If Money Buys Things and Minds

You can find no shortage of angry Conservatives who are absolutely livid with the Prime Minister or Rachel Notley for not yet expanding a pipeline to the BC coast from Alberta. Why did they get so mad, and who paid for them to think this way?

There’s a BC “researcher” who claims it was because of a few million dollars gifted to Canadian charities from outside of Canada that swayed public opinion against new pipelines just enough to delay them. That might be possible, if money changes minds, and I think money absolutely can change minds.

So if you accept that money changes minds, how do you explain the minds changed by this money:

Remember, a billion dollars is a 1000 times more than a million. A trillion is a thousand times more than a billion.

If media is spreading this sort of public opinion, then who has the facts upon which we can make good, rational decisions? CBC?

Mansbridge, Murphy, Mesley, Cherry
What do they have in common?
CBC.
What else? They’ve all either supported climate change Denialism, or outright subscribe to that and have used their massive platforms to push it onto unwitting Canadians.

Who do I turn to for rational analysis of energy and economy news? CBC (surprising eh?), National Observer, Walking Eagle News. I threw that last one in there to see if you’re paying attention. Where do I not look? Financial Post (Postmedia), Sun (Postmedia), Leader-Post (Postmedia)… are you seeing a trend here?

Is Saskatchewan Leaving? Not That Way

 

Should Saskatchewan leave Canada?

It’s nonsense. We can’t even leave Saskatchewan, by bus.

Why is the daily newspaper amplifying a stupid, divisive, ill-conceived billboard ad anyway? Are the separatists taking the free newspaper coverage into account when they purchase their billboard?

The reason there are some loons looking to separate is because they work in extractive industry, feel they are hard done by because their dirty NON-RENEWABLE jobs are running dry, and if they just blame Ottawa hard enough they’ll get their good times back.

How else does Moe nurture the fantasies of separatists? His party is mocking Alberta’s economic projection simply because their government is presently NDP, even though they’re also pro-oil. He’s also making us pay for a futile carbon tax court challenge, against our future.

Maybe I should express less disdain for the local daily newspaper. Then again, they keep running a column of someone who once libeled me in his column there. And they regularly publish other Climate Change Deniers, who are harming our world and consequently our families.

I can’t tell if their cold recklessness in misinforming people is maliciousness or simple indifference or stupidity. There’s a razor that answers that, but I’m still leaning toward maliciousness as the cause. I don’t want to accept that such a large organization is that corrupt, but obviously it can be.

#SaveSTC: Does Saskatchewan Have a Developed Economy Still?

The gov’t was totally negligent, not even doing as much to ensure people could get to their medical appointments as some guy in Regina could do with less than an hour of effort. If they had, they might have realized Greyhound was considering closure, & STC would corner market. And Hargrave and Carr have remained recklessly partisan and heartless as Saskatchewan people and cross-Canada travelers alike are left without mainstream inter-city/province/country bus service. It leaves people questioning if we’re even a developed economy anymore.

If you’re driving across Canada, and your car breaks down in Regina, you can’t leave it by train, bus, or by hitchhiking (not legally). The government only just barely authorized ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft.

The train station is a casino only, the bus depot is a cop shop & vacant building, and the airport can’t be reached by bus/bike/walking. There are plenty of friendly and sympathetic people who’ll give you a ride if you ask, but for some demographics that’s too dangerous to contemplate.

Skunk In The Stinky FP

The FP published a ridiculous op-ed by Brad Wall.
business.financialpost .com/opinion/ brad-wall-canada-could-impact-emissions-were-ottawa-not-so-obsessed-with-carbon-taxes

“So, in Paris we were — without intention — a few prairie skunks at this low-carbon garden party.”

His intention was to stink. Wall has remained a skunk throughout his public life.

Remember a decade ago when he promised a Green Tech Fund to develop technologies to reduce emissions, instead of a price on carbon pollution? No? Perhaps because he never delivered it. His sole mission, that he shares with the odious (climate change Denial org) Heritage Foundation when he delivers his speeches in the USA, is to delay climate action.

I know most people reading the Financial Flop Post won’t agree with me, but his ideas are terrible, and are causing global damage.

The reason CCS is even close to making economic sense from his perspective is because it’s for Enhanced Oil Recovery. So the net pollution CCS reduces is offset by some unknown amount of oil burned for every unit of carbon dioxide re-sequestered underground.

Hursh Lights A Match

And the fields are dry.

“As a farmer in southwest Saskatchewan, this isn’t a great year. It’s been dry and hot. Crop yields as well as prices are down. Many of my neighbours have had their crops destroyed by vicious hailstorms.”

Hursh has made it clear. Yes, it’s clear that he’s “a climate change denier, a stooge of big oil and big agriculture”.
“…the weather has not become unsuitable for agriculture.” Until it isn’t, and we’ve hit tipping points that have blasted methane out of the permafrost, and our ice caps can’t reflect enough heat, and our oceans have acidified past livable conditions, and our coastal cities are destroyed by flooding. It’s frustrating that the Leader-Post lets such a poorly considered editorial meet its pages. It doesn’t meet the most basic levels of logical thought.

I used to have respect for Hursh’s long agricultural journalism career, but now he’s spouting nonsense that will finish the industry if too many listen to his trap of apathy and ignorance.

“I could blame it on global warming or climate change, but it’s really no different than many of the years faced by my father or his father before that.”
Except it is different, and he’s not listening to scientists telling him it is.

“If some of the climate change models are correct, and that’s a big if (sic), there will be winners and losers when it comes to agriculture. Many of these models show Canada as a big benefactor.”

What the hell is that? He thinks there are models that don’t show Canada being hurt from Halifax, Victoria, and Vancouver being destroyed by flooding, and crops not made less viable with extreme droughts and rain spells? Remember 20 years ago, when the Deniers were ranting about growing crops further north (where there’s no topsoil to speak of) if Canada warmed up? Some of the more out-of-touch ones still bring up that lark. The Regina daily paper does its readers no favours by printing such equivalent wishful thinking (if you can call parroting Denislist memes “thinking”).

Busless

Saskatchewan used to bustle, but soon it will be busless. It would literally rather provide mobility to tarsands than people.

https://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/i-dont-like-the-sound-of-it-one-bit-sask-riders-react-to-end-of-greyhound-in-province/

https://thestarphoenix.com/business/we-simply-cant-leave-people-stranded-by-the-road-alberta-expands-rural-bus-service-pilot-project/

“The announcement came 14 months after the Saskatchewan government shut down the money-losing Saskatchewan Transportation Co.”

That’s a bad perspective Star Phoenix. There is no expectation to make profit on public services. You wouldn’t say, “Shut down the money-losing Plains Hospital”, for example.

 

“Since Greyhound made their announcement, we simply can’t leave people stranded by the road,” Notley said in Medicine Hat on Wednesday.

“Rural Albertans, and rural Alberta communities, make an enormous contribution to our province and we owe it to them to protect the transportation options that they have.”