NDP leader pledges more upgrading, refining in Alberta


tay
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NDP Leader Rachel Notley pledged Friday that an NDP government will upgrade and refine more bitumen in Alberta.


Standing in front of Edmonton’s east-end upgraders, Notley said she will establish a royalty regime that rewards companies for adding value to provincial resources at home.


“I believe there is a better way to build Alberta’s economy, to put refineries like these at the heart of our future growth and prosperity,” Notley said. “Jim Prentice says that it can’t be done, but I say that’s because he doesn’t have the right priorities.


“With the right priorities, we can build value-added capacity right here.”


The goal, she said, is to establish “long-term, sustainable, mortgage-paying jobs” in Alberta.


“It’s profitable to ship 18,000 jobs down to Texas because that’s the environment this government has created,” Notley said. “As premier, I will work with our partners in industry to add value, to create more jobs in Alberta.”


Four out of five Albertans believe government should take steps to increase the amount of upgrading and refining done in the province, and 73 per cent say companies should pay higher royalties when they export raw bitumen, according to a 2012 ThinkHQ poll.


A royalty review commissioned by the Alberta government in 2007 concluded “Albertans do not receive their fair share from energy development.” The review recommended, in part, that Alberta introduce an “upgrader royalty credit” to encourage the construction of additional upgrading capacity in the province.


Notley said Tories stopped talking about it because of the 2008 recession and the electoral threat from the Wildrose, which received much of its early funding from oil companies angered by the royalty review.


“We had eight or nine upgraders planned for the industrial heartland a mere seven years ago, and then they stopped because of the slowdown in 2009, and there were a number of economic arguments for going elsewhere,” Notley said. “But to be clear, those arguments were never that it wasn’t profitable to do it here, it’s that it was more profitable to do it somewhere else.


Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Prentice did not comment on the NDP announcement.


Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said he has been lobbying for more than a decade to see Alberta add value at home.


“Yes to more upgrading and refining,” he said. “But we can’t have cronyism and we can’t have corporate welfare.


“We do not believe the private sector should be given handouts. They should be given an environment in which they can be competitive.”




NDP leader pledges more upgrading, refining in Alberta
 
petros
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Good luck!
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Good luck!






Hell of a good idea. More value added exports rather than raw material exports.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryh View Post

Hell of a good idea. More value added exports rather than raw material exports.

Yup but capacity already exists in SK for upgrading and refining isn't at capacity in either AB or SK. Without gateway and XL it's pointless for now. Even with energy east Regina's two upgraders and Lloydminster won't be running full tilt.

She needs to push for pipe.
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Yup but capacity already exists in SK for upgrading and refining isn't at capacity in either AB or SK. Without gateway and XL it's pointless for now. Even with energy east Regina's two upgraders and Lloydminster won't be running full tilt.

She needs to push for pipe.




Then we stop importing.
 
darkbeaver
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Remember the present glut of oil in the market, Mr Notley is making a funny.
 
petros
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Energy east. No more Orinoco tar sands being imported into Canada. 2nd largest watershed on the planet and yet nobody bitches about Venezuelan tar sands being gobbled up by Eastern Canada. We can fill our needs and eliminate the US importing from Wahhabi Saudi savages. 32% of US oil is imported from Arabs.

We need pipes.


http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orinoco_Belt


Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

Remember the present glut of oil in the market, Mr Notley is making a funny.

The fake glut?
Last edited by petros; Apr 12th, 2015 at 08:10 PM..
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Energy east. No more Orinoco tar sands being imported into Canada. 2nd largest watershed on the planet and yet nobody bitches about Venezuelan tar sands being gobbled up by Eastern Canada. We can fill our needs and eliminate the US importing from Wahhabi Saudi savages. 32% of US oil is imported from Arabs.

We need pipes.


Orinoco Belt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




The fake glut?

Is it?
 
petros
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Yuuuuuup.
 
taxslave
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Must be a different gene pool of dippers in Alberta than BC if they are pushing for refineries. Here the dippers want to abandon all fossil fuel and bask in the golden glow of moonbeams while riding on taxpayer subsidized transit.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Must be a different gene pool of dippers in Alberta than BC if they are pushing for refineries. Here the dippers want to abandon all fossil fuel and bask in the golden glow of moonbeams while riding on taxpayer subsidized transit.

Correction...."riding taxpayer subsidize private owned transit".
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Correction...."riding taxpayer subsidize private owned transit".

Our transit is publicly owned.
 
Zipperfish
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Must be a different gene pool of dippers in Alberta than BC if they are pushing for refineries. Here the dippers want to abandon all fossil fuel and bask in the golden glow of moonbeams while riding on taxpayer subsidized transit.

Sunbeams, actually. But other than that, pretty close.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Must be a different gene pool of dippers in Alberta than BC if they are pushing for refineries. Here the dippers want to abandon all fossil fuel and bask in the golden glow of moonbeams while riding on taxpayer subsidized transit.

Why shouldn't the taxpayers subsidize public transit? They subsidize private transportation.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Our transit is publicly owned.

Who owns TransLink?
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Who owns TransLink?

Governments. Mostly the GVA cities with help from the long suffering provincial taxpayer who drives.
 

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