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Letter: Electrical Costs Spark Action in Alberta

A letter written in response to a Southern Alberta Newspapers article called for: a) An inquiry into the true costs of wind power including transmission, b) A moratorium on wind development until benefit, if any, can be established. The letter shows that "Wind generation in Alberta has cost about $5 billion, of which about $2 billion (so far) have been paid for by customers for underused transmission dedicated to wind." Expensive transmission lines have to be overbuilt by 300% because the annual wind power output is only 32% of the designed capacity. Wind power is notoriously variable and unreliable requiring 100% backup by conventional power plants.

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?

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 Climate Plan: A Burden with No Benefit

The Alberta Government imposed a carbon tax of C$20/tCO2 as of January 1, 2017, increasing C$30/tCO2 as of January 1, 2018. This action is not based on the most recent and best quality climate science and economic evaluations. The expected warming from 2016 to 2100 due to greenhouse gas emissions is only 0.6 °C using the best climate science. The net social benefit of emissions is about 5 US$/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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