In 2018 it was "The Leap Manifesto".
In 2019 it was the "Green New Deal".
In 2020 it's the "Green Recovery".
Rebranded to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, these same failed policies are, once again, being promoted around the world by a huge proliferation of left-wing activist groups and an adoring media.
To be clear, the Green Recovery is nothing but a thin veneer of health-related policy, applied on top of the same old over-simplified socialist, communist, and Marxist policies as before.
If you believe that the world can shut down all non-renewable energy production, spend massive amounts of taxpayer money on renewable energy, and through the use of some magical fairy dust come out the other end richer than we could ever have imagined, then the Leap Manifesto, Green New Deal, and Green Recovery are for you!
In short, the Green Recovery is just yet another complete denial of basic economics, based on the assumption that there are no downsides to government spending, and that a huge increase in debt and taxes will solve all the world's problems.
If you think this is some pie-in-the-sky idea that will go nowhere, you're wrong.
Here in Canada, the threat is very real.
In July, over 235 environmental activist groups signed an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for this Green Recovery.
All the usual suspects are on the list: the David Suzuki Foundation, Environmental Defence, Greenpeace, the Fresh Water Alliance, Climate Action Network Canada, Climate Reality Project, and the Sierra Club, amongst others.
And then there's the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery, the one that Gerald Butts has joined, which was created "to make sure the government didn't take its eye off the ball and invest in the "wrong kinds" of areas for the future, and to continue advancing work the foundation had already begun before the pandemic".
Just one month later, Bill Morneau was out as Finance Minister and his replacement, Chrystia Freeland said, upon her appointment:
"I think all Canadians understand that the restart of our economy needs to be green. It also needs to be equitable. It needs to be inclusive."
Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has joined in too, saying:
"This is our moment to change our future for the better. We can't afford to miss it, because this window of opportunity won't be open for long."
In other words, Ottawa is about to test the "get woke, go broke" theory on an entire country!
For Alberta, this is a true existential risk.
If Ottawa follows through and actually implements this Green Recovery it will mean higher taxes, higher government spending, more regulations, more anti-energy policies, and more restrictions on trade and infrastructure like pipelines.
For Alberta's energy industry, that could be a final death-blow.
To get an idea of just how vapid this all is, consider the other term being thrown around to describe these ideas: "Build Back Better".
Seriously? Come on! Who is suggesting Building Back Worse?
The question isn't whether we should build back Better.
The question is what is better and what is worse!
The World Economic Forum says:
"To Build Back Better We Must Reinvent Capitalism".
But no-one paying attention in recent years can claim that the ever-growing regulation of every aspect of society is anything remotely likely capitalism.
We think that to build back better we must actually try capitalism for once!
At its heart, government intervention in the economy is about redirecting resources and money.
Government rules, regulations, taxes and spending redirect resources and money away from the most efficient and effective areas they would be allocated to in a free-market and towards areas that are less efficient and less effective but are preferred by politicians.
Instead of a Green Recovery, why don't we try a Real Recovery?
Instead of higher taxes, higher government spending, more regulations, more anti-energy policies, and more restrictions on trade and infrastructure like pipelines, how about we try lower taxes, less government spending, fewer regulations, more pro-energy policies, and more free trade and infrastructure like pipelines?
If you agree, please join our campaign for a Real Recovery Not A Green Recovery!