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Alberta – The Next 10-15 Years

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alberta oilNow that the federal election is over¬†and we have our new left leaning government’s in place,¬†Alberta over the next 10-15 years will have a dramatic change in the way we live¬†due¬†to our NDP government and Canada’s¬†new Trudeau Liberal governments¬†eagerness to implement¬†the 2015 UN 2030 Agenda. This document¬†will cover all aspects of¬†our lives.¬†For those of you that haven’t ¬†heard of the Agenda the¬†preamble reads as follows:

Preamble

This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet:

In the UN 2030 Agenda document signed on September 25, 2015, ¬†there are 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets all to be implemented by 2030. In their document they say “The Goals and targets are the result of over two years of intensive public consultation and engagement”. This I highly doubt. Over the last 2 years in Alberta I have never heard any Provincial, municipal or federal government¬†mention it. Throughout¬†the Canadian Election held on Oct. 19, 2015 none of this document was mentioned by any political party. A document that will transform Albertan lives in a very short period of time was ignored.

DECLARATION

Personally I agree with the intention of the UN agenda. It’s obvious that it’s no longer sustainable financially for cities¬†to keep growing outward or for world poverty, youth unemployment, hunger, slavery etc. not to be addressed.¬†¬†The objections I have is the stealth way¬†this program is being¬†implemented with no formal discussion. All this¬†planning has been done without any input from Albertans.¬†In fact, every¬†Albertan I’ve talked to had no idea this UN Agenda 2030 existed. They seemed completely disengaged¬†from the topic.

Well, regardless if you have heard of it or not,¬†Albertan’s are going to live the UN¬†life starting 1 January 2016¬†. Here are¬† few¬†points (quotes)¬†to expect in the next 10 –¬†15 years? I only covered a few out of 59. You can read the whole document yourself at Transforming our world : UN 2030 Agenda .

  • A world in which consumption and production patterns and use of all natural resources from air to land, from rivers, lakes and aquifers to oceans and seas¬† are sustainable. Alberta oil and gas will be effected.
  • Sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth is essential for prosperity. This will only be possible if wealth is shared.
  • Adopting policies which increase productive capacities, productivity and productive employment; financial inclusion; (For Alberta Farming) sustainable agriculture, pastoralist and fisheries development; sustainable industrial development; (For Alberta oil and gas) universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy services; sustainable transport systems; and quality and resilient infrastructure.
  • Changes in the way that our societies produce and consume goods within 10 years – Sustainable Consumption¬†. Albertans deserve a discussion on how we are expected to consume goods (food etc.)
  • ¬†UNFCCC is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change. In other words the COP21 conference in Paris in December , will work out a climate agreement for Albertans.

Since Alberta depends on our natural resources and agriculture for a major part of our income and jobs, we are going to go through a huge change in a very short time with little input on shaping out future. It’s hard to understand why Albertans haven’t been engaged in this important issue.

Sustainable Development Goals

There are 17 sustainable lofty goals to meet in the declaration that the UN is striving¬†to achieve¬†within the next 10-15 years. ¬†There are several questionable goals¬†I’ve¬†already mentioned in my previous blog, but¬†in this blog I¬†just want to mention a few additional goals¬†that will affect Alberta.

  • Goal 10.1 – “By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average“.¬†The Declines in unionization rates, stagnating minimum wage rates, deregulation, and national policies that favour the wealthy are being blamed for rising inequality.¬†Before we start to make it tougher on Alberta business (especially small business –¬†minimum wage etc.) Albertans needs a say. We don’t want to regulate business out of business or out of Alberta.
  • Goal 7.2 By 2030, “increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix”. This is a lofty goal, unfortunately for Alberta¬†it means less oil and gas¬†use. This only give Alberta 15 years to diversify into¬†other sustainable industries. Its going to be difficult for Albert to grow with a declining oil industry.
  • Goal 12c “Rationalize inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption by removing market distortions, in accordance with national circumstances, including by restructuring taxation and phasing out those harmful subsidies, where they exist, to reflect their environmental impacts, taking fully into account the specific needs and conditions of developing countries and minimizing the possible adverse impacts on their development in a manner that protects the poor and the affected communities”. The leaders of the Group of Twenty (G-20) countries agreed in September 2009 to phase-out inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies over the medium term. ¬†The thing is, Alberta without subsidies will¬†give us¬†less exploration, less risky projects (refineries) being built,¬†¬†and with low oil prices oil production could come to a slowdown. Hopefully Alberta¬†treads slowly.

Its going to interesting to see how Alberta¬†weathers¬†the UN issues under Notley and Trudeau. I would like to see more Albertans get involved in their future by asking these government the tough questions. The UN plan affects our big resources –¬†oil, gas and agriculture. Oil and gas isn’t going to end any time soon but the billions of dollars in new oil sands projects that employ thousands of Albertans could be in jeopardy. You will have to plan your future accordingly.

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Written by Ken McGregor

October 20, 2015 at 5:11 pm

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