It Was Never About Carbon Emissions

It was never about carbon emissions.
That's the truth that Canadians learned last week as TransCanada's CoastalLink liquified natural gas (LNG) pipeline ran into opposition from environmental activists and First Nations groups, even as TransCanada moves to sell its majority ownership of the pipeline project.
The news does not bode well for the larger Shell-driven LNG Canada project that is valued at $40 billion.
The facts about natural gas are clear. It burns cleanly, releasing only a fraction of the carbon emissions that accompany other fuels.
Canada's abundance of natural gas makes it an ideal candidate to become a global supplier.
And the fact is, if it were really about carbon emissions, environmental zealots would be pushing night and day for Canada to ramp up the export of LNG to carbon-emitting juggernauts like China, who emit the largest share of global carbon emissions from its army of coal-burning electricity plants.
So if it isn't about carbon emissions, then what is the source of the opposition to developing Canada's energy resources, particularly the opposition to Alberta's energy sector?
The answer has become increasingly clear over the past few years.
There is a global elite that thinks that having an economy based on natural resources is distasteful. It doesn't reflect their ideal worldview or lifestyle.
HSBC, the world's fifth-largest bank, has pointedly refused to invest in Canada's oil sands, citing their concern for the environment. This same piousness appears though not to have included doing business with Mexican drug cartels - HSBC was fined $1.9 billion for facilitating money laundering from the drug trade.
The idea that some economies generate prosperity by digging the thing out of the ground and then selling them doesn't impress those who fly to the Davos Forum yearly in their private jets (which ironically run on the stuff dug out of the ground), or who sip cocktails at the global climate change summits.
It was attitude reflected in Mayor Nenshi's "F350 driving cavemen" comment, that portrayed those who work in the skilled trades as neanderthals.
And it's the unspoken attitude of those who continuously promote the virtuous "green economy" without acknowledging the increasing global need for hydrocarbon energy, or the limitations of renewable energy sources to meet even current energy demands.
It's also reflected in the attitudes of other provinces - and the Trudeau Liberal government - towards Alberta.
"Alberta" is now shorthand for "not like us" and "doesn't share our values."
This denigration towards our province isn't going unnoticed here at home.
Now, it seems that the professional protestors are preparing to turn their sights onto liquified natural gas as the next target on their hit list.
They've also made it clear what many of us suspected from the start:
The protests, the disinvestment campaigns, the push for "green technologies," and the public smearing of Alberta's resource-based energy sector -
None of it was ever about carbon emissions.

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