Friends of Science Speaker Challenges Alberta Government Climate Change Policies at Agricultural Conference – Responds to Government Concerns of Controversy

As reported by the CBC on Jan. 19, 2018, the Alberta government was ‘cool’ to Friends of Science Society’s presentation at the Agricultural Services Board conference in Grande Prairie on Jan. 17, 2018, wherein Communications Manager, Michelle Stirling, walked some 400 delegates through a presentation on how carbon taxes are set and the implications and costs of coal phase-out and climate change policies. The CBC report indicates that the Alberta government finds it concerning that a view contrary to their climate change dogma was presented to a provincially funded organization.According to Stirling, open, civil, democratic debate is crucial as the province of Alberta is in for billions of dollars in long-term debt due to a ‘rush-to-renewables’ that she says also blunts the former competitive economic advantage of the province, once said to drive a third of Canada’s economy.Far from the ‘record-setting success’ the Alberta government claimed about its renewables auction coming in at a price of 3.7 cents/kWh in a Dec. 13, 2017 press release, Stirling told the audience in fact coal-fired power was 2.2 cents/kWh and that renewables were expensive and unreliable. Stirling cited the billions of dollars in coal phase-out costs and said that the back-end integration and infrastructure of wind with the required natural gas power plant back-up costs would outweigh the value, even if the wind farms were free.

Source: Friends of Science Speaker Challenges Alberta Government Climate Change Policies at Agricultural Conference – Responds to Government Concerns of Controversy