There is a bargain that makes sense

Good Sunday Morning,

alberta_oilsands.jpgAs most of my readers know I spend my day on Saturday's writing this Good Sunday Morning blog. But today I was fortunate enough to be asked to participate in a fabulous, one day retreat with some of the leading minds of the Green Party of Canada. Elizabeth and the Campaign Advisory Group invited 27 of us to gather at a private home in North Saanich to explore and share the Green vision of a renewed politic as we approach the 2019 campaign.

It was an exhilarating and intense 24 hours that inspired us all to engage and replicate our enthusiasm in communities across the country. But alas, it left me little or no time to write this blog. So I am simply sharing a few interesting links with a promise to be more engaging next week.

First here is Elizabeth's week in review which includes this article in DeSmog entitled An Oilsands Bargain that Actually Makes Sense.

"What if we took a page from Peter Lougheed’s book? His first rule for resource development was “think like an owner.” Instead of bailing out an American company, let’s put federal support behind building upgraders and refineries in Alberta — in exchange for which Alberta agrees to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the oilsands to 35 megatonnes by 2050. We would end up with more jobs and a less volatile economy. There will also be lots of jobs in trying to clean up the tailings ponds and despoiled landscape of the Athabasca. Polluter pays.

That is the kind of bargain that makes sense. With this plan, you could say “the economy and the environment go hand in hand” without having to suspend disbelief. Instead we find out from a government insider that the Trudeau government decided long ago to ram this pipeline through.

In another Desmog article Emma Gilchrist explores the real reason Canada is in crisis over the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. “I don’t think we would have seen this coming out of Harper,” Emma quotes Elizabeth May. “This is a manipulated crisis. We’re being played for country bumpkin fools by Texas.”

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives analyzes the costs and benefits of the pipeline project and what is in the national interest.

But perhaps the most moving piece is this new video from Bob Bossin: "Go tell your neighbours... Go get your friends..."


Take good care of each other,



"It is our job to work tirelessly for justice, for peace, and for a planet that can survive with a human civilization that thrives. This is the challenge that we take on as Greens." Elizabeth May, October 19th, 2015

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