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LNG akin to political LSD in B.C.

By Bill Tieleman, News, Views, and Attitude – 24 hours

B.C. Premier Christy Clark at a press conference in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

B.C. Premier Christy Clark at a press conference in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)


Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes / And she's gone / Lucy in the sky with diamonds — The Beatles

How did LNG become the political equivalent of LSD in British Columbia?

Today’s provincial budget will mostly be about what a high time B.C. is going to have with Liquefied Natural Gas solving all our problems, from debt to jobs.

But like LSD, or lysergic acid – the drug made popular in the hippie 1960s – LNG is not all groovy.

It can be a thrill – or lead to a bad trip.

And there are already signs that LNG – like LSD – can cause damaging side effects.

Website Drugs.com says of LSD: “If taken in large enough doses, the drug produces delusions and visual hallucinations.”

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is clearly suffering LNG-induced delusions because she excitedly told a business audience on Dec. 10 that:

“We have a chance to pay off our debt, a chance to create 100,000 new jobs, a chance to transform the face of our province.”

Not so fast, premier. David Hughes spent 30 years with the Geological Survey of Canada and he thinks you’re hallucinating.

“The LNG export plans of the B.C. government are unlikely to be realized at the scale envisioned and must be seriously questioned,” Hughes wrote for environmental magazine Watershed Sentinel.

“Arm-waving assertions by B.C. politicians of more than 950 tcf [trillion cubic feet] of recoverable resources are misleading,” the geologist concluded, spoiling Clark’s high.

Canada West Foundation also urges caution. Its ominously titled report Managing Expectations warns “B.C. is coming late to the party” and faces serious competition, while “China has lower cost or more strategic alternatives to LNG.”

But LNG is like a political acid trip and “under the influence of LSD, the ability to make sensible judgments and see common dangers is impaired.”

LNG is a great asset but it’s not sensible for Clark to make such incredulous claims it will eliminate B.C.’s $56-billion-and-growing provincial debt or create 100,000 jobs.

“When I was growing up in Burnaby, shows like The Jetsons showed a fantastic vision of the future: two-day work weeks, robot servants, and flying cars,” Clark wrote last month about LNG.

Unfortunately, an LNG industry that solves all of this province’s problems in a few short years is just like The Jetsons – imaginary.


Bill Tieleman is a former NDP strategist. Read more at billtieleman.blogspot.com Email: weststar@telus.net Twitter: @BillTieleman 


Do you think LNG creating 100,000 jobs and paying off B.C.’s debt is a hallucination like an LSD trip?

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