Swann: Stop the blame game; Alberta's plight is our own doing
After 11 years as an MLA in the Alberta legislature under the Progressive Conservative government I feel compelled to challenge the blame now levelled at Ottawa for our difficult economic state. The current Alberta Conservatives have ramped up the tiresome strategy as old as Alberta; when in distress — blame the feds for our economic woes. And denounce the efforts for the TMX pipeline and policies for a new energy future, beyond carbon. The blame game by the UCP government also feeds climate change denial in spite of the overwhelming science and the growing global human suffering.
Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford on Tuesday cited a blog that denies human-induced climate change while defending the government's decision to scrap green energy projects in the province.
During question period at Queen's Park, Rickford called Climate Change Dispatch one of his "favourite periodicals."
The website says its mission is to "deconstruct" climate change theories "propagated" by former U.S. vice president Al Gore and "the highly politicized".
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Rickford quoted from a post on the site, titled "Germany Pulls Plug on Wind Energy As Industry Suffers 'Severe Crisis'," in response to questioning from the Opposition aboutin Ontario.
"Well, I'll be a chicken fried in goose fat, Mr. Speaker. It turns out that there's another jurisdiction that's having the same challenges we are," Rickford said.
In its "About Us" section, the online publication says it "does not believe in consensus science" on global climate change.
Rickford's comments come on the same day that the United Nations Environment Programme released its annual Emissions Gap Report.
The 168-page document, compiled by 57 leading scientists from 33 institutions across 25 countries, calls on governments to act immediately, within the next decade, to limit global warming to 1.5 C or 2 C by 2100.
Doug Ford government spent $230M to scrap green energy projects
Provincial documents show the Ford government spent more than $230 million to cancel renewable energy projects that included a partially-built wind farm in a cabinet minister's riding.The spending was revealed Tuesday in question period by the opposition NDP, who accused the Ford government of throwing away money on scrapping energy projects as the Liberal government did earlier in the decade.
"By now, we know all we need to know. The science is pretty clear, and very frightening,".
"But we also know we have the technological options that are needed, at least to the short to medium term."
Speaking to reporters later Tuesday, Rickford said it is "important that you consider all periodicals and sources of literature with differing views.
"I believe in climate change and I believe in literature that supports a balanced article on any given subject matter that points out both sides of the coin," he said.
Rickford did not provide a direct answer when asked whether he agrees with the suggestion that human activity is not contributing to climate change.
Scheer champions energy workers, vows to never support carbon tax .
Scheer champions energy workers, vows to never support carbon taxThe Conservative leader is proposing an amendment to the Liberals' throne speech that would commit the government to scrapping the carbon tax.