North American Energy Policy Supports Climate Change in Neglect of Energy Security: Minister of Energy, Alberta

Such a policy will lead the United States to now looking for oil in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, the minister says.

Alberta’s Energy Minister, Sonia Savage, is at a time when the Free Government treats Alberta’s oil and gas reserves as a strategic asset and is not responsible for its phasing out to undermine energy security. It states.

Speak in Press conference Prime Minister Savage confirmed on March 11 that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine spotlighted the weaknesses of North America’s energy policy and needed to continue oil and gas production to combat supply turmoil. Stated.

“Over the last few decades, the growing interest in energy policy in Western democracy has mostly focused on climate change and the need for emission reductions, on energy security, reliability and affordability. It was to undermine and exclude the debate, “she said.

“The failure to prioritize energy security has led the U.S. government to blame them for the past few years, while at the same time telling their own producers, U.S. domestic producers, to increase oil production. I was in a rather embarrassing predicament that I had to ask. “.”

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Alberta’s Minister of Energy Sonia Savage announced on March 4, 2022 that Calgary’s coal mining restrictions on the eastern slopes of Alberta will be increased. (Todd Korol / The Canadian Press)

Savage said the red tape on the fossil fuel sector will also enhance federal policies such as emission limits for oil and gas production and environmental assessments for key projects enacted in 2019, including: It points out the law, Bill C-69. The pipeline, the measures critics have said, serve as an obstacle to the industry.

“It’s terribly frustrating to see the US government currently struggling to increase supply from some of the worst governments in the world (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela), but we still sit right next door. “She said.

“There is an industry working on net zero production in oil sands. We are a responsible democratic government, so it’s very frustrating.”

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On March 2, 2022, at a gas station in Burnaby, British Columbia, prices for 1 liter of petrol and different grades of petrol will be displayed. (DarrylDyck / The Canadian Press)

Savage’s remarks preceded the federal carbon tax. gain The price of gasoline on April 1st is about 9 to 11 cents per liter.Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Ministry Website By pricing carbon, you can “promote innovation while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Savage said the “failed” energy policy puts Canada and the United States in a difficult situation to maintain or grow domestic energy production, while Russia does not need to pay attention to environmental standards. He said he could continue to increase.

“That is, this is the transfer of oil and gas production from North America to places like Russia. It is also the transfer of greenhouse gas emissions to those places, like Russia from Western democracy. It’s also a transfer of wealth to the place, “she said.

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The overview shows the oil processing plant in the Yarakuta oil field owned by the Irkutsk Oil Company (INK) in the Irkutsk region of Russia on March 10, 2019. (VasilyFedosenko / Reuters)

Savage’s comment also came after US President Joe Biden announcement On March 8, there was a move to force Moscow to withdraw its invasion of Ukraine in order to ban Russia’s oil imports.

Speak in CERA Week Conference On March 8 in Houston, Texas, Prime Minister Jason Kenny said Alberta was the “natural answer” to the world’s energy security challenges. Third largest oil reserves in the world.

“We have seen how some of the world’s worst governments have increased their presence in the world’s energy markets over the years, and their income comes from their sales, violence, terrorism, conflict, And we’ve talked about being transformed into global instability. ” Said Kenny, addressing Government officials, ideological leaders, and senior management around the world attending the Energy Council.

“Most of that energy [those] Regime [are] The level of transparency in environmental standards is fundamentally low, not to mention labor standards and basic human rights standards. “

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Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenny will speak after the United Conservative Party (UCP) Annual Meeting in Calgary on 21 November 2021. (LarryMacDougal / The Canadian Press)

The White House is also Press release On March 8, it said it allowed short-term domestic production of oil and gas to address supply shortages.

“In the long run, the way to avoid soaring gasoline prices is to accelerate the transition of clean energy to the future, not slow it down,” the press release said.

Savage said it was impractical to accelerate the pace while the world was in an energy transition to combat climate change.

“The transition is time consuming and not easy,” she said. “Oil and gas will continue to be used for decades during that transition.”

Meanwhile, Federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said he wasn’t sure how much additional oil Canada could produce and ship to help offset the fossil fuel ban from Russia. He said it would take a week or two.

The Minister spent most of last week at the CERA Week meeting, calling many times with US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and a two-hour call with the G7 Energy Minister on March 10.

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Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson will stand up during the question period at the Commons House on the Parliamentary Hill in Ottawa on March 3, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)

“In the context of discussions with Europeans as well as Americans, we asked each other, essentially oil and gas producers, to see whatever we could do,” Wilkinson said. Reported on March 12, the press told Canadians.

To replace all the oil available from Russia, Europe needs 3 million barrels a day.

“That is, the capacity of the pipeline is clearly limited, but at this point we have the ability to take full advantage of it to stabilize the global energy market and support our friends and allies in Europe. It’s there. Look, “he said.

Mr Savage said the Liberal government is “very aggressively pursuing” green policy and has “blamed” the oil and gas sector since it came to power in 2015.

“At the same time, they are in talks with our global partners and other countries, whether G7 or the International Energy Agency. They are how to increase and grow production to replace the Russian barrel. We are talking about. “She said.

“It’s hypocritical.”

Canadian Press contributed to this report.

Isaac Theo


Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.