Jim Warren: Who’s next? First it was fossil fuels that were demonized, now is it agriculture?

Jim Warren: Who’s next? First it was fossil fuels that were demonized, now is it agriculture?

They say misery loves company. But having company is probably small comfort for people working in western Canada’s energy industry. That being said, it is becoming clear that the fossil fuel industry is no longer the only major economic sector in the west to find itself targeted for abuse under federal environmental policy. Just a few weeks ago, farmers and ranchers were singled out for special treatment on behalf of climate change mitigation and environmental protection. 

As if adding the carbon tax to natural gas used for grain drying and fertilizer production hadn’t done enough to frustrate, the federal government has announced its intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from nitrogen fertilizer by 30 per cent below 2020 levels by 2030. Farmers and farm organizations have noted such a move will reduce crop yields and overall food production.

Brian Zinchuk: Canada’s promise to provide Europe with an additional 300,000 barrels of oil per day wasn’t worth a bucket of warm spit

Brian Zinchuk: Canada’s promise to provide Europe with an additional 300,000 barrels of oil per day wasn’t worth a bucket of warm spit

A March 24 story on CTV quoted federal Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkson, who said, “This is a crisis.”
“These folks in Europe are looking at the prospects potentially of not having fuel for the trucks that provide groceries for people to survive on or potentially not having adequate supplies of gas to heat their homes,” Wilkinson said.
Now, nearly six months after that, has the federal government done anything – anything at all – to move on that promise to Europe?
No. Not a damned thing.

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