Saskatchewan fights back against Ottawa climate measures that stifle its resource and farming industries

In a White Paper, the province seeks more autonomy within Confederation, similar to Quebec’s, to develop and market its resources without federal interference. The alternative is staggering costs for the province’s industries, farmers, and citizens

Federalism has been far from perfect in addressing challenges faced by Saskatchewan in fulfilling the province’s destiny and reaching its fullest economic potential. This prompted Premier Scott Moe to proclaim that “Saskatchewan needs to be a nation within a nation,” similar to how the Province of Quebec operates with broader powers within Confederation.

In light of recent federal commitments and actions, the Government of Saskatchewan is exploring all options to fully assert our existing powers, rights and privileges under the Constitution. Our objective is to protect our economic future now and into the future such that we may:

  • Continue to responsibly extract and develop our natural resources
  • Expand trade corridors to provide the world with what it needs, especially in a time of crisis: food, fuel, and fertilizer
  • Protect our residents and businesses from harmful federal policies.
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Energy transition is transitioning away from green in favor of energy security

Canada has so far escaped Europe’s and America’s rising energy costs, but the world’s rapid shift to energy security through fossil fuels is putting upward pressure on fossil-fuel prices and our luck is unlikely to hold. This winter’s prices of natural gas, gasoline and in particular diesel will tell the tale

By Henry Geraedts, Financial Post, Nov. 10, 2022

What a difference a year makes. Last year’s COP26 message of green energy as a panacea for climate risk has been replaced by a global shift prioritizing energy security and putting hydrocarbons back to front and centre.

Absentee leaders from COP27 include: India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and even Canada. Meanwhile European and U.S. politicians seem incapable of recognizing the new normal.

The world is caught in a new energy crisis, triggered by Europe’s renewables’ failure in late 2021 and amplified by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Runaway natural gas prices have disrupted international supply chains from Asia to North America and now threaten Europe’s industrial base, including key green industries.

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The sun, not carbon dioxide, is the ‘control knob’ of climate

The cooling that will accompany the coming ‘Grand Solar Minimum (GSM)’ will be a lot more devastating than any heating caused by rising CO2

By Ron Davison, ‘Open Letter’

Based on my look at the data (and I’ve looked at a lot), there is no empirical data on any time scale showing that CO2 is a significant climate driver. Conversely, an abundance of data shows that the sun directly or indirectly (i.e., through ocean cycles, modulating cloud cover, etc.) has a significant effect on the Earth’s climate on many different time scales.

Very simply, the climate cannot be accurately modelled by a computer because it is a non-linear chaotic system that has hundreds of input parameters (not just CO2, which is a small component). At best, it is an estimate that is only as valid as the vast number of assumptions that are fed into the computer.

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If you can’t beat climate skeptics, censor them

U.S. alarmists hope to silence critics of anthropogenic warming and Net Zero plans as creators of ‘climate disinformation’

Editorial, The Wall Street Journal, OCT. 6, 2022

Now that Elon Musk has bought Twitter, the hopeful view for online speech is that his rockets-and-flame-throwers heterodoxy might be an answer for what ails social media. He won’t have it easy. More than a dozen environmental outfits, including Greenpeace and the Union of Concerned Scientists, have written to the big tech companies to blame them for “amplifying and perpetuating climate disinformation.”

What the letter asks for sounds modest, but the implication is clear. The Digital Services Act recently enacted by the European Union includes transparency rules, and the green groups want Silicon Valley “to commit to including climate disinformation as a separately acknowledged category in its reporting and content moderation policies in and outside of the EU.” Then they could proceed to complain that the tech giants aren’t doing enough censoring.

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Why elites like Greta Thunberg hate capitalism

Free markets have lifted millions out of poverty, liberated women, and protected the environment. Why, then, are so many progressives against them?

By MIchael Shellenberger, Nov. 4, 2022

For the last three years, Greta Thunberg has said that her life’s purpose was to save the world from climate change. But last Sunday, she told an audience in London that climate activists must overthrow “the whole capitalist system,” which she says is responsible for “imperialism, oppression, genocide… racist, oppressive extractionism.” Her talk echoed the World Economic Forum’s calls for a “Great Reset” away from fossil fuels and toward renewables. There is no “back to normal,” she said.

But her claims are absurd. The “whole capitalist system” has, over the last 200 years, allowed the average life expectancy of humans to rise from 30 to 70 years of age. The “whole capitalist system” produces larger food surpluses than any other system in human history. And the “whole capitalist system” has resulted in declining greenhouse gas emissions in developed nations over the last 50 years.

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Open letter from Clintel to global leaders at COP27 in Egypt

UN’s climate measures, based on overheated computer models, are having an unprecedented negative impact on the world’s prosperity and well-being. It’s time for a rethink

By Global Climate Intelligence Group (Clintel), Amsterdam, Nov. 1, 2022

Your Excellencies:

By the year 2030, historians will wonder with amazement how it could happen that the UN in previous decades had proposed far-reaching climate-related measures that totally failed to arrest global warming, but instead would have the unintended consequence of an unprecedented negative impact on the world’s prosperity and well-being.

They will wonder why many people at that time unquestioningly believed in an “existential climate crisis.” That crisis narrative was based on outdated “over-heated” computer models, in turn widely supported by mainstream media. They will consider it beyond belief that a senior UN official in September 2022 audaciously declared that “We own the science, and we think the world should know it and the (social media) platforms also.”

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Taming the climate is far harder and much more expensive than getting people to the moon

Decarbonization is a project with no clear beginning or end and the costs will be stupendous

By Vaclav Smil, Sept. 29, 2022, IEEE Spectrum

IN HIS 1949 book The Concept of Mind, Gilbert Ryle, an English philosopher, introduced the term “category mistake.” He gave the example of a visitor to the University of Oxford who sees colleges and a splendid library and then asks, “But where is the university?” The category mistake is obvious: A university is an institution, not a collection of buildings.

Today, no category mistake is perhaps more consequential than the all-too-common view of the global energy transition. The error is to think of the transition as the discrete, well-bounded task of replacing carbon fuels by non-carbon alternatives. The apparent urgency of the transition leads to calls for confronting the challenge just as the United States dealt with two earlier ones: winning the nuclear-arms race against Nazi Germany and the space race against the Soviet Union. The Manhattan Project produced an atomic bomb in three years, and Project Apollo put two U.S. citizens on the moon in July 1969, eight years after President Kennedy had announced the goal.

But difficult and costly as those two endeavors were, they affected only small parts of the economy, their costs were relatively modest, and the lives of average citizens were hardly affected. It is just the opposite for the decarbonization of the energy supply.

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Only 13% of Canadians support Trudeau anti-oil and gas policies

A Leger poll of 1,535 Canadians found 72 per cent of respondents either “somewhat” or “strongly” supported “developing and exporting more oil and natural gas resources”. Needless to say, Canada’s Prime Minister is opposed

By Colin Craig, National Post, Oct. 26, 2022

Over the past decade, many European nations grew dependent on Russia for their oil and natural gas needs. The folly of this policy was revealed by Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. That is why, since February, many of those same European nations have been knocking desperately on Canada’s door seeking to purchase some of our enormous supplies of oil and gas resources.

A new Leger poll conducted for shows Canadians want to help. The poll of 1,535 Canadians found 72 per cent of respondents either “somewhat” or “strongly” supported “developing and exporting more oil and natural gas resources so that the world can reduce how much it purchases from Russia.” Support was widespread across Canada, stretched from coast to coast and included men and women and all age groups.

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Climate moralists’ fake virtue is creating misery for millions

From a column by Gerard Baker, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 20, 2022

The left has always deemed itself morally superior—peace, love and understanding and all that. Conservative ideas and solutions are characterized as the product of self-interest, bigotry and greed. They might be grudgingly tolerated, but morally defensible in their own right? Never.

Take climate change. The obligation to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions has been established firmly as the ultimate moral imperative. If you oppose it you are condemning us literally to a future of hellfire—and doing so out of your own selfish desire to drive a big car or fly somewhere for a vacation.

But we are now seeing the terrible consequences of the power this fable has exercised over leaders for decades—in moral as well as economic terms. The reckless push to decarbonize has dramatically reduced the supply and increased the cost of energy, leaving hundreds of millions vulnerable to the twin shocks of scarcity and unaffordability in the wake of the war in Ukraine. How many people in Europe or the developing world will suffer or die this winter because of the climate extremists’ monopoly of moral virtue?

Ottawa’s climate-change evangelism a threat to Canada’s energy security

The Canadian and U.S. governments continue to stifle production of oil and gas for domestic markets, never mind for increasingly desperate allies, at the cost of our national interest

By Derek H. Bur­ney, National Post, Oct. 19, 2022

Derek H. Bur­ney is a for­mer 30-year ca­reer diplo­mat who served as the Am­bas­sador to the United States of Amer­ica from 1989-1993

Shortly after sabotage operations blew ruptures in the Nord Stream pipelines from Russia to Germany, OPEC announced plans to reduce oil production by two million barrels per day. Both actions increased pressure around energy shortages, notably in Europe, where prices are already substantially higher than last year and are likely to get worse as winter nears. However, the threat is global and immediate.

Fossil fuels will be a vital source of energy for decades to come, yet the Canadian and U.S. governments remain mesmerized by climate-change evangelism and continue to stifle production of oil and gas for domestic markets, never mind for increasingly desperate allies.

The fixation on the threat from climate change lacks both balance and perspective. The technology simply does not yet exist for a rapid transition to a world without fossil fuel. In the wake of Russia’s war on Ukraine, Germany and France are desperately reopening coal-fired power plants and reactivating dormant nuclear reactors in order to meet energy shortfalls. At the same time, China and India are importing more coal from Russia.

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