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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Filling the Void (NEP2)


Pontifications from Toronto MSM are to be expected regarding Alberta's oil wealth and its implications. This is the reason that a Sierra Club staffer gets to write an article for them decrying the 'Tar Nation' that Canada is becoming due to the Alberta oil sands.

Citing the dependence of Toronto's Bay Street on Alberta's oil sands for Canada's 'economic salvation', Stephen Hazell goes on to play doubting Thomas about everything this 'saviour' is about.

I may be impolite to ask, but does Canada really want to be America's gas tank?

More like 'gas station', and who's making the money in that scenario!

This could make Canada a global tar baby.

The concern for Canada's reputation provides a backdrop for limiting, controlling and even punishing the Great Canadian Blemish: Alberta.

In the absence of a national energy strategy, Canadians need to understand the environmental and social implications of accelerated development of the tar sands.

This is the clincher, slipped in amidst environmental manifestos and social contracts.
The absence of a 'national energy strategy' is the real reason why all of this enviro-chaos and Americo-chumminess is erupting.

The NEP2 may not come tomorrow or the next day. But if the Liberals win a majority in the next federal election, look for a National Energy Strategy to be placarded soon.

Stephen Hazell will be pushing for it, and even the odd taxi driver.

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