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Premier must take action to deal with problems in Alberta

By Lethbridge Herald on November 3, 2023.


The reality of climate change has little resonance with Alberta’s government. The premier’s petulance in dealing with the federal government is wearying. The doom and gloom full-page ads predicting blackouts is petty, a colossal waste of taxpayer’s money. The default mechanism, ad nauseum, with most that ails Alberta, is to blame Ottawa. We need our premier to take responsible action to deal with our own problems. Exercising statesmanlike leadership without spewing alarmist rhetoric would be a refreshing change. Instead of total intransigence the premier could simply say “we will endeavour to meet the goals of the 2030 Emissions Plan.” This Plan outlines a sector-by-sector path for Canadians to reach those goals. There’s no downside to cleaner air. The upside is providing hope; something that is in short supply. When we rally family members to help clean house and it doesn’t get completed what’s the downside? Simply, there’s more to do. The upside, the house is cleaner. Following the same logic let’s get started in cleaning up our world. The federal government is not dictating oil and gas be shut down; fringe groups eagerly share the untrue messaging. There is no punitive threat by the “feds” to any of the provinces if goals aren’t met. Let’s step up Alberta with a “can do” attitude. We’ve got nothing to lose.

Jacqueline Chalmers


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If climate change were a conspiracy (like pronouns and the 15-minute city), Premier Parker and his government would believe it.

Unfortunately for all of us, it is science.