Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Alberta's "energy war room" officially launches (with a half-assed blog and ratio'd video)

It's finally here! The great $30 million per year energy war room who's name has been politically corrected to the "Canadian Energy Centre" (because all the best propaganda masquerades as something it's not).

They've debuted with a fancy video in which "it just is" features as some sort of argument in the feel good word salad it turned into. It's replete with everything from healthy babies to world joy. At the time of this writing it has 6,289 views, 2.2K dislikes, and 74 likes. I'm guessing the majority of the 74 are the UCP caucus and their staffers much as they all dutifully like and retweet every Canadian Energy Centre tweet. Comments are disabled on the video, of course, as the content can only exist unchallenged in a vacuum much like the "foreign funded environmentalist" theory it was founded upon.

Browsing over to the "Canadian Energy Centre's" shitty website we can find some amazing "stories" that really tell the "truth" about Canadian Energy, like "Alberta father irked by charity group that targets fossil fuel industry". Now there's a headline that is going to move hearts and minds around the world, it effectively dismisses climate change and sits right beside other articles on the site such as "Fighting climate change with Canadian energy". Do they, or don't they believe in climate change? I guess it depends which article you're reading. Which "oil industry truth" do you choose?

The site comes with giant headlines, giant pictures, and giant text, to make up for it's lack of content. It's a tactic that the "Sun" series of papers along with Rebel Media, and other media geared towards "conservative" audiences use. It's the equivalent of seemingly saying a lot without saying anything at all. Few of the statements on the site are sourced. It's not even *good* propaganda.

So congrats Albertans, you're committed now, the war room is aiming to become the face of Alberta's industry and future, and it's a joke. You think investment looks bad now? Just wait.

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Richard Fantin is a self-taught software developer who has mostly throughout his career focused on financial applications and high frequency trading. He currently works for CenturyLink

Nazayh Zanidean is a Project Coordinator for a mid-sized construction contractor in Calgary, Alberta. He enjoys writing as a hobby on topics that include foreign policy, international human rights, security and systemic media bias.


  1. So glad to see these posts -- I have been wondering what is going on in our sister province (I'm from Saskatchewan) so it is worthwhile to read your comments here.

    1. Lots more to come! I enjoy your blog as well btw :)