NIKIFORUK: Facts on Pipeline Myths Albertans Tell Themselves

NIKIFORUK: Facts on Pipeline Myths Albertans Tell Themselves

Postby Oscar » Sun May 26, 2019 10:35 am

Frustrated by Pipeline Myths Albertans Tell Themselves? Here Are the Facts

[ https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/05/21/P ... hemselves/ ]

A guide to educating relatives and friends who cling to oily falsehoods.

By Andrew Nikiforuk , 21 May 2019 | TheTyee.ca

Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about the energy industry for two decades and is a contributing editor to The Tyee. Find his previous stories here.

Debunking claims, in the name of strong neighbourly relations.

Alberta’s major exports these days seem to be piles of misinformation, denial, blame, and propaganda on the state-owned Trans Mountain pipeline.

According to some of the more ridiculous claims, environmentalists are to blame for bitumen price discounts, Vancouverites are being punished for their orca-loving ways with high gasoline prices, and climate change really doesn’t matter.

Their politicians don’t dare admit the reality — that combined overproduction of bitumen and U.S. tight oil brought down the global price of oil with a thundering crash in 2014. In the world we inhabit now, oil business as usual has died.

Given that we all have and love our Alberta relatives and friends, here’s a brief guide on how to reply to some of the false claims being traded like crypto-currency among Alberta’s political columnists, Liberals, New Democrats and the United Conservatives.+

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