Published: Oilfield Pulse
By: Kevin Turko CEO Oilfield Hub Inc
WEIGHT LOSS DEFINITION:
A Fad Diet is a stylish diet that promises quick weight loss through what is usually an unhealthy and unbalanced diet. Fad diets are targeted at people who want to lose weight quickly without exercise. Some fad diets claim they make you lose fat, but it's really water weight you're losing.
OIL & GAS DEFINITION:
A Carbon Tax Diet is a dangerous diet of government spin that promises climate leadership through what is usually an unwarranted and unsustainable cash grab. Carbon tax diets are conceived by governments who want to redistribute wealth quickly without accountability. Some carbon tax diets claim that they make you lower your carbon emissions, but it's really personal wealth you're losing.
Bottom-line, fad diets and carbon taxes just don't work! They might make us feel more planet friendly for short-term political gains, but taxpayers return to their normal consumption habits after they've lost a few dollars out of their pockets or have become bored with the whole eco-activist climate change agenda. Carbon taxes usually require you to avoid several fossil fuels, and often that includes fossil fuels that are necessities to sustain both your annual income and preferred lifestyle.
If you've ever expressed the least bit of skepticism about environmentalist calls for making the vast majority of fossil fuel use illegal, you've probably heard the instantaneous smug response: "97% of climate scientists agree with climate change" - which always carries the implication: Who are you to challenge them? You're automatically labelled a climate change denier! Just like fad diets, 95% of people who lose weight by dieting will gain it all back in one to five years. Since carbon taxes, by definition, are supposed to be temporary plans, they won't work in the long run. Moreover, just like dieting, the deprivation of restrictive diets usually leads to overeating and binging cycles. So too will carbon taxes! We are taxing our people into energy poverty just to dole out billions of dollars to green energy schemes and like-minded environmental and politically aligned groups and businesses.
The weight loss industry is estimated to be worth $60 billion dollars a year. It seems our provincial and federal governments have taken more than a few pages from their playbook. The Climate Change Industry is now estimated to be at $1.5 trillion dollars a year or $4 billion dollars as day. Who said it's about reducing GHG emissions? It's all about the money! Kudos to Premier Brad Wall and the people of Saskatchewan. Resist the political pressure and climate change lobbyists and debunk the rest of the country's carbon tax fad diets.
Have you ever heard someone mention, "They say butter isn't good for you"? Now "They say eat butter because margarine isn't good for you". Who knows for sure? By the way, just who are 'They' anyhow? What is supposedly good for us today, gets debunked by more scientific research tomorrow. 'They' say we must put a price on carbon, so Alberta's Climate Leadership means we're leading today so we don't follow tomorrow. So, when will this get debunked? Not by a new provincial government, but by more scientific research, innovative carbon capture technologies, and the effective extraction and environmentally-friendly use of fossil fuels around the world.
The diet industry is chock full of past scientific research which has led to all sorts of fad diets. Perhaps you have heard of The Grapefruit Diet, The Raw Food Diet, The Volumetrics Diet, The Macrobiotic Diet, The Alkaline Diet, The Blood Type Diet, The Werewolf Diet, Cookie Diets, The Five-Bite Diet, the Master Cleanse/Lemonade Diet, The Baby Food Diet, The Cabbage Soup Diet, The Sleeping Beauty Diet, The HGC Diet, The Tapeworm Diet, The Cotton Ball Diet, etc.
How about more well known programs like The South Beach Diet, The Mediterranean Diet, The Zone Diet, The Atkins Diet, The Paleo Diet, and not to be outdone, Weight Watchers, NutriSystem and Jenny Craig.
The diet industry is all about the money too! They have hit the weight loss problem from every money-making angle imaginable. Yet our political leaders and environmentalist would have us all believe that carbon taxes is the one and only long term climate change myth to stop global warming from killing our planet. What happened to more scientific research and new innovative technologies?
HERE ARE A FEW MAINSTREAM NUTRITION MYTHS THAT HAVE BEEN DEBUNKED BY MORE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH:
Myth 1: the healthiest diet is a low fat, high carb diet, with lots of grains
Myth 2: salt should be restricted, to lower blood pressure and reduce heart attacks and strokes
Myth 3: it is best to eat many, small meals throughout the day to "stoke the metabolic flame"
Myth 4: eating red meats raises the risk of diseases like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer
Myth 5: eating fat makes you fat... so if you want to lose weight, you need to stop eating fat
Myth 6: low fat foods are healthy because they are lower in calories and saturated fat
Myth 7: losing weight is all about willpower, eating less, and exercising more
Perhaps if common sense, as well as good and real science prevails, in a few years' time we will look back at the following small sampling of climate change initiatives and throw some, or all, of them into the myth column as well!
Myth 1: The Alberta Climate Leadership Plan
Myth 2: The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change
Myth 3: The COP 21 Paris Climate Change Agreement
Myth 4: The Leap Manifesto
Myth 5: City of Vancouver Climate Change Adoption Strategy
Myth 6: Al Gore's - An Inconvenient Truth
Myth 7: United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change (COP24 and beyond!)
The best weight loss advice I ever received
.........It's not about what you eat, it's all about how much eat and drink!
As for carbon taxes
.........It's not about what gases you emit, it's all about how much more money you will pay!
I say we all quit the Carbon Tax Diet. It's just another passing fad!