Rachel Notley's War Creates Mixed Feelings

By Robertson, Patricia Dawn | Winnipeg Free Press, May 23, 2018 | Go to article overview

Rachel Notley's War Creates Mixed Feelings


Robertson, Patricia Dawn, Winnipeg Free Press


Is Alberta Premier Rachel Notley a bully, as environmental critics have dubbed her? Or is she a bold visionary who aggressively defends Alberta’s economic interests?

Notley’s last-minute decision to stay home from Wednesday’s meeting of Western Canada’s premiers in Yellowknife, so she can focus on the Kinder Morgan pipeline, will only ramp up the tension between Alberta and B.C.

As Notley’s Bill 12 became the law in Alberta last week, many western Canadians like me feel torn about the fate of the controversial Kinder Morgan pipeline, which is set to extend from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., to send oil for export on tankers.

It all depends on which side of the environmental debate you support. Since Bill 12 passed on May 16, Notley and her NDP government can now control the flow of fuel into its western neighbouring province (whose NDP-Green coalition government vehemently opposes the pipeline).

As a political strategy, this is unprecedented and punitive. Clever, yet as retrograde as the diluted bitumen the pipeline will carry.

Notley’s legislation coincides with the worst flooding in 70 years in B.C.’s southern interior, thanks to hotter-than-usual temperatures. So you can’t blame B.C. residents for their concern about the impact of a proposed pipeline on their beautiful and fragile province.

On the one hand, like many Canadians, I support the green economy and the carbon tax, yet the oil and gas sector’s interests intersect with mine every time I gas up my 2001 Nissan Xterra.

I don’t own an electric car, nor can I afford a fancy hybrid, but I do ride my single-speed bike in my small town to do errands. I telecommute on behalf of my media clients so I don’t burn fuel idling on an expressway.

My retrofitted 1925 house is heated with a combination of a mid-efficiency natural gas furnace and a supplemental EPA low-emission wood stove.

My electricity still originates from outdated coal-fired generators in southern Saskatchewan since I haven’t found money yet in the budget for solar panels. I diligently grow my own organic vegetables and use an electric mower to cut the grass.

I’m a progressive entrepreneur, but I still have one foot stuck in the old oil and gas economy as the other foot slowly lurches forward into the green economy. It’s the gap between these two positions, which is a yoga posture I call “downward facing mass extinction,” that keeps me limber and terrified.

Day-to-day life in Western Canada presents a challenge for progressive residents like me, since Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe continues to stubbornly fight the federal carbon tax via the courts. …

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