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Dire Consequences: Destroying Alberta's Affordable Power Advantage

A critical review of the claims of accelerated Phase-out Coal Activists. Affordable energy is an Alberta Advantage, one we have enjoyed for years, thanks to an abundant, high quality coal supply (which Albertans own), willing investors, responsible industry and ever-improving, sensible air quality regulations and mitigation techniques. We challenge the claims of the Alberta government and anti-coal activist advisors like the Pembina Institute and their recent report “Breathing in the Benefits.” Will we face the dire consequences of energy poverty, industrial collapse, and burdensome taxes as we have seen in Ontario, the UK, and the EU?

A Practical Guide to the Economics of Carbon (Dioxide) Pricing

Dr. Ross McKitrick published this document for the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. He says that carbon dioxide pricing is the most efficient way to ration emissions. “Painfully costly command-and-control reductions make little sense in Canada, given our marginal contribution to global emissions.” He writes “carbon pricing only works in the absence of any other emission regulations.” If carbon dioxide pricing is layered on other emission regulating programs such as emission caps, coal-fired plant shutdowns, feed-in-tariffs or wind and solar subsidies, it will "fail to have the desired effects" and will "cause disproportionate damage in the economy." Because a tax causes an economic loss, he says “in Canada, the optimal carbon tax should be about half of the estimated social cost of carbon, assuming there are no other climate actions.

Geothermal for Alberta? A Case for Caution

CANGEA - the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association – has been making a concerted case for the development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) in Alberta. This report reviews the potential of geothermal in Alberta and explores the differences between geothermal in well-known spots like Iceland and the differences in Canada that make geothermal a less likely power producer for Alberta. The use of deep, old wells for geothermal poses the risk of deadly hydrogen sulfide (H2S) leaks. An evaluation of all costs and risks be undertaken before proceeding down this path.

A Confluence of Carbonbaggers

This reviews the substantial failings of the IPCC in everything from the original premise that human activity producing greenhouse gases was the primary cause of recent warming, to vast errors in climate models that are 500 and 600% off trend. The report includes a compilation of errors, false and wildly exaggerated predictions by the U.N. panel. National economies have been ruined, investment markets distorted, industries devastated, thousands have died prematurely due to sharp rise in power prices as people have been pushed into ‘heat-or-eat’ poverty due to policies based on flawed documents from the IPCC.

Alberta’s Proposed Climate Plan: A Burden with No Benefit

The Alberta Government intends to impose a carbon tax of C$20/tCO2 as of January 1, 2017, and C$30/tCO2 as of January 1, 2018. This action is not based on the most recent and best quality climate science and economic evaluations. The expected warming from 2016 to 2100 due to greenhouse gas emissions is only 0.6 °C using the best climate science. The net social benefit of emissions is about 17 US$/tCO2 . This value takes into account the natural recovery from the Little Ice Age and the effects of urban development. A carbon tax will harm all Albertans for no benefit. The climate plan is forecast to reduce global temperatures by 0.00007 °C by 2030.

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