Breakenridge: Extending the Allan inquiry into oil and gas critics only drags out discredited exercise

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Moreover, it’s basically conceding the ground to these environmental groups. The whole underlying theory behind this inquiry is that there were ulterior motives to these anti-Alberta energy campaigns. It seems like we’ve now shifted to “Oh, you say you’re concerned about climate change? Well, let’s just see if there’s anything to be concerned about.” It’s embarrassing, honestly.

We’re told that the inquiry “does not intend to make any findings of fact respecting climate science,” which is a relief, I suppose. But why go there in the first place?

Ultimately, what do we really think this whole exercise is going to accomplish, anyway? This all seems so completely detached from the realities of the issues affecting the industry at the moment, and the stench of this absurd enterprise is probably damaging the industry even further

Look, of course, there have been groups that have said exaggerated and even outrageous things about the oil and gas industry. Should we also hold a public inquiry into the ridiculous arguments about the meat industry by animal rights group PETA? Either way, I doubt that playing the victim is going to impress anyone, especially when it involves multi-billion-dollar companies.

At this point, I’m not sure what would be worse: scrapping the inquiry and admitting the failure or letting this ignominy drag on even longer.

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