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Letter: Premier Clark telling tall tales, Terrace Standard, June 18, 2016:

clark…the premier and the man that went into a bar? You can find it in an article in the June 8 issue of The Terrace Standard. The premier was speaking to a man who was unclear as to whether he was against tar sands or natural gas lines or both.

…Fortunately, years of TV and newspaper ads, glossy brochures, town hall meetings and free lunches has improved our IQ so that she thinks the phantom LNG projects will work for one more election.

There are a lot of numbers in the June 8 article and it is hard to determine if the premier is handling the truth carelessly, guessing or pulling numbers out of thin air. According to Ms. Clark, LNG producers have already spent $20 billion without having made a decision to build and having no buyers for the gas – $20 billion can buy a lot of lunches.

If this was real money imagine what could be done investing in green technology – creating meaningful, well-paid jobs, and having clean air.

…This premier unfortunately has all her eggs in one LNG basket, promising 100,000 jobs and billions of dollars by neglecting all other more viable prospects than the fantasy natural gas projects that likely will not happen.

A few job market numbers that she forgot to mention – oil patch and gas employees make up 1 per cent of B.C.’s workforce, forestry 4 per cent, construction 36 per cent, high tech 17 per cent, agriculture 4 per cent and retail 36 per cent. Oil and gas corporations’ tax credit in 2015 topped $1 billion…

John Jensen,

Terrace, B.C.

Categories: LNG

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