NICHOLS: we don’t know which way to truck when behind the wheel

If it is not making sense, think it through again.

If it has to do with the economy and the way we finance the bread on our tables and the gas in our tanks, it won’t be making much sense even after thinking it through again. So what’s the point of stressing our fragile neurons, dendrites, and sundry other components of our marvelous nervous systems.

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As a horseman, my dad’s motto was “Never say ‘Whoa’ in a bad spot.” Well, we’re in a bad spot now nationally, provincially, and in our beautiful home territories. This is not the time to say “Whoa” – and my dad would agree. It’s time to keep on goin,’ truckin,’ or whatever else it is that motivates us to get out of bed – or to turn it off and go to bed so we’ll have the energy to get up in the morning in time for work, play, or ordinary, habitual indecision.

This is the problem: The environment that we have created has become so complex, interconnected, inbred, and unfathomable that we don’t know which way to truck when we get behind the wheel.

While one group is protesting the lack of pipeline capacity to move Alberta Light to markets, another vociferous group is demonstrating against the very idea of an oil pipeline to anywhere.

All the while we, the producers, those who are on the brink of the grave, and the so called protectors of the environment – all of us in this wide land – are busily consuming the crude as fast as it can be turned into a consumable product.

And those products are many with gasoline perhaps being the most noticeable. But you’ll find the rest of it in such products as windmill blades (tons of it in each), toy cars, clothing, your computer mouse, handles for kitchen blades, the ubiquitous cell phone, and – I give up. There are too many products in every-day use that are sourced in crude to even start naming them.

 In the meantime, while we imported five million metric tons of Saudi crude to the east coast and a total of 30 million metric tons of crude to Canada in 2017, the price of Alberta Light now is discounted to the point of potential layoffs of thousands of workers because Alberta access to that Canadian market has been restricted or denied.

Let’s get our minds off the big “internationals” and recognize that every job lost means a family thrown into crisis. Every family in crisis means plans, dreams, aspirations put on hold or, sadly, perhaps forever denied. The spinoff from each lost job is enormous. The effect on the Canadian economy will be huge.

 We know how to transport Alberta crude safely and economically. So far, we have not demonstrated the political will to do it. Where does that will reside? Apparently not with the governments now in power.

Oh, by the way, an ancient wisdom teaches that we must “be diligent to know the state of [our business] ... for riches are not forever, nor does [political office] endure to all generations.”

Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Horgan, maybe you should pay closer attention to the sources of your revenues.

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