Alberta Politics: Energy in Depth’s report to the ‘anti-Alberta’ campaigns inquiry is slick, expensive, tendentious, and unpersuasive

There’s nothing outright bonkers about the report by Energy in Depth, the U.S. fossil fuel advocacy organization paid $64,000 by the “Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns” to come up with justification for the conspiracy theories pushed by the United Conservative Party Government during and after the 2019 election campaign.

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Alberta Politics: Digging into the ‘Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns’ Inquiry’s probe of the plot to replace capitalism with a dystopic ecotopia

Now that people are sitting down and actually reading the papers commissioned by Alberta’s so-called Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns, they’re finding paranoia and poppycock aplenty. It begs a question, though. What was Inquiry Commissioner Steve Allan up to when he reached out and paid significant sums from the

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Alberta Politics: NDP to ask UCP cabinet to release risk analysis and full documentation of Premier Jason Kenney’s $7.5-billion Keystone XL deal

Opposition NDP members plan to make an emergency motion on Tuesday at a meeting of the Legislature’s Public Accounts Committee calling for full-disclosure of Premier Jason Kenney’s $7.5-billion Keystone XL Pipeline deal last March.  Technically, the motion will urge the United Conservative Party Cabinet to waive its privilege and release

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Alberta Politics: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy tops Alberta independent bookshops’ fiction bestseller list

Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold by independent booksellers in Alberta during the week ended Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. The lists are compiled by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, and include sales at Audreys Books in Edmonton and Glass Bookshop in Edmonton. ALBERTA FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. The

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Alberta Politics: NDP leads UCP in 2020 fund-raising totals, significantly in the fourth quarter and marginally over the year

Alberta’s Opposition New Democratic Party noticeably out-raised the United Conservative Party in the fourth quarter of 2020, $2.3 million to $1.9 million, according to figures released yesterday by Elections Alberta.  This left the NDP slightly ahead in donations for the full year as well, $5.06 million compared with $5.05 million.

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Alberta Politics: Canada and Alberta can manage the transition away from fossil fuels, says economist Jim Stanford in new study

The decline of Canada’s fossil fuel industry is inevitable, and unlikely to be the disaster Conservatives like Alberta Premier Jason Kenney have been predicting, a study released this morning by the Vancouver-based Centre for Future Work concludes.  But we need to recognize reality and get cracking to make the transition

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Alberta Politics: ‘Public’ inquiry into ‘anti-Alberta’ campaigns descends into fiasco with request for third extension, apparently posted in error

Having just been busted for commissioning three reports that an expert critic dismissed as “textbook examples of climate change denialism,” the commissioner of the so-called Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns now appears to be seeking a third extension of time before delivering his final report.  Commissioner Steve Allan’s request

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Alberta Politics: Booker Prize winner Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart is Alberta independent bookshops’ fiction bestseller for week ended Jan. 10

Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold by independent booksellers in Alberta during the week ended Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. The lists are compiled by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, and include sales at Audreys Books in Edmonton and Glass Bookshop in Edmonton. ALBERTA FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Shuggie

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Alberta Politics: Climate-change denial, bias, and a Marxist under every bed of leaves characterize papers commissioned by energy campaigns inquiry

An “engagement process update” published Wednesday night by the so-called Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns reveals inquiry head Steve Allan commissioned reports by climate-change skeptics and a fossil fuel industry advocacy group in the United States.  A critical submission to the $3.5-million inquiry by University of Calgary law professor

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Alberta Politics: Teachers are bound to be furious about UCP’s Christmas coup to consolidate control over their pensions

If the Kenney Government’s Christmas Eve coup to consolidate control over $18 billion in Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund assets shows anything, it’s that the United Conservative Party’s investment strategy is as good as its political strategy! Or maybe we should put that the other way: that the government’s political strategy

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Alberta Politics: What’s next for former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith now that she’s dropping out of right-wing talk radio?

Former school trustee, former Wildrose Party leader, and former controversial legislative floor-crosser, Danielle Smith announced yesterday she will add right-wing talk-radio bloviator to her long list of former occupations.  The woman thought in 2012 to be on track to become Alberta’s first Wildrose Party premier announced yesterday she is ending

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