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Comments Effecting Canadian Events – Ken McGregor

Alberta – Think Forward not Separation

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Horse and buggy 1901

Progress moves very swift. In 1900 the horse and buggy was the transportation of the day . Within 13 years the model T was being mass produced bringing the price within the working class budget ending the horse and buggy era for good along with all those businesses supporting it. Those who didn’t heed the new technology were wiped out. It’s time Alberta learn a lesson and start thinking forward .

Norton Greene, a U.S. historian “People lose not from some fault of their own, but because they are in the wrong place in history.”

Investing in pipelines is like the buggy makers in 1905 making plans to expand their manufacturing capacity just as cars were about to take over the transportation industry in 10 years. There were 10,000 buggy makers now there is only a handful. I’ll bet they wished they had geared up for the new transportation revolution. According to Bloomberg, by 2040, 54 percent of all new car sales will be for EVs. Maybe sooner.

Alberta’s obsession with pipelines is blinding Albertans from perusing or even discussing opportunities needed for the future . The billions earmarked for pipelines could be used in Alberta for new industries that could supply jobs and prosperity for decades. Why invest billions into the oil industry when it’s become obvious that the federal government and foreign forces are blocking any attempts to reach a shipping port. Yesterday the US Democrats we’re blocking the Keystone Pipeline,today China is blocking all Canadian meat products over a diplomatic row. Its become obvious China and countries like them are not a stable client for Alberta oil unless we concede to their every whim. I wouldn’t want to bet my future on this type of erratic client.

Approximately 25% of oil productions  is used for transportation. With electric vehicle production gaining steam (just like the gasoline powered car did with the buggy) less gasoline will be needed. It only took 25 years for the main source of ground transportation in early 1900 (HORSE AND BUGGY) to all but disappear. Today we are in the midst of moving from the combustion engine to the electric engine.

The same arguments for not using cars over the horse and buggy are being used today against electric vehicles.

  • Cars won’t work in the snow and cold. Only a horse is reliable.
  • Can only fill your car up in the city. No gas stations.
  • Car is to expensive for the average family.
  • repairs too costly.

Of course all these problems were worked out and by 1928 Ford sold 15 million model T’s. The horse and buggy was history

Again like the model T in its time, an Israeli start-up has claimed an electric plane it is building will revolutionize commuter travel and will be set to test in 2019. There is no question we are in the midst of another industrial revolution.

I think Albertans have to stop playing into Trudeau’s divide and conquer. Let Jason Kenny fight the battle with the federal liberals.  While Kenny does his part Albertans would be wise to think less about about the good old glory days in the past and separation and start a conversation on what can carry Albertans into the future while we still have oil revenue incoming in.

The future is not the horse and buggy.

Written by Ken McGregor

June 26, 2019 at 6:10 pm

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  1. Hi Ken,
    Excellent blog. Thank you

    Karl

    Anonymous

    July 5, 2019 at 4:35 pm


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