Wednesday, August 26, 2009

This and that

Alberta still better off than others - "The state of the province’s economy one quarter into the 2009-10 fiscal year shows a sharper period of recession than expected, Evans said, but the province still expects a stronger recovery next year.

“It’s still a better news story in Alberta than anywhere else in the country,” she said.

The finance minister said interpreting the economic picture in “doom and gloom” terms would be “belittling the entrepreneurship of Albertans.”

So far, there is no sign of how the province plans to head off an economy that’s running red; the $6.9 billion deficit means the Sustainability Fund will be tapped, leaving it with a projected $9.3 billion by the end of the year."

The message is that Alberta needs to correct it's course and there really is no need to over-react. In the last 7 years Alberta spent $140 Billion on infrastructure and virtually wiped out provincial debt and there still is the Sustainability Fund to dip into if need be.

Environment Carbon Crapshoot - "This year, the Alberta and federal governments are setting aside billions of dollars for subsidies that will go to some of the nation’s largest energy companies. The money represents a down payment on a grand experiment. The idea is to collect carbon dioxide generated by industry before it goes up the stack into the atmosphere, and cloister it underground for eternity. It’s called carbon capture and storage (CCS). It’s fearfully expensive, and there’s no guarantee it will work. Yet work it must. Because Canada has no Plan B for reducing the impact of its energy industry on the Earth’s climate."

U.S State Department OKs Pipeline From Canada's Oilsands -The U.S. State Department has issued a permit for a multibillion-dollar pipeline to carry crude oil from Canadian oil sands to refineries south of the border, triggering a court challenge from environmental and native groups. The State Department issued a Presidential Permit to Enbridge Energy, Ltd. for the Alberta Clipper - a 1,000-mile/1,607-kilometer crude oil pipeline that will run between Hardisty, Alberta, and Superior, Wisconsin.

With supply of crude oil from Western Canada oil sands developments expected to grow by as much as 1.8 million barrels per day by 2015, the industry has asked for more ...

So how long do you think the deficit will last?

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