The Ranks of Crony Capitalists Grows As Companies Trade Political Support — And Their Integrity — For Unattainable “Peace For Our Time With Enviro-activists And Liberal Politicians”

Commentary by

Dave Harbour

Neville Chamberlain,

Neville Chamberlain, “Peace for our time.”

Here we bring you more news of eroding prosperity and freedom in Canada: increasing ‘carbon’ taxes that further the decline of business voters in Canada.

But while liberal politicians may be foolish enough to bargain away their children’s prosperity, they are also crafty.   Higher energy taxes may provide a quick economic fix to Alberta’s overspending government at the expense of future energy investment.  But it also keeps a liberal supporting bureaucracy and entitlement system more or less whole at the expense of the more conservative private sector.  (It is the same thing Alaska’s Administration is trying to do across the border, as Alaska’s largest city ignores the State’s fiscal crisis and moves to increase its costs as well.)

We commented on this trend of growing socialism at the expense of the free market a few days ago.  The trend is not unique to Canada, but is rampant under the current U.S. administration and a fait accompli in much of Europe — a union of tragic, social  and economic failures.

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Claudia Cattaneo, NGP file photo by Dave Harbour

(Financial Post by Claudia Canttaneo.  A new hard cap on greenhouse gas emissions in the oilsands won’t impact Cenovus Energy Inc.’s growth plans, president and CEO Brian Ferguson said Thursday….  {More})

Then, adding insult to injury, some energy companies are piously proffering public pronouncements of support: pretext to their own decline.  Don’t Cenovus Energy and Suncor Energy realize they are aiding and abetting the forces dedicated to their demise — like their cousins did at the recent, Paris Climate Change meetings?  Is their head over heals desire to solicit the favor of their regulators and enviro-activist gadflies so desperate that they would appease them with their own diminished dowries?  And, do they not realize that no amount of obsequious corporate policy will ever appease the enviro-activists and liberal authoritarians whose ultimate goal is the accumulation of political power and absolute control over the means of production, transportation and distribution of energy, etc.?

Did millennials now apparently directing corporate communication policies never hear of Neville Chamberlain?  Do today’s corporate leaders forget that the dream of peace through appeasement ‘for our time’ merely delays war and conquest to a future time?    -dh

Wall Street Journal by Chester Dawson.  The government of oil-rich Alberta province introduced legislation Tuesday to implement an economy wide carbon tax starting next year, aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions and remaking its image as a champion of the fossil fuels industry.  The move is part of a broader environmental policy package expected to phase out coal-fired plants….  (More)    (Note: We have shown that certain oil and gas interests support the climate change agenda as long as it is protects their own natural gas/LNG marketing effort, as long as taxes don’t specifically target them and as long as the “war on coal” is the major target that can become a vanishing competitor.  -dh

Alberta’s consumers are hearing that the province’s new carbon tax will dramatically impact family budgets.

In this video, Canadian Natural Resources’ Murray Edwards joins the enviro-governmental-industrial cabal by supporting the fossil fuel tax.   -dh

Here, Suncor’s CEO provides a litany of enviro-talking points supporting imposition of a carbon tax, which is FINE as long as it is broad based and not targeting just the oil industry.  

We hope our friends in Canada are wiser than most of the failing European economies that would rather be consumed by overspending, overtaxing, unsustainable government budgets, a flood of culture killing immigration and political correctness than call “appeasement” what it is: cowardice leading to the weakening of free societies.  -dh


Readers know our opinion; now here’s a potpourri of fact and opinion our more critical readers can use in reaching their own conclusions  -dh

Graham Thomson: Alberta introduces climate tax bill, but still has to win over Albertans

National Post – ‎4 hours ago‎
When Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips unveiled details of the government’s Climate Leadership Implementation Act on Tuesday, she added some theatrics. She held the news conference outdoors on the rooftop deck of Edmonton’s refurbished …

Alberta Carbon Tax Could Cost Families More Than Estimated: Opposition

Huffington Post Canada – ‎2 hours ago‎
EDMONTON — Alberta has put forward legislation to implement its multibillion-dollar carbon levy, with new estimates hiking the cost to families to as much as $443 next year. Opponents, however, estimate it will be about double that. Environment

Alberta introduces bill to implement carbon tax – ‎20 hours ago‎
The typical Alberta household will pay an additional $70 to $105 each year in indirect costs for goods and services under the province’s controversial new carbon tax. This figure, provided by government officials Tuesday, is in addition to the direct

Brace for it: Alberta is about to endure weeks of vicious climate-change-induced political weather! (blog) – ‎5 hours ago‎
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. The Notley government officially introduced its package of climate-change strategy in the Legislature yesterday and as a result Alberta is now sure to

Climate change bill costs rise

News Talk 770 Calgary – ‎4 hours ago‎
Alberta has put forward legislation to implement its multibillion-dollar carbon levy, with new estimates hiking the cost to families to as much as $443 next year. Opposition leader Brian Jean however says it could be more than double that. The Wildrose

Alberta families will pay more under climate change bill’s carbon tax

Edmonton Journal – ‎16 hours ago‎
A typical Alberta family will pay between $70 and $105 extra per year for consumer goods and services as a result of the province’s new carbon tax, the NDP government said Tuesday in introducing its new climate legislation. It’s the first time the

Braid: NDP unveils climate bill, but will it actually work?

Calgary Herald – ‎17 hours ago‎
Shannon Phillips introduced Bill 20, the Climate Leadership Implementation Act, on the roof of the Federal Building in Edmonton on May 24, 2016. Larry Wong / Postmedia. Share Adjust Comment Print. The NDP has reached new heights. On Tuesday, it was …

Albertans weigh impact of proposed carbon tax

CTV News – ‎18 hours ago‎
The provincial government is moving forward with its plan to reduce carbon pollution. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips introduced Bill 20 in the Alberta Legislature Tuesday afternoon. “Our plan to reduce carbon pollution will diversify the economy

Oilsands emissions cap and new regulations for energy industry still unclear

Calgary Herald – ‎17 hours ago‎
Shannon Phillips (Alberta Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office) on the roof of the Federal Building in Edmonton on May 24, 2016, where the Minister introduced Bill 20, the Climate Leadership Implementation Act. Larry Wong / Postmedia.

Alberta introduces carbon tax bill as it formalizes climate plan

The Globe and Mail (subscription) – ‎19 hours ago‎
Alberta is moving to turn its ambitious climate-change plan into law with the introduction of legislation to tax purchases of all fossil fuels, including gasoline and natural gas. Bill 20, introduced on Tuesday, is one of the first major steps by the

Alberta climate plan is a house of cards

Toronto Sun – ‎18 hours ago‎
Convoluted. The Alberta NDP government’s climate leadership plan, introduced in the provincial legislature on Tuesday, is convoluted. And very likely will be utterly useless. Because it involves so many new charges to bring money in and so many new

Fed up with denial, Alberta introduces aggressive climate change bill

National Observer – ‎18 hours ago‎
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announcing Alberta’s climate change plan in November 2015 alongside industry, environmental and indigenous leaders. File Photo by the Canadian Press. Previous story. The Alberta government is speeding ahead with …

NDP tables climate change plan with promise to offset costs

660 News – ‎17 hours ago‎
The NDP Government tabled its highly controversial Climate Leadership Implementation Act Tuesday afternoon, with more details on what kind of rebates Albertans will see for the new levy on gas prices and home heating. Before Bill 20 was tabled in the …

Alberta presses carbon levy as fire threat to oil fades – ‎7 hours ago‎
Provincial government aims to increase taxes to help fund efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. By Daniel J. Graeber · Follow @dan_graeber Contact the Author | May 25, 2016 at 6:05 AM. Follow @crudeoilprices. Comments. share with facebook.

Canada’s Alberta Legislates For Carbon Levy – ‎50 minutes ago‎
A CAD20 (USD15) per tonne carbon levy will enter into force in the Canadian province of Alberta on January 1, 2017. The Government introduced the Climate Leadership Implementation Act on May 24, 2016. The revenue raised will be reinvested in …

Canada’s Alberta Province Details New Carbon Tax on Fuel Consumption

Wall Street Journal – ‎19 hours ago‎
CALGARY, Alberta—The government of oil-rich Alberta province introduced legislation Tuesday to implement an economywide carbon tax starting next year, aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions and remaking its image as a champion of the fossil …