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Yesterday, Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney suggested that Canadian energy is produced "at the highest environmental, human rights and labour standards on Earth." #abpoli #ableg /1
He also said he wants Alberta to "fight back" against people who "lie about how we produce energy" and to "tell the truth assertively." /2
Then he said Ottawa plans to impose new laws that "will make it impossible to get pipelines approved in the future." /3
He added that Ottawa has killed two major coastal pipeline projects. /4
In fact, none of these statements by Mr. Kenney "tell the truth assertively." On the contrary, they are either misleading or they are false. /5
Prior to the election, @EmmaMci asked Mr. Kenney's office about an investigation we were doing related to those so-called high environmental standards. You can find that story over here: nationalobserver.com/2019/04/08/new… /6
Mr. Kenney's office chose not to address those questions. /7
A few months earlier, @CJarvisGlobal asked Mr. Kenney's office if he wished to review internal documents from the AER that we had obtained through a freedom of information request, detailing internal estimates of financial liabilities from oilpatch facilities and operations. /8
Mr. Kenney's office said they were not interested in reviewing the evidence and chose not to comment on that story, which you can read over here: nationalobserver.com/2018/11/01/new… #cdnfoi /9
And then in late January, when the Supreme Court of Canada - @SCC_eng - ruled that bankruptcy was no excuse 'to ignore rules' in the Canadian oilpatch, Mr. Kenney said he wasn't aware of the decision and its multibillion dollar implications for Alberta's economy and its finances.
Regarding the federal laws, would you be surprised to learn that there is nothing in those that would make it impossible to get pipelines approved? And would you be surprised to hear that many feel the laws don't go far enough to ensure a proper assessment of projects?
And when Mr. Kenney was discussing his plans to "tell the truth assertively" about the Canadian energy industry, is there any reason why he didn't mention new statistics that show Canada's oilsands now produce more carbon pollution than all of Quebec or all of B.C.? /12
You can read more about those new statistics from @ottawacarl over here: nationalobserver.com/2019/04/16/new… /13
Regarding the two major coastal pipeline projects he was mentioning, one was Northern Gateway, approved through a press release by Mr. Kenney and other ministers in the former Harper government in 2014, without any major public effort to promote or get it built. /14
As the Globe and Mail reported on June 17, 2014, the Harper govt "failed to provide even one minister to explain or defend the decision" on the day it announced its approval Northern Gateway. theglobeandmail.com/report-on-busi… /15
Two years later, the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the Harper government's approval of Northern Gateway, criticizing it for ignoring First Nations rights and failing to fulfill its legal duty to consult them. nationalobserver.com/2016/06/30/new… /16
Finally, in 2017, TransCanada did indeed abandon its proposed Energy East pipeline, instead focusing on proceeding with its Keystone XL project, mainly for market reasons. You can read more about that over here: nationalobserver.com/2017/09/14/ana… /17
And should I mention that the #KXL project is relying on some subsidies to proceed? It doesn't have enough private sector shippers, so Alberta has promised to pay to ship 50,000 barrels of petroleum products on the pipeline every day for 20 years. globalnews.ca/news/3974283/a… /18
It is clear that Alberta's economy - and the Canadian economy - are facing serious challenges related to a dependence on oil. Many people are suffering right now and all politicians have proposed solutions to address the issue. /19
Mr. Kenney said last night that Albertans take climate change seriously and are united in the need to continue diversifying their economy. /20
He also said that Alberta has a "moral imperative" to move past symbolic gestures and partner with First Nations, so that they can benefit from the resources beneath the land that they first inhabited. /21
But when he says that Alberta is over regulated, how does he propose to address scientific evidence like this, which suggests the existing regulatory system in the oil-rich province is too weak? nationalobserver.com/2019/04/16/new… /22
Journalists at @NatObserver are up for the challenge - to correct misinformation, to uncover evidence and to hold all politicians accountable. If you want to support this work we're doing, you can subscribe over here: nationalobserver.com/now /23
And if you want to chip in even more, please consider supporting our bid to fight misinformation over here: nationalobserver.com/support /24 #cdnpoli #cdnfoi #JournalismMatters
oh and I just noticed I posted one link twice. I had meant to post the link to this scientific research about the #oilsands and cancer nationalobserver.com/2016/02/04/new…
And here’s some reaction to Mr. Kenney’s promise to open a political war and investigate adversaries of the oilpatch via @ottawacarl . nationalobserver.com/2019/04/17/new…
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