are in the same range as those of the other crudes refined in the United States.

Alberta’s oilsands are not only a source of abundant energy, but relatively clean energy as well. The myth of “dirty oil” was exposed in the reports and Alberta’s energy sector was once again shown to be the cleanest in the world.

Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason and Greenpeace, however, are unmoved by these reports. Today, Mason said the “Dirty Oil” report released today from Greenpeace highlights the need for Alberta to impose hard caps on greenhouse gas emissions.

"This report paints a disturbing picture of the future if the government continues to permit unfettered development in the oilsands,” Mason said.

The report suggests greenhouse gas emissions in the oilsands will rival those of European countries by 2020 if something isn’t done.

“The report supports the NDP proposition that hard caps are necessary to limit greenhouse gas emissions,” Mason said.

It also supports the NDP position opposing the use of $2 billion to subsidize carbon capture technology.

“Carbon capture is unproven and unsuitable for oilsands applications,” Mason said.

The NDP has maintained taxpayer dollars should not be used to “subsidize corporate polluters.”

The NDP plan for the oilsands includes hard caps on CO2 emissions, eliminating the tailings ponds within 10 years, using dry tailings technology on future projects, and cleaning up the Athabasca River to eliminate alleged health threats to downstream populations.

“I urge the government to sit down with industry, unions and environmentalists to implement this plan,” Mason said. “Time is running out.”

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on September 14, 2009 | Permalink

Comments

Since when has Alberta had a branch of the NDP? Oh well, they clearly don't matter. Going against the energy sector will remind Albertans of the NEP.

Hey get the comparison: NDP. NEP. Coincidence? I think not!

At any rate, there will be no climate change measure until Ontario relinquishes the exemption given to its auto sector. No special deals will be tolerated. Oh yeah, and they can desegregate their schools while they're at it, the lazy racists.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-09-14 2:58:49 PM


"The NDP has maintained taxpayer dollars should not be used to “subsidize corporate polluters.”"

Wow, I actually agree with the NDP on something. I wonder if they would agree with me that political parties should not be subsidized? Or that special interest groups should not be subsidized.

Posted by: TM | 2009-09-14 3:39:41 PM


I heard that a native band in Alberta made Brian Mason an honorary member and named him "Walking Eagle". Apparently they think he's too full of sh*t to fly. ;-)

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-09-14 4:23:02 PM


The report suggests greenhouse gas emissions in the oilsands will rival those of European countries by 2020 if something isn’t done.
Posted by Western Standard on September 14, 2009

I think the only sensible solution to this issue is to shut down the entire Alberta oil and gas industry until this gets straightened out.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-09-14 4:45:00 PM


"I think the only sensible solution to this issue is to shut down the entire Alberta oil and gas industry until this gets straightened out."

I think the only sensible thing is to force crude oil prices up to $300 a barrel and let the poor and lower middle class freeze in the dark.

Can you get any dumber?

How about this? We stop subsidizing all kinds of boondoggles and that way investment dollars will help some entrepreneur(s) in finding viable alternative energy sources.

Posted by: Charles | 2009-09-14 5:03:03 PM


Watch the price of oil drop to less than $40 U.S. per barrel before the end of November 2009. Oil storage tanks are full. Natural gas prices will fall to use up the excess of gas currently in storage. The oil/nat'lgas ratio is much lower than it should be normally. Therefore, the balance will trend towards normal by the price of oil plunging to try to match the falling price of natural gas.

Posted by: Agha Ali Arkahn | 2009-09-14 5:26:13 PM


Once the right people realize the estimates of natural gas reserves are just wishful thinking, the price should recover a bit. There's a big difference between total reserves, and recoverable reserves. I'm willing to bet the latter is no more than 50% of the former.

If every oil company pulled out of the oilsands tomorrow, the oil would keep seeping into the river, like it's done for thousands of years. These oilsands alarmists are so full of crap, I'm amazed they don't get called on it more often.

Posted by: dp | 2009-09-14 5:41:38 PM


Funny how none of these "talking-heads" live a life that is independent of oil.

Posted by: Alain | 2009-09-14 9:12:19 PM


NDP? In Alberta? Who cares what they say, do, or grandstand over. When the dust settles, the NDP will still not exist in AB. To many people looking for the C on the ballot. Much to my chagrin.

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2009-09-14 9:40:54 PM



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