Rob Connelly from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology replied to a comment I made linking Pipelines to Canadas C02 output with a whole string of ‘Standard issue’ talking points of failure… edging the industry towards the ledge we’re all pushing them off of.
But – you’ll see from the comments I made – the talking points Robb made have already been addressed by Scientists, Environmentalists and Economists from around the world, and right here in Canada. Since he blocked me (and equated me to Donald Trump) – I decided to refine my arguments here… and email them to a few people around the planet.
First, the Graphic – where we as Canadians have the same carbon footprint per capita as the Americans do… insulting the world as far as I’m concerned.
“This is why pipelines are asinine… and we need to divest…
*cue hysterical neo-cons and nut-bars
this is why Canadians specifically have to do something – and we CAN change the world
Robb here, decided to jump in…
This was Rob Connelly’s comment on Facebook January 6, 2019
“How do you connect the dots between pipelines and Canadian per capita CO2 foot print? If you click on the graphic it shows the global trend of CO2 emmissions +2.7% YOY. We are burning more hydrocarbons every year and every year the global population is increasing just over 1%. It is fact that as nations become more developed they use more energy. If we look at a developing nation India 1% of 1.3 billion it becomes obvious where our efforts are best focused. Canada can play a significant roll in developing technologies that reduce CO2 emmisions that we can share with the world. This would allow a more realistic or natural transition away from burning carbon. Neo con ? Your call.”
So I answered – made a few mistakes – and corrected them here….
But I have to say this first – this is literally a whole list of points I’ve heard from the Oil Industry in the last year, indeed, the last five years. Since his statement was rather long, I broke it down sentence by sentence, and gave him point breaks for analysis;
This is how my answer went… so I titled it;
Fossil Fuels Failing the Grade
First… I’m Darin Howard – Freelancer and Journalist who owns and operates Radio Free Canada. My studio is in Calgary, Alberta… and this is Robb Connely – 12 year veteran at NAIT – the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology…his bio…
In 1986 I decided to go back to school and take Instrumentation Engineering Technology at NAIT and was offered a position with Syncrude upon graduating. I worked 29 years in industry the last 13 of that with Edmonton Power/Epcor at Clover Bar generating station and Genesee station. I decided to get way out of my comfort zone and share my expertise with young adults and some of the young at heart that are planning a new career. I returned to NAIT however this time in front of the class in the Instrumentation program and the last 12 years just flew by.
This is how I started my breakdown of Robbs query;
Fascinating… let’s break down Robb Connelly and the oil industry talking points…
*sorry Robb, but I literally heard these points from the Oil Industry over the past year
Robb Connely/NAIT (RC) : How do you connect the dots between pipelines and Canadian per capita CO2 foot print?
*editors note: I messed up a few examples of other contributors to Canadas Green House Gas emissions here, however, I wasn’t that far off – just read the PDF to get the breakdown
– the only thing Pipelines do is ship the CRUDE away, they never, ever, ever put heavily refined oil in long distance pipelines because of how much leaks. The risk is too high to put millions of gallons of refined oil in a mountain system… we ship crude to fossil fuel developers who use inferior methods of refining because it’s cheaper for them… not us. Us shipping crude to American inferior/higher pollution refineries compounds our CO2 footprint – we’re the suppliers to inferior refineries.
– if we refined this oil – we’d have both massive green-oil jobs – only if we bankroll green tech to develop oil. The Keystone XL pipeline only produces 35 permanent jobs (their own statistic)… according to Stockwell Day a refinery can produce thousands of jobs. Also – we can produce for ourselves instead of the dying American Economy… or the Chinese / Saudi economy & the American profiteers who are screwing everyone.
*editors note: during an environmental conference in Vancouver some years ago – I was shown a chart of a study of ‘spin off jobs’ from full-time union jobs in a refinery. The Average wage was between $50 to $70,000.00 / year (American) – which spawned exponential jobs in the service, construction and consumer industries due to middle class paychecks in the area. However… that link no longer exists in the internet world – if anyone can find it… the Union was predicting that 10,000 jobs would create up to 250,000 jobs – some part time, some full time – due to cascading job growth and oil workers spreading the wealth.
However The Dangote refinery is expected to create a minmum of 145,000 indirect jobs on completion. and this is a pretty average refinery.
– Gov’t and industry will not estimate the savings we as Canadians had if we just refined and used our own oil – skipping the American middle man who probably multiplies our consumer costs by… 100 times…? maybe more…. ?
*trigger posting of American funded studies that discount reality.
RC: If you click on the graphic it shows the global trend of CO2 emmissions +2.7% YOY.
– The graphic shows the most important point: we equal the U.S and their C02 footprint…. with only 1/10th the population – that’s a crime against the planet.
RC: We are burning more hydrocarbons every year and every year the global population is increasing just over 1%.
*Note: I failed to correct Robb Connely in one major flaw in his thinking: in Canada, as in other first world countries, the population is declining – we need major immigration just to maintain our population level. If we don’t add immigrants and refugees, there will not be enough working bodies to support the retiring baby-boomers… Robb should be worried – he looks like a Boomer.
However; his point is we’re burning more – and the graph is going up…
– that’s coming to an end, fast. Consumerism as a whole is being rejected by the new generation since we are no longer working at good paying jobs, and we’re supporting FIAT currency debt payments (profiteering banks charging interest in FIAT currency loans). Nine out of Ten profit dollars go straight out of the country now instead of supporting a middle class. Poverty is coming… ending the endless greed for us.
– ‘Consumerism’ is the driving force for all Greenhouse Gas Emissions created by humans, if we didn’t shop so much, we wouldn’t need so much oil – straight out.
– Elsewhere on the planet; we are seeing incredibly massive efforts to divest from fossil fuels is happening and being promoted, with millions of barrels a day being cut down as industrial consumers divest (China is divesting to the tune of 100s of Millions of barrels a day not being needed… and they’re proud of talking about it – as they should be).
– and above all – developing third world nations (their first world populations within third world countries) are demanding green tech… they are switching – they have facebook too, and being connected to everyone talking about change is doing a lot of good… it’s changing things fast. In fact the opportunity to just ‘grow green’ is the greatest in developing third world nations.
– the increase is temporarily related to warfare in addition to industry – with the Pentagon itself being the highest oil consumer on the planet… and now troops are being withdrawn world wide. That’s 2+2 that Trump supporters don’t expect.
*note: I openly speculate about the fact that America withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord specifically because the Pentagon would loose its exempt status.
(…but they sure did complain about the fact it was public hatred of the industry that stopped the real thing… fascinating really. Are they artificially expanding in Canada? We’ll find out in the future.)
RC: It is fact that as nations become more developed they use more energy.
– initial consumer rates will continue to fake rise – due to the addition of using fossil fuels to extract fossil fuels – tar sands extraction. Asian Consumerism is expanding, as consumerism contracts in the West due to extreme poverty. But the First Worlders in Asia are demanding an end to pollution as a whole; a quick note – two years ago China actually stopped development of an industrial park due to local population concerns about pollution… that’s for real… a communist government stopped pollution development even though it was profitable – to suit environmental concerns. That’s bigger than anyone is admitting.
– also, remember, this system doesn’t change over night – as individuals & corporations we’re talking about 32 Million Canadians, and 7 Billion citizens stuck in this economic/oil economy – that’s a big ship to turn around. That’s why seeing Germany and China both divesting aggressively is very heartening… they lead and we pathetically lag behind.
– Nations do not need to use more energy from fossil fuels, and our new developments are changing fast. In Kelowna, BC – as in many parts of Canada – new houses and business buildings must be pre-disposed to off grid upgrades – with channels for rooftop solar panels among other building codes. Spain is committed and builds super solar concentrators for its country… that’s not even starting to talk about the tidal energy producers, or the geothermal expansions… the explosion of sustainability hasn’t been added up yet – but with Renewables cover about 100% of German power use for first time ever… and all of Europe looking at it as a competition rather than an option… well… the writing is on the wall.
– China has also broken the $100.00 battery barrier for electric cars… that just happened – these many contributing factors are being openly ignored by oil-funded economists / analysts because WE don’t even know how far reaching the effects will be. Impressive innovations have just arrived in the past 5 years, some of these just being revealed in the last six months – the Chinese electric bus program produces 9,000 electric buses every five weeks – and there’s more coming – they are talking co-operation in their plans for larger expansions in the sustainable energy market.
– but for this argument; imagine turning a great big ship… slowly to starboard…. in this case we’re trying to turn the Titanic, as a few nay-sayers in the bridge argue we can handle hitting the iceberg.
RC: If we look at a developing nation India 1% of 1.3 billion it becomes obvious where our efforts are best focused.
– our efforts as Canadians should be focused on what WE do… that argument of the other peoples houses being worse is kinda sad… and a fail over all.
– We, per person, use 25 times the earths resources compared to an equal citizen in India. They do not have dollar stores or Popeyes chicken… anywhere… they are not consumers like us – so for every Canadian that divests, we already do 25 times more than ANY citizen in India.
– Let alone what we can do in divesting from fossil fuel production. If we use our brains and start producing green-oil products instead of fossil fuel – 32 Million Canadians can be equal to a BILLION third world country citizens… easily… and lead by example. Remember, if we divest from fossil fuel, we also stop the use of inferior CO2 production methods – we stop the addicts from destroying everything… the Americans.
RC: Canada can play a significant roll in developing technologies that reduce CO2 emmisions that we can share with the world.
– I speculate too – but I made my point up there… a little further up 🙂
– fossil fuel producers are standing firmly in the way of Canada developing any real sustainability – they’re used to treating us like third world bitches… they don’t care how many of us they employ… and they don’t care if the entire population of the planet dies because they want one more paycheck – it’s pathetic.
– it’s so bad that we’re tracking profiteers like the Koch Brothers funding fake institutes to tow the company line, and funding pro-oil ‘activists’… and even our own City Hall councillors funded a fake activist march here in Calgary – pathetic – no credibility in government or industry for trying to lie their way to the next paycheck. You know if you have to fake it to make it, none of it is worth it – ever. The Gov’t/Industry partnership literally figure out ways to stop our natural evolution past their nonsense – cause they’re greedy and screwed in the head.
– have you ever noticed how much the oil industry and gov’t spend on promoting and defending suicidal policies they make up from nothing… policies that just display their greed?
RC: This would allow a more realistic or natural transition away from burning carbon.
– Natural transition – our entire economic / fossil system is not natural. It’s all fake, produced by the stroke of a pen, authored by someone we didn’t vote for, and who isn’t accountable to us. More importantly here; all of us inherited this entire system – we didn’t invent any of it… so why is the industry so defensive? It’s just greed baby… that’s it.
– natural transition is being stopped by the Oil Industry / Government due to greed and short sightedness… if you funded 150,000 sustainable energy jobs in Calgary right now – that would be a natural transition to a realistic economy.
RC: Neo con ? Your call.
Neo-Con yes… the Oil Profiteer bitches who pander to fools and drop to their knees for anyone with a few dollars… not a real Conservative by definition, a NeoCon… like a Neo-Liberal…. a fake. Andrew Scheer – Jason Kenney – guys who spout pro greed / suicidal rhetoric with talking points provided by well financed profiteers.
Not leaders – not even real men… my opinion shared by many.
Thanks for the rebuttal – made a good outline for a script! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Robb Connelly… with all respect as well – thanks for taking the time – your response really helped me refine my stance…
Please feel free to respond – I totally respect input here. I’m working on links for all this – but … I’ve already posted links for most of my points this year… research time!
A final note:
I did thank Robb Connely for his string of comments – and I did take out the time to answer all of them… at which point he told me that my arguments where equal to Trump & fake news (and he blocked me, but not before I could research who I was talking too)… I’m a journalist, ‘fake news?’ – nothing could be further from the truth. Most people when losing an argument start with the insults – and calling a Canadian ‘Trump’ is definitely a low blow… but since Robb is just repeating Oil Industry Nonsense, I’ll take it at face value. Remember, his career revolves around toxic fossil fuels.
However this doesn’t talk about the real point here; these people will kill everyone of us by maintaining a toxic and unsustainable industry just for a paycheck. They don’t care about their kids, our planet or our future – they are just plain sick – and this guy is a teacher at NAIT?
We will need oil in the future – just not in this form for these purposes. We need to divest now – put people to work who will never work in the automated oil industry again… we have to somehow get through to the education system (and those that employ these types of people), we have to stop governments, and above all – each and every one of us has to divest from consumerism.
That’s where ‘Conservatives’ and those loyal to the Oil Industry are so very lost, and display absolutely no self-discipline at all. It’s pathetic; they childishly cling to consumerism and stubborn talking points that fail every time. Loyalty to stupidity will be written in the History Books as the final coffin nail in the industry that could easily revive itself… but the oil industry is addicted to a toxic paycheck… and you can’t convince people to face the truth, when instructors in our Institutes of Technology rely on a lie…
But one thing for sure – I won’t be suggesting anyone attend the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology before they interview and cross-examine every instructor they face… toxic rubs off… and indoctrination like this is just plain creepy and weird.
Darin Howard, editor