Energy debate isn’t about Alberta versus the Universe

Re: “Inquiry into oilpatch foes is needed,” David Marsden, Opinion, July 9.

It would be helpful to the discussion were David Marsden to do at least a slight bit of research before parroting the UCP line that the Alberta oilsands are being uniquely targeted by a conspiracy of American environmentalists and American billionaires out to stop pipelines being built to get Canadian oil to market.

It took me about five minutes on Google to come up with articles reporting on the court cases in West Virginia and Virginia and the injunctions stopping pipeline construction from the heavily fracked Marcella and Utica fields in Pennsylvania and Ohio to the major markets in the American Northeast, as well as reports on the state of New York’s moves to block pipelines from the Midwest into New England.

Another couple of minutes, and I came up with California legislation designed to place stricter controls on pipelines in that state.

The premier of this province and the conspiracy theorists peddling the narrative that this is a case of Alberta versus the Universe obviously have their own reasons for the way they’ve been framing this story.

There are fewer votes and a lot less money to be made if this can’t be sold as a case of virtuous Albertans against the globalist conspiracy, but that just ain’t the way this story breaks.

Ken Sears, Lethbridge

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