Tuesday, February 8, 2011

How Alberta's $16-billion Electricity Scandal Plugs into the Oil Sands

By Andrew Nikiforuk, Today, TheTyee.ca.
Two years ago, Alberta's Transportation Minister Luke Ouellette described Joe Anglin, a former U.S. Marine and telephone transmission engineer, as "dangerous individual and a trouble maker." At a conference of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, Ouellette also wondered aloud "why someone hadn't dealt with [Anglin]. "It was a remarkable declaration and one for which neither Ouellette nor the Progressive Conservative Party has ever apologized. But it's not hard to understand why a government ruled by one party for 40 years and now beset by political scandal deeply fears the political crusader. Over the last six years the 55-year-old father of two has arguably become the most persistent and informed critic of the government's controversial plans to build $16.5 billion worth of transmission lines and all largely for U.S. export.
"It's all driven by the oil sands and the failure of electricity deregulation," adds Anglin. "I don't think Alberta's politicians are bad or evil but they are incompetent and dumber than you're average monkey. I can't tell you how many times I've caught them lying."
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