Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tzeporah Berman gives oil sands advisory board legitimacy.

Unlike Brian Jean of the Wildrose and Jason Kenny of the Progressive Conservatives, I appreciate different perspectives on the oil advisory board in Alberta.  There are a great deal of Canadians who care a whole lot about the environment and do believe unfettered capitalism is reckless without taking into account the effect that capitalism will have on the environment.  We only have one world and if we don't practice better stewardship than we won't even have that.  Pipelines sound great but for many of us there is a moment of pause needed to consider the long-term environmental consequences of pipelines.  Too often mankind has a habit of doing first and then realizing later there were adverse consequences.

Jason Kenny and Brian Jean in their single-minded focus on job creation are acting as if climate change is a myth that we do not need to deal with and thus they do not speak to people like me who are leaning to supporting pipelines if and only if environmental issues are taken into account.  For an oil advisory board to seem legitimate and garner my support, a person like Tzeporah Berman is needed.  If the PC's were in power, based on Alberta's history, I would expect an oil advisory board to be full of oil execs.  People who champion oil, enviromental issues be dammed.  Having a contrarian opinion gives me comfort as I know the large group of Canadians who are fighting for greener Canada will have a voice.  This contrary voice will counter the oil, oil, oil enviroment be dammed voice that those who share ideological leanings of a Brian Jean or Jason Kenny seem to have.  Call Tzeporah a check and balance giving our enviroment a voice.  I don't have to agree with her but I know she will at least stand up for mother nature even in the face criticism from those who need everyone to think and act alike.  I like the fact that some of the NDP would logically not be a 100% behind pipelines because not all Albertans or Canadians are a 100% behind pipelines.  Different perspectives provide a check and balance.

I don't want to live in a Canada where everyone thinks, acts, talk and looks alike.  I love our diversity of religion, races, cultures and perspectives.  It is only through the converging of diffferent opinions we find common ground in the middle as we seem to have in regards to pipelines.  Yes, we have a carbon tax to push industry to be greener but the reward is economic investment in the creation of pipelines giving us better access to markets who give us a better price on oil.  The only reason Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notely were able to achieve the possibility of pipelines was because they represented the diverse perspectives of all Canadians.  When it comes to pipelines you need the people on the fence to show support.  Those who are for pipelines are already on board and represented in Alberta.  Those who have felt their voice muzzled, opinions dimissed, on the side of the enviroment, have never felt like they were represented in govt committees around oil, need the contrarian.  For this group of Canadians, growing larger and larger in numbers daily as the effects of Global Warming become more obvious an enviroment champion is needed to get pipelines built without screwing mother nature in the process.  Take Tzeporah off the oil advisory board and that group who cares about the enviroment, will see the board as just another tool for the oil industry to push their agenda through.

So please, before you regurgitate what talking bobbleheads in suits say ask yourself if you are the target demographic  Notely and Trudeau have to get off the fence about pipelines onto the side of  those who support pipelines if they are to get built. A big reason Harper and previous PC gov'ts failed to garner support for their pipelines is they muzzled or simply did not give a voice to those who believed differently.  Thus in Alberta and Canada if you want pipelines then you want Tzeporah Berman on the oil advisory board of Alberta.  If you are against pipelines like Jason Kenny or Brian Jean keep asking for Tzeporah to resign because if she does resign then the oil advisory board becomes nothing more than a machivellian govt run board giving the illusion they care about the enviroment allianating those on the fence about pipelines.

The Iceman

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