Friday, May 15, 2015

Time for some adult supervision

The latest Con dodge on greenhouse gas emission regulations for the oil and gas industry is to say that they'll promise to deal with a few collateral activities, just as long as actual production continues to receive a free pass:
Aglukkaq also announced new rules to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, such as industrial leaks and gas flares, which makes up a significant portion of the industry's total emissions.
Notably omitted, of course, is the rest of the industry's total emissions.

So how does that painful level of parsing to avoid what has to be done sound familiar?


  1. Anonymous7:50 PM

    The timing of this announcement is also suspect. Just when Alberta goes orange, the Cons dump a whole new pile of responsibilities on them. Do you really think this would have happened if the Cons or even Wildrose Party won? Not a chance ...

  2. If there is a connection to the Alberta election, I'd suspect it's just the opposite. They're not dumping additional responsibilities on the NDP by setting rules at the federal level, they're trying to take over the territory with a bare minimum standard in order to convince Notley it's more trouble than it's worth to regulate any further.

    (Your mileage may vary if you think the Cons are more focused on undermining Notley than serving the oil industry - but that strikes me as unlikely.)