Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Post Media (Bell Media) fights back.

On tonights CTV a news story was run that is positively astounding!
The report refers to a "survey" done by them which shows that "most" people in Canada "feel" the internet is full of "Fake News"   They go so far as to site Facebook, the only major media they don't control as being insecure and full of Fake News.

They, CTV went onto say the internet is full of Fake news and further said it follows Trump's ongoing complaints about Fake News.

This comes because of people using the United Conservative Facebook page and Scheer's Facebook pages as an open forum. Talking about Scheer's ongoing lying and climate change.  As well, the LDS involvement in the Conservative party.

You can be very sure they never laid a complaint with our Government!

The Conservatives have enough provinces and population by which they can change our constitution regardless of who gets in.   Scheer's chances have tanked; there lies their problem.  If a liberal Government is in place it can string out changes until the next election and, by that time Bell Media will have been dismantled.

On Fake News, the 200 newsprint companies owned by Bell Media are the epitome of Fake News as I have warned.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Jason Kenny and the Environment and his litany of lies.

Jason Kenny is a habitual liar.   His latest is his ramblings about only large producers need to be charged to control climate outputs.  I called BS and the Post Media, who  I have previously warned you against taking advice from, posted an article that Kenny has invested a million dollars in a pro-pipeline advertisement in BC!

First off he has just given them a massive tax reduction.  Secondly, the so-called plan has no means by which it can be audited! 

Next, Post Media Toronto reported this, not Vancouver.  It was immediate reporting so Kenny would not have had time to put a massive amount of money into a flow.

I say again, Post Media in all its forms cannot be trusted for financial information.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Kenny's resisting the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Kenny was on TV last week (when is he not?).  This time, however, he was sitting next to a very chatty lady who was an Environmental Lawyer.  She spoke at length about the futility of shipping oil from Alberta to the west coast, how the Tansmountain pipeline was bordering insanity.

She made no attempt at reason.  Factually if we do not supply the oil, some other country will.  Other countries would choose Canada over the US for their supplies.

The bottom line is the US does not want us to ship our oil into the Pacific Rim!.  Harper and Kenny for the years they were in Government did everything possible to ensure new pipelines would not be built!

In this case, Kenny sat like a duck on the lady's arm offering nothing, just his photo opp.

Canada’s Treasures at Risk!

The previous Conservative Government put in a plan to move 2/3rds of the Peace River to the US border. This is a fully engineered plan; ready to go and is called the Weatherford Plan. So named after the engineering firm that produced it. The new dam put in by BC which cannot produce enough electricity to pay for itself does, however, provide a large sump from which to draw water in volume.
The plans call for 6 lift stations, each using the power of a city. Original plans call for 4 large diameter pipes to move the water. If Conservatives build this line Canadians will end up paying for the pipeline in order to give the US inexpensive water!
This is why Harper and Kenny changed the designation on the Peace River. It is no longer classified as navigatable!.
Apart from that, the Canada Pension fund is a target. The US has for years complained about it as being a social program hold that it should be put into the hands of private companies.
Our present situation’ Thanks to Bell Media and its Post Media holdings interference into Canadian Politics, the Conservatives now have sufficient population and provinces to change the constitution no matter who gets in.

Monday, May 27, 2019

UCP IN Government= the trend

UCP was quick to bring the axe down on LGBQ support groups by cutting funding.  This is what happens when you have Church (LDS)  and state working the system in dual!  As I said, post media will support conservative views.  In this case, they made a special effort in stopping me from commenting.  The preferred way is to "treat" gay people with forms of medieval torture until they say, I give up.   I will reiterate, gay people should get firearm permits for their own protection.  Or, a crossbow and some hunting tips.

On another front, Kenny has a photo opp with a Vancouver environmental lawyer who is supporting Kenny' views on no western pipeline.   What Kenny will do with this is probably bad.  That much we can count on.

Kenny and Harper all but destroyed the western pipeline because the USA does not want us to ship into their market place.  I had said on the onset that Kenny would destroy that pipeline one way or another.

The Green party are simply dumb as posts with May leading the pack.  She blamed east coast phytoplankton losses on the oil leakage.   The world, on the other hand, is complaining about global warming and the increase in carbon dioxide which is being absorbed into the ocean making carbolic acid! This is bleaching coral around the world.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Australia's suprising Conservative win

Going against all the polls, going against the common thread of popularity, the Conservatives were elected again.   Notably, just after installing the Bell Media G5 network into @Australia.  I have no way of telling how many of the print media is owned by Bell but with this showing, I suggest the majority of them! 

In Canada, Bell media owns 200 print papers which means if you are checking say, Financial Post or Globe Media, for your financial information, you are getting the Conservative wish list, not facts!

They have interfered with all the provincial elections.  Kenny, for instance, didn't win in Alberta he stole the Government with the Assistance of Bell Media and their hose of print media.  The conservatives though a mountain of lies now have enough population and provinces to force changes to our constitution regardless of who wins.  They are in every sense, stealing our country!

Don't let the same thing happen to Canada!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

UCP proposed changes to health care privitiztion. A guideline.

Andrew Scheer stated he has a plan for health care, a "two-tier system"  The american system is two-tier!

The US Republicans have continually expressed their distaste the Canadian Health Care system.  Because it is paid for by all and covers all they try to bend it into a welfare system.

U.S. health care spending grew 3.9 percent in 2017, reaching $3.5 trillion or $10,739 per person. As a share of the nation's Gross Domestic Producthealth spending accounted for 17.9 percent. Dec 11, 2018 

With their high expense, there is close to 50%  of Americans who have no coverage!  Canada's lower costs cover 100% of our people.

Here is an example of a google search which will turn up the numbers.  Some show the tweak upwards when Trump diced the Obama Care plan.

From <https://www.google.com/search?q=health+care+costs+us+gdp&oq=health+care+costs+us+gdp&aqs=chrome..69i57j0.10758j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8>

The Exhibits the following show

Still another view
Text version of infographic
  • Canada is among the highest spenders on health care in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), at $5,782 per person in 2015.
  • That year, among 35 selected OECD countries, spending per person remained the highest in the United States, at $11,916.
  • Although Canada was above the OECD average in terms of per-person spending on health care, our public-sector share of total health expenditure (70%) was below the OECD average (72%).
  • Here are the numbers for 2015 per-person spending in Canadian dollars, health spending as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) and the public/private split for the OECD as a whole and 9 selected OECD countries, including Canada:
  • OECD: $4,826 per person; 8.9% of GDP; 72% public/28% private
  • Canada: $5,782 per person; 10.4% of GDP; 70% public/30% private
  • United States: $11,916 per person; 16.9% of GDP; 49% public/51% private
  • France: $5,677 per person; 11.1% of GDP; 79% public/21% private
  • Germany: $6,709 per person; 11.2% of GDP; 84% public/16% private
  • Sweden: $6,601 per person; 11.0% of GDP; 84% public/16% private
  • Netherlands: $6,639 per person; 10.7% of GDP; 81% public/19% private
  • Australia: $5,631 per person; 9.4% of GDP; 67% public/33% private
  • New Zealand: $4,443 per person; 9.3% of GDP; 80% public/20% private
  • United Kingdom: $5,170 per person; 9.9% of GDP; 80% public/20% private
  • Note that these numbers reflect total current expenditure, excluding capital. Spending data is based on the System of Health Accounts.

From <https://www.cihi.ca/en/how-does-canadas-health-spending-compare-internationally>

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Alberta returns to an unsafe place to invest.

Jason Kenny took the office of Premier by constantly telling outright inflammatory lies. The biggest was protected by Post Media (Bell Media group) who would not allow comments to these outlandish statements of his.

Acknowledging this, Kenny on his first day of Premier elect said "No more lies starting today! Only the truth!"

Yesterday having taken the chair of Premier of Alberta, he said "I will bring in legislation that will allow us to turn off the taps to BC" The fact is, Rachel Notley has already got that legislation I place!

So, his first public statements are outright lies. The culture of a Government starts at the top. Investing in this one is plainly a risk!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Kenny opting for confusion and delays in the health system; a first step in privitiztion.

Expert reports on the state of medical lab services in Edmonton make for grim reading.

Seventy per cent of major health decisions are based on a lab result, but Edmonton’s facilities are aging and outdated.

It’s not just the private DynaLife headquarters, which are crowded, stuck in a downtown office tower never designed to host a state-of-the-art lab. Equipment in Edmonton’s public labs is obsolete. More than three-quarters of the lab equipment owned by Alberta Health Services is considered to be at the end of its useful life, according to a 2017 report by the Health Quality Council of Alberta.

In that same report, experts call lab services the “fastest changing area of health care.” Scientists are constantly finding more precise tests, now using gene analysis to diagnose patients more accurately and earlier, with the promise of reducing overall costs.

But Alberta’s current system for regulating lab services is so fractured and political, decisions around new tests drag on and on, physicians say. It’s “as hard or harder” to get an outdated test removed. Even a simple decision, like moving all Alberta labs to the same test requisition form, had been under discussion for three years when the 2017 report was written. Alberta is falling behind.

I hope that puts UCP Leader Jason Kenney’s promise to cancel the new superlab and its new equipment in perspective.
Heavy equipment is on the construction site of the Edmonton Laboratory Clinical Hub, or “Super Lab,” east of the South Campus LRT station, 11330 65 Ave., in Edmonton on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. DAVID BLOOM /POSTMEDIA
Construction started on the $590-million project last month. Backhoes and bulldozers are preparing the site and retaining walls are being built beside the South Campus LRT station in Edmonton.
Kenney says he’ll save $640 million by also cancelling the $50-million contract to buy out DynaLife. But does he think the status quo with end-of-life equipment is an option? Public labs across Alberta need reinvestment whether it goes into a single new building with DynaLife included or not.
The lab situation has a long and tortured history.
In the mid-1990s, Alberta went through mass consolidation and former premier Ralph Klein cut laboratory services by 40 per cent. In Calgary, that led to a new public-private partnership, a centralized Calgary lab service.
In Edmonton, that didn’t happen, likely because two major hospitals are run by a separate provider, Covenant Health. Lab services stayed fractured, and eventually Alberta Health Services signed a 15-year contract to have DynaLife handle all the community-based lab work.
In the 2010s, Alberta Health Services decided to contract with a private company to create something like the Calgary lab in Edmonton, with consolidated hospital, academic and community lab services. It was going to be a 15-year, $3-billion contract with significant reinvestment.
Major multinational corporations bid on it, seeing little Edmonton as a toehold into the Canadian market. Three were shortlisted and an Australian corporation was picked. But DynaLife took the province to court in frustration and won. A judge ruled the bidding process was compromised.
In May 2016, a new government, the NDP, announced the public superlab model as one part of a plan to integrate services across the province. The Edmonton hub would work in partnership with Calgary. The common lab network, with a shared information system, would give researchers access to a vast quantity of population-level data, something unthinkable in the fractured, private network of American hospitals.
Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman unveiled the location for a new integrated public lab facility in Edmonton on Dec. 21, 2017. LARRY WONG / POSTMEDIA NETWORK
Kenney says he supports the new information sharing system, but is undecided on whether to keep the new oversight body, Alberta Public Laboratories. He argues Alberta will get better results through choice and competition with private players, rather than one public monopoly.
At the end of the day, both public and private models have benefits. Private companies are more likely to prioritize capital investment as key to ongoing success. In Calgary, for example, the private-public central lab was eventually bought out by Alberta Health Services and saw its capital budget decrease to 10 per cent of what it had been. Now 60 per cent of its equipment is considered end of life.
University of Calgary pathologist Dr. Jim Wright watched the NDP plan with some trepidation. In a 2018 opinion piece for Academic Pathology, he wrote about the benefit of the public model: province-wide integration. It promised to come with a strong, science-based board to take politics out of decision making. That could make it nimble, allowing Alberta to invest in new technology to cut expenses and increase patient care, while capitalizing on research potential.
I’m not impressed with Kenney’s plan to cancel the deal, especially when he has no plan but the status quo to replace it.
He accuses the NDP of being ideologically motivated — stuck on the idea that health care must be entirely public. I hope his own ideology doesn’t blind him just as much.
Sure, it makes a good campaign speech to announce $640 million in savings. But that’s a fantasy. Fixing Edmonton’s medical labs is much more complicated.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Misinformation put out by UCP and Jason Kenny.

Trish Horobec
One more election-related post because it’s important - and then sleep.
From a very impressive friend regarding the lies and bs slung by the UCP in Alberta.
UPDATE: This post has been edited to add references, just in case anyone asks for them. A lot of this information has been gained through months and years of following this stuff so not every single thing I mention has been sourced, as I can't always retrace my steps to find it all. But the references I have added should do the trick.
So I've been on a tear lately digging into lots of facts and statistics to counter a lot of misinformation I'm seeing during this election. I thought some of you might be interested in seeing this collection of disparate but loosely connected corrections.
1) Misinformation/Obfuscation #1
We currently have only 46% of the oil rigs we had in 2014 and it's all Rachel Notley's Fault. I've seen this one attached to a bar graph which "demonstrates" that drop.
Truth #1: While we do currently have 46% of the number of oil rigs in Alberta that we had in 2014, the drop happened pre-NDP. As of April 10, 2015, there were only 60 active oil rigs in Alberta. This is immediately preceding the NDP taking power. A better way to detail our current state is to say that, with 144 oil rigs and counting, our current government has increased the number of oil rigs in the province from PC days by more than 200%.
2) Misinformation/Obfuscation #2: The NDP took a province with no debt and built a debt of $70 billion dollars.
Truth #2: While yes, our debt in Alberta is currently hovering around that number, the province was not debt-free when the NDP took over. In fact, in the 12 months preceding the NDP taking power in 2015, the PC government accrued close to $12 billion worth of debt. This is a very similar debt load to that accrued each year by the NDP. Certainly, this level of debt is not ideal, but the economic challenges being faced by the NDP have been unprecedented. During their 4 years in power, they faced the largest and most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history. (Fort Mac)
3) Misinformation/Obfuscation #3: The NDP has destroyed industry while increasing a "bloated" public sector in a way that has never happened before. I have often seen this comment attached to a statistic (from the Fraser Institute) of something like 85,000 new public sector jobs during the NDP's tenure.
Truth #3: For that statistic to be true, the NDP government would need to be creating 60 public sector jobs every single day for the entire four years they have been in power.
In actuality, a total of 28,000 full-time equivalent positions were created between 2015 and 2019. Which is pretty much in line with the average increase during PC days. Between the years of 2008 and 2012, around 25,000 public sector jobs were created in Alberta.
You may need to adjust the data parameters but:https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/cv.action…
4) Misinformation/Obfuscation #4: The NDP is terrible at fiscal management and can't budget.
Truth #4: The NDP made a conscious decision to accept the economic consequences of prioritizing social service supports instead of balancing the "budget", in the face of the largest recession this province has seen in decades. But, to get down to brass tacks, my research has indicated that for each year the NDP have been governing this province, their actual expenses have been within about 1% of their projected budget for the year.
This one takes a bunch of digging into budget projections and comparing to end of year spending reports. Let me know if you need data on this and I will try and help.
5) Misinformation/Obfuscation #5: The NDP introduced a carbon tax that they did not campaign on, and they did it for no reason.
Truth #5: This is mostly true, except (!) they didn't campaign on it because they weren't planning on it. When faced with negotiations over the pipeline with the federal government, the NDP was basically given no choice but to introduce a carbon tax if they wanted to get federal support for the pipeline.
Lots of articles on this but here’s one I found: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4665498
6) Misinformation/Obfuscation #6: If Kenney is voted in, he will get rid of the carbon tax immediately.
Truth #6: This one is especially egregious because it's not a real thing that can happen. If Kenney cancels the provincial carbon tax, the federal carbon tax will come into effect. Which means that instead of all of that levy money coming from Albertans going back into Albertan projects and Albertans' pockets, the levy money will be paid to the federal government. And while the federal government is supposed to distribute those funds back into the province they came from, do Albertans who already don't trust the federal government truly believe that the federal government will send that money back to us?
7) Misinformation/Obfuscation #7: Kenney will be able to successfully challenge the federal carbon tax.
Truth #7: Nope, he won't.
Actually, though, Albertans will pay a lot of money to a lot of lawyers (some estimate upwards of 1,000 lawyers) to launch this lawsuit. But ultimately, the federal government is well within their jurisdiction to introduce a federal tax, and the legal challenge will ultimately be unsuccessful and a huge waste of our money.
Here is a very lengthy analysis of the constitutional validity of a carbon tax. Enjoy:
8 ) Misinformation/Obfuscation #8: Kenney will hold a referendum to determine if Albertans want him to challenge equalization payments. This will then make the federal government reconsider and treat Albertans better.
Truth #8: Wanna buy some magic beans?
He is promising to spend a bunch of money to ask Albertans a question and then tell the federal government to do as we ask. I thought we don't trust the federal government?
But also, if Kenney didn't like the formula for equalization payments when the federal government decided on it, maybe he should have put up a fuss about it when he was part of the sitting federal government that chose it!
This is not the best source for this, but it is a quick rundown of the history of equalization payment evaluation, and Kenney's role in it: http://www.formac.ca/…/the-equalization-history-that-jason…/
9) Misinformation/Obfuscation #9: Alberta spends more per capita on health care than almost any other province and it's all the NDP's fault.
Truth #9: While it is true that we do rank among the highest in health care spending, there are a ton of reasons for that. Doctor's salaries in Alberta being higher than almost any other provinces - this is a fact that has been true for a very long time, going way back into PC days.
Also, while we spend the most per capita on the health of all the provinces, we typically have the lowest percentage of our provincial GDP spent on health, and we are average when it comes to the percentage of our overall provincial expenditures that goes to health care.
Health care stats: https://public.tableau.com/profile/abhealth…
What I find more interesting is that we consistently have a below average percentage of physicians who are women compared to the rest of the country. But I digress.
All of this very long post is to say, there is a ton of misinformation out there right now and I implore you to just google and confirm the things you read. Find the statistics in their original home, not biased interpretations like the Fraser Institute. And if you want to talk politics with other people in the hopes of swaying someone's opinion, please arm yourselves with real, confirmed facts and figures.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Post Media interfearing with the election process.

Post Media (Bell Media control) is interfearing with the Canadian election process by blocking comment which may be contrary to the Conservative BS being peddled.  Post are putting our inaccurate and inflamiatory stories, taking polls from Calgary south and calling them provincial polls and not allowing any challange to the same inaccurate, even lies, stories.

Bell Media  is in charge of post media and our  ip providers.  Brought into
Canada by Stephen Harper on his promise to "change Canada so we would never recognize it"

Warned of the situation in advance the NDP chose to go along with Bell Media in the new G5 networks build.   They were betrayed by their contractarl tech people.  With this vested bias, Post Media (Financial Post) (Edmonton Journal) cannot be trusted on their Financial Information.

Huawei is superior to the Bell Media G5 in many ways.  It is being used by Telus in Alberta and is the Government choice in the BC interior.  Huawei has shown no evidence of inteference in Canadian politcs!

Friday, March 08, 2019

Post Media (Bell Media) are still messing with Canada's and Alberta's election system!

How it works; after jamming me a new sign in seemed to be in order.   The new sign in worked fine and their icons show me as being signed in.

However, when it comes time to post against their misinformation put out by the Conservatives, my posts are not allowed and the demand to sign in before posting doesn't work.

This has to go on the record as a testimony to the vulnerability and exploitation of our system by #Bell Media, a US firm brought into Canada by Stephen #Harper for the sole purpose of screwing up our electoral system!

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Bell Media group still interfering in Canadian politics.

Have you noticed the onslaught of US stories on our Media? And, where did Canadian content go to?
I was in Inuvik NWT when the Kent State university riots took place. I listened to the America radio channel and would switch off to the Russian News frequency.
Both media feeds were putting forward the same, exact information! What was different was the shape of the stories. Listening to the US news you would think it was all the fault of the protesters. Listening to the Russian news you would believe it is all the fault of the US Government.
I tell you this because the same thing is happening today in the delivery of the news by the Bell Media newsgroup. They inevitably show the Conservatives as owning the high ground, being in the right. And the Liberals as being under siege because of policy.
Another thing they are promoting is the inclusion of town hall meetings like they have in the US. In Canada we have the Gazette system. This is true of the provinces also. Gazette 1 puts forward the proposed laws and changes to the existing laws. Gazette 2 puts forward the decision made after this hearing and the replies from citizens with their objections and support items included, in print. This is a far superior system to the US “shout them down” town-hall meetings. This is the LDS at work from Southern Alberta in their blind support for the Republicans!

Something has to be done to dissolve the controls of Bell Media in Canada!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The nice face of separation from Tory Premier of New Brunswick.

1. The Conservative thrust: Do away with transfer payments. (this has been a complaint of the US for the past 20 years)
2. He fails to mention the low prices were agreed upon with the US by Ralph Klein and Ron Liepert!  They didn't just happen nor was it market driven.
3, Quebec has a very larger surplus of electricity from it's aqua-generation facilities which the US doesn't want because it has re opened it's nuclear facilities.  Quebec wants to ship the electricity to Alberta and East to BC and to the American West.  Our power, is owned by the cities and is basically a form of indirect taxation.  We can't change!  This is why we don't have a national energy strategy.
4. Energy east is predicated on the use of a Natural Gas pipeline to move oil.  Essentially, to replace the pipeline.  Not a bad idea, the right of way is worth more than the pipeline.
5. Legault is another trying to break up Canada with contentious statements and stands.  Alberta is always quick to anger that is fostered by the LDS in southern Alberta.
6. Post Media, the Montreal Gazette and the New Brunswick papers all controlled or influenced by Bell Media company blocked posts that were contrary to the Conservatives.   This now leaves the door open for those 3 elections to be set aside because of tampering by a foreign entity. (Bell Media) and new elections called.
FREDERICTON — The rookie Tory premier of New Brunswick has declared the Canadian federation fractured — with Ottawa and other provinces seemingly unconcerned about Alberta's slump, and Quebec actively blocking economic development.

Blaine Higgs says he was shocked at the recent First Ministers meeting in Montreal to find there is no national urgency or strategy to deal with the 70-per-cent devaluation of oil in Alberta.
 Here's a province that has fed many of our kids for years and we've all been happy to be recipients of that transfer payment. I'm not proud of that fact, and I would like to develop the very industry that they have," Higgs said in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press.

"But for us in that meeting, not to have that as the focal point a crisis in our country, as a serious impact on Alberta and potentially a serious impact on all of us, like it was just another day."
Higgs is pushing to revive the cancelled $15.7 billion Energy East pipeline project that would have moved western crude to refineries in Eastern Canada and an export terminal in Saint John, N.B., but Quebec Premier Francois Legault is opposed to it passing through his province.
Legault recently provoked the ire of western Canadians when he said there was "no social acceptability" in his province for a "dirty energy" pipeline from Alberta.
His comments drew rebukes from pundits and western leaders such as Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who said Legault "needs to get off his high horse."
Higgs, a former oil executive, is proposing that federal transfer payments be cut to force provinces to develop their natural resources.
"Here's Premier Legault getting an increase, a cheque of more than $13 billion out of the $19 billion in transfer payments, and no real sense of urgency," Higgs said.
He said that as a result of devalued oil, Alberta is losing $80 million a day, and all the provinces — including New Brunswick — should share in the pain through cuts in transfers.
"We should cut what goes to each province, based on our ability to get the resource to market," he said.
Higgs said the debate over Energy East demonstrates how the federation is fractured.
"So with Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and ourselves — we are very much aligned — and Quebec in the middle in this case for transportation from west to east is not only disappointing, it's really shocking," he said. "I saw a willingness through every province but I didn't see that willingness in Quebec."
Higgs said there should be a utility corridor across the country that could house pipelines, power transmission lines, and communication systems. He said, like the national railway, it would be a right-of-way through the country.
Higgs said another area where the federation is fractured is with the way provinces are being treated differently by Ottawa when it comes to the carbon tax, which goes into effect next year. He said it is far from a level playing field, because the provinces are being asked to meet the same targets despite starting from different carbon-emission levels.
New Brunswick is an intervener in legal challenges launched by Saskatchewan and Ontario and has launched its own legal challenge of the carbon tax.
He said the proposed federal backstop — the tax Ottawa will impose in provinces without their own carbon taxes — puts New Brunswick at a disadvantage, and if it remains in place, New Brunswickers will be paying the country's highest tax on gasoline by 2022.
Higgs won a minority government in this fall's election, having run on a platform of fiscal responsibility. The Liberals tried to cling to power, but were defeated in a confidence vote on their throne speech after the three members of the upstart People's Alliance party agreed to support the Tories on confidence votes for at least 18 months.
Looking out his office window at the spectacular view of the provincial legislature and the Saint John River, Higgs said he doesn't take his time as premier for granted.
"I took a picture of the view because I could only be here a short time," he said.
Higgs, a 64-year-old engineer and former finance minister, was hired by Irving Oil a week after he graduated from the University of New Brunswick. He was eventually promoted to director of distribution, overseeing oil transportation across eastern Canada and New England.
Higgs said he needs to administer some tough fiscal medicine right away in order to get quick results. He points to his decision to slash $265 million from capital spending plans the previous Liberal government had in place.
"I do want to make things happen in a hurry, but that's kind of my nature. I like to look at an issue, look at the facts, and then get on with it, and not spend time going around and around."
He is vowing to balance the budget in the spring in an effort to avoid a downgrade of the province's credit rating.
"I do not want to pay more interest. I would rather have $25-30 million a year going into service delivery than interest payments," Higgs said.
Higgs said the province's finances and the creation of a customer service focus for government are his priorities for 2019.

From <https://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/canadian-federation-is-fractured-new-brunswick-s-rookie-premier-says-1.23553129

Friday, December 21, 2018

China's efforts in climate change.

I see many items of comment about why we should do more when China is a big problem?
I answer these posts with China's Twin Gorges Dam which has put hundreds of coal-burning plants into shutdown.  Also, I point out they have the best electrical distribution system in the world enabling the whole country to take advantage of Twin Gorges generation.

Here is an important article from a North American oil magazine.
Last winter, China gobbled up spot cargoes to meet soaring natural gas demand in freezing temperatures, upending the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market, which was thought to be on the verge of oversupply just a year ago.

The Chinese coal-to-gas switch policy for millions of households backfired with severe gas shortages last winter, lifting domestic Chinese LNG prices to more than US$20/mmBtu and driving Asian spot LNG prices up.

This winter, China’s authorities are determined to avoid another natural gas supply crunch. And they are handling supplies much better than past winter—domestic natural gas production is rising, state energy giants are boosting gas pipeline infrastructure and connectivity, and the coal-to-gas switch is more measured and moderate, taking into account expectations of demand.

Chinese natural gas imports are soaring, but procurement for this winter’s demand started early to avoid a last-minute rush and a repeat of the 2017-2018 winter. China’s natural gas storage tanks are close to full. The element of surprise that pushed LNG prices soaring last winter has been eliminated.

This year, weather is also in favor of Chinese authorities. Milder weather a month into the heating season and forecasts for a milder-than-usual winter have led to expectations that China won’t see another supply crunch between December and February.

As a result, spot LNG prices in Asia fell last week to their lowest level in six months, with spot prices for January delivery down US$1 in one week to US$8.80/mmBtu—the lowest price since May this year and down from last year for the first time in 2018. That’s because demand is softer, storage is nearly full, and buyers from China to South Korea to Japan had moved in as early as in September and October to procure LNG cargoes to avoid last year’s rush and surging market prices. A drop in spot LNG prices in Asia is not typical for the winter season in the northern hemisphere. Related: Citi: Oil Prices Are Going Nowhere Next Year

Prices and natural gas demand soared last winter as China was scrambling to procure supplies in a colder-than-usual season. The authorities had to backtrack on the coal ban in some areas to ease the crunch.

This year, milder weather has surely helped, but China started to carefully plan supply, as soon as last winter’s season ended.

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Americans have us boxed in! TIME FOR GLOVES OFF!

The short version:

The US is self-sufficient in oil. It doesn’t need Canada’s oil and more importantly, it does not want Canada shipping into what they consider their marketplace with what they again consider their product.  Meanwhile, we allow them to take our bottom priced oil and ship it onward through their refineries.

On the supply end, they have changed the price structure to a starvation price.  Better the oil be left in the ground.  On the West Coast where we need to get to tidewater shipping, US organizations are financing the environmental groups and have the full support of the Republican northern chapter, the Conservative Party.  24 dollars a barrel oil will not buy rail cars!

I will suggest we change our national anthem back to “Our true land, strong and free” away from the Americanized “Our true north, strong and free.”

The Mechanics:

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a far corner of North Dakota, just a few hundred miles from the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, 84,000 barrels of crude oil per day recently began flowing through a new line that connects the state’s sprawling oilfields to an oil hub in Wyoming.

In West Texas, engineers activated a new pipeline that cuts diagonally across the state to deliver crude from the oil-rich Permian Basin to refineries near Houston. And in a string of towns in Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota, local government officials are scrutinizing the path of pipeline extensions that would pass nearby.

While the Keystone project awaits a final decision, scenes like these are unfolding almost every week in lesser-known developments that have quietly added more than 11,600 miles of pipeline to the nation’s domestic oil network.

Overall, the network has increased by almost a quarter in the last decade. And the work dwarfs Keystone. About 3.3 million barrels per day of capacity have been added since 2012 alone — five times more oil than the Canada-to-Texas Keystone line could carry if it’s ever built.

The pipeline build-out provides a little-noticed counterpoint to the fierce political battle being waged over the 1,179-mile TransCanada project, which is still in limbo seven years after it was proposed. During the long wait for Keystone, the petroleum industry has pushed relentlessly everywhere else to get oil to market more efficiently, and its adversaries have been unable to stop other major pipelines.

“There’s been a lot of growth — we’re really positive on it in general,” said Rob DeSai, an equity analyst with Edward Jones who focuses on the energy industry. “The oil that’s being produced in the U.S., in many cases, it’s basically in the middle of nowhere. You need new infrastructure to get that oil to market.”

Environmental groups have fought Keystone by citing the risk of leaks and the climate-change consequences of fossil fuels. They hope to make cleaner energy options more appealing. Their success has inspired local protest groups to challenge more projects.
But those efforts, while slowing a few pipelines, have not stopped any because the regulatory path is smoother when a pipeline does not cross an international border, as Keystone would.

But those efforts, while slowing a few pipelines, have not stopped any because the regulatory path is smoother when a pipeline does not cross an international border, as Keystone would.

In Minnesota, local opponents succeeded last year in getting state regulators to consider rerouting a 616-mile pipeline proposed by Toronto-based Enbridge around pristine lakes and forests, delaying it for at least a year.

More typical, though, was an Enbridge project to double the capacity of a 285-mile stretch of pipeline in Michigan. Groups like the Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands fought the proposal, citing a spill in 2010 that caused serious environmental damage. But the Michigan Public Service Commission ruled the project acceptable, and the expansion went ahead.
In Texas, Magellan’s BridgeTex Pipeline, designed to take up to 300,000 barrels of crude per day from Colorado City to refineries in Houston, was recently completed over landowners’ protests about its path. Local officials cleared the way for the company to use the state’s eminent domain law to condemn land for the pipeline. It came online last year.

Some environmentalists acknowledge that changing a pipeline’s route often may be the best they can hope for.
“I’m telling people I don’t think it’s going to stop,” said Paul Stolen, a retired state biologist who has been working with groups opposing the Enbridge project in Minnesota. “I think it’s going to escalate and get bigger.”

In most states, opponents have to prove a project does not serve the public interest or poses a clear environmental threat.

In states that depend on energy jobs, regulators tend to be receptive to the industry. Supporters also argue that transporting oil by pipeline is safer than by train, noting recent accidents and spills.

Since 2012, more than 50 pipeline projects have been approved, completed or are under development, including the just finished 600-mile Enbridge Flanagan South line, which runs through four states.

The recent surge in oil production, from roughly 5 million barrels a day in 2008 to 8.9 million barrels in 2014, has pushed new webs of pipe across regions that until recently had few. Dozens of new lines ranging up to 700 miles connect drill sites in the Upper Midwest to refineries in the region or to hubs in Oklahoma and along the Gulf Coast.

Even TransCanada has been busy. The company unveiled a 200-mile, $600 million proposals late last month that would carry oil from North Dakota’s Bakken field north to Canada and connect to other lines that can take it to the East Coast.

“When Keystone was first announced, I think that was something like a third of (TransCanada’s) expected budget,” said DeSai, the Edward Jones analyst. “TransCanada now has had so many projects that now Keystone’s a much smaller percentage.”

President Barack Obama has said his decision on Keystone, which would take Canadian tar sands oil to Gulf Coast refineries, would depend in part on its possible contribution to global warming. He is awaiting a State Department report on its environmental impact.
But the State Department does not review pipelines that are entirely inside the United States, which is the vast majority of them.

Pipeline companies also soften resistance by paying landowners for access and by assuming all liability for leaks. But some opponents say they believe that the new resistance inspired by Keystone will eventually raise more public concern about oil shipments.

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