Yellow vest protesters are expressing the opinions of many Albertans

I disagree with Greg Neiman’s letter of Jan. 5.

First, we are not in France, we are in Red Deer, Alberta. Our oil workers are not violent by nature or in any other way. They are hard-working people, who with their industry, make our world as we know it turn.

The carbon tax is a complete joke. We live in a northern climate; natural gas is piped to nearly every home, business and hospital.

To tax it, is taxing an essential service. To me, that should be illegal. We should all protest that tax.

As an example, my natural gas bill for December was $20.20 of actual gas, $79.51 for administration and delivery, etc. The carbon tax was $18.50, almost as much as the gas, and to top all of that, the federal government charges GST, including on the carbon tax.

Protesting is one of the few ways that the general population has to vent their views, as we all know political correctness has all but stifled free speech.

I agree that climate change is real. If you want people to change, then you have to find an energy source that will compete with oil, or be more affordable than oil, not by making oil more expensive.

An affordable energy source to fuel our country is not anywhere close. Until our government can invest in industry to find that affordable energy, then let’s get that pipeline in the ground, and generate money for the people and the government to find that affordable energy, not ram it down our throats at any cost.

So, Mr. Neiman, let’s be proud of our oil workers who wear the yellow vests. They are voicing the opinion of many.

Paul Duval, Red Deer

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