Oil industry has too much influence

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To the Editor:

Re: “B.C. saving us from bad oil,” letter by Robert Hall, (WP, April 19).

Kudos to Robert Hall of Saskatoon regarding his letter.

Not since the era of Peter Lougheed has the fossil fuel industry been even slightly controlled.

Ralph Klein and company, particularly Patricia Black, allowed the oil companies carte blanche both economically and environmentally. There is little to distinguish Rachel Notley and crew from this bleak trajectory. They are fighting desperately for their own careers and that appears to be the extent of their vision. When Jason Kenny tweets support you know our world is in trouble.

Norway is on track to ban all diesel passenger vehicles by the early 2020s and expects 80 percent to 90 percent of passenger vehicles to be powered by green energy sources within 10 years.

All this from a major oil producing country.

How can a country enriched by the fossil-fuel industry manage to do this?

1: Norway controlled and managed its resource, unlike Alberta post-Lougheed.

2: Norway and most European countries get it.

We are on the path to oblivion, which has already begun. Just look at the decimation of wildlife.

Alberta and Canada — led by our all-talk-no action but, ultimately, fossil-fuel, industry-friendly prime minister — are marching determinedly backward into the dark ages, all the while chanting, “we can support the oil industry while saving our environment.” This is typical liberal mythologizing.

What’s the point of having “a good job” in the tarsands industry if you are making the planet uninhabitable. And besides, there are jobs in green energy. In fact, more jobs were created last year in the sector than in the fossil-fuel industry despite massive government support for latter.

In conclusion, my knowledge of the subject is meager. The person to turn to is Kevin Taft and his new book, Oil’s Deep Stat: How the Petroleum Industry Undermines Democracy and Stops Action on Global Warming. My guess is that after reading this exhaustively researched work by the former leader of the Alberta Liberal party, the average reader will emerge shaken and unable to view the world and the future in the same way again.

To the Editor:

Stress is not a mental health issue; it is an emotional health issue.

I respect the effort that many people are making in de-stigmatizing and decreasing stress, especially for farmers. But unfortunately the general misperception that stress is a mental-health issue is hampering our ability to really get to the root of the problem: our lack of emotional self-regulation.

Stress in itself is not an emotion but a physiological result of unregulated emotions. Our long-standing negative emotions are the true cause of our chronic stress. It is when we choose to experience and really feel positive emotions, despite the “stressor,” that we can really decrease the stress in our lives.

It is not only farmers that experience a lack of control in their lives; we are all equally susceptible to stress.

“Balance vital for managing stress,” (WP, May 3), indicates that lack of control makes us susceptible to stress. Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl writes in his well-known book, Man’s Search for Meaning, “we have absolutely no control over what happens to us in life but what we have paramount control over is how we respond to those events.”

Stressors are the events in life, the triggers. Our stress comes from our choice of emotional response to the event, and our emotions in turn dictate our thoughts and behaviour.

If a major contributing factor to stress is lack of control, then I think it is time that we learn how take control over the only thing we have control over, our emotions.

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