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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, October 11, 1973 What happened to those peace promises? Conservation or development? The provincial government is propos- ing to give the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board complete control over coal mining activities within the province in order to straighten out the contusion that now exists, with control split among lands and forests, mines and minerals and environment This may be a gooc move ad- mmistiativelv but it is replete with dangers Putting the fox in the henhouse is a phrase that comes to mind If the board were properly named i e the Alberta Energ> Resources Development Board the dangers might be more readi- ly understood In practice the board s purpose is not to conserve but to develop The most immediate danger although not the greatest one, is environmental The environment may be a natural resource but it is not an energy resource and its conservation is not the purpose of the board It is one of nature's ironies that Alber- ta's coal lies m some of the most scenic parts of the province, along the front of the Canadian Rockies This area is going to become a battlefront in years co come, if it is not one already, with environmen- talists on one side and on the other side a government pressed for sources of revenue and industries seeking raw material Japan which is already a major market for Canadian coal, is the most visibly active nation on the world scene today in search for raw materials The Japanese prime minister nas just made a trip through Europe admittedly looking for both markets and materials The Japanese foreign ministry has just an- nounced its intention to station "oil at- taches" in several countries around the world, including Canada, whose purpose will be to gather information on oil and other energy resources To date the search for energy has centred mainly on oil that could be pumped from the ground However, as every Albertan knows by now, there are other sources of oil, including tar sands What every Albertan may not know is that coal is also a source for oil It has been estimated that the world's supply of oil shales coals and lignites could provide 30 times as much oil as the world's conventional oilfields It is in- evitable that production of oil from these sources will increase as conventional oilfields dry up More important than environmental change, however, is the long range danger implicit in what has been pop- ularly called the energy crisis the whole question of increased world-wide consumption of the earth's non- renewable resources The provincial government needs the machinery for taking a iong-range view of the utilization of its resources in a world-wide context and for looking at alternative patterns of consumption and alternative sources of supply This is beyond the capacity of the present board and without such guidelines it will develop Alberta's energy resources un- der the current ethic that to grow is human and to consume, divine Gas economy needed No one, except the oil-rich sheikhs of the Middle East is taking comfort in the gluttonous oil consumption evidenced on the North American continent All the official policies so far are aimed at increasing supplies which clearly will be needed, but North American governments have made no attempt to reduce total demand, or even limit its astronomical growth A conti- nent having more than 100 million automotive vehicles most of them getting merely 12 miles per gallon and carrying only one or two passengers is tolerating dangerously extravagant tran- sportation Edvvm L Dale, economic correspon- dent of The New York Times claims the United States is scandalously wasting gasoline when the supply is short and becoming shorter simply because automobiles are too big too powerful and too thirsty Last year 83 per cent of all new American cars had eight cylinders and travelled only 12 miles or less on a gallon whereas the small minority of cars with four cylinders, could double that mileage If all or near- ly all, cars were limited to four cylinders the saving in oil would be enor- mous The same is roughly true in Canada Mr Dale arguing for some legal limit on the size and fuel consumption of motor vehicles claims that of the 15 million barrels of oil consumed each day in 1972 some 40 per cent was gasoline, the great bulk for automobiles He predicts this will increase to more than 10 million barrels a day in 10 years, unless something is done To meet this demand, the United States would have to spend about billion annually on foreign oil by 1980 compared with 5 billion last year Despite this frightening prediction all the American and Canadian proposals are limited to increasing supplies with no attempt made to reduce total demand or even limit its astronomical rate of growth Limiting automobiles to four cylinders would merely ease the basic problem of a planet which contains an unknown though definitely limited amount of petroleum But the present growth rate of oil consumption cannot be maintained indefinitely and must be restrained by one means or another, either by com- pulsory legal measures or by voluntary saving by consumers The days of relatively cheap fuel will soon be over Tapping new supplies, like the Athabaska tar sands will be costly and new forms of energy inventions are still a decade away In the meantime, as a first step to solving this deepening crisis, some economy in consumption must be utilized Ethnic revival Something nicn has hanpened on the prairies M Dauphin a small community in Manitoba Canada s National I krai- nian Festival was originated Judging from the enthusiastic report and pictures m Weekend Magazine our city officials could learn a lesson It all started with a small budget and a hundred volunteers in in an effort to bring more tourists to Dauphin Each vear the festival giows bigger and better and last theie weie 190 entries lor the amateui talent competition The Heritage of the old country songs dances music painting embroidery etc has been brought back to honor The mood looks like that ot a true country fair without the shrill sounds of the side- show attractions Simple activities such as open-air bread baking painting of caster eggs the display ot beautiful pea sant costumes and dancing appear to make this festival a spontaneous event This is what makes Europe so exciting Young or old one never gets bored there It is not only the histoncal background that is stimulating but every village has its own traditions and entertainment its own kind ot lood and culture to offer If one gets tired ot city life one goes to a illage fair to be regenerated Ethnic revival need not be an empty phrase With so much diversity in our southern region Lethbndge could become an exciting centre tor mam talents Perhaps our city officials would bear this in mind tor next year s Whoop I p Davs and instead of importing the take and glitter ot commercial enter- tainment draw Irom the tesources ot its own people Sometimes only a little is needed to bring together the manv fragmented society and diaw out the heritage passed down and embellish- ed foi many generations THE CASSEROLE A new advertising code adopted by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board will require that children shown in TV adver- tisements be well mannered and show some respect for their parents An excellent idea if only as a way to settle those little wrteches who interrupt whatever their parents are doing from sinking putts to brain surgery to clamor about their dental cherk ups In a number of countries, though not yet in Canada tne term de facto wife' is becom- ing established as a means of referring to an unwed partner In addition to being rather apt, it has a much nicer ring to it than the time-honored 'common-law wife A while back the city of Seattle caused a bit of a stir in the transportation world by abolishing fares on its downtown bus runs to encourage people to leave their cars at home Seattle is not alone in seeing this as a way to cut foul air and congestion m the city centre the government of Australia is considering a similar cancellation of bus fares in all its major cities and with the same jobjectives Doesn t :t seem a bit strange that in 1973 a resolution should be presented to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association with the backing of at least one city two towns and half a villages asking that the Public Health Act be amended so that municipalities can go back to burning their garbage again17 to the1 Canada Ti ado mine il the Japanese are manufacturing lite lifelike plaslic electronic dllv- movement of a live trotting liorsc and cost 410 number ot noises was recently puiehasrcl in for shipment to Japan for iccicMtiondl purposes What do vou suppose ihov good The conflict is either going to be solved on the battlefield or bv an agreement among the major nations and this raises the fundamental question those promises by Nix- on and in Moscow and Nixon and Chou in Peking Thev were all very eloquent and noble then very conscious of the special responsibilities of the so-called "great powers Tne major nations have agreed to the principle that have a special respon- sibility to keep the peace and to work together to prevent others from making war but in the present crisis between Israel and the Arab states, Ihpv have not composed the problem but actually made it worse BERRY'S Letters to the Editor Commends Superstar film It is difficult to romp up with anv thing new 01 original conteinmg Jesus linsi Supcistai and John Doyvlmt; ot (.'oalclalc in his lecent lettei tontiibuted nothing but a lehash ot well arguments 1 am not suie wliethci his piolest is against this pat Uculai movie 01 Ihealie manageis in genet al he is somewhat contusing to (lie least I Uii! to see he so upset about the anoin ting scene It is a widely held belie! those have studied Ihc seiiptmes horn moie onginal that Magdalene w c11 h a v e been a pmstitiite Does this make1 IUM am the less to cany out these ac ts Whom did Jesus come to save those who were lost i sue h as Maiv i 01 the righteous need no i e flier e is nothing obscene 01 even mildly offensive in Jesus I Hiding solace with siu li a woman in his time of dou- ble It is thinking such as tins that contributes to criminals being unable to find jobs when thcv leave pi rsoii They loiever cany then sins beloie them 'lliis him lias much to C III MiCUd It 1 11 its be i ill it u IK p CM 101 men) iiiiisu cliotoogiaphv and spi c lal ellects It has even condescended to subtly fiance the ending to be iiioie acceptable lo the (i itic s who argued that it finished a dvmg In ist not a living one tin ae tots i el in n to I he bus thcv bae k at the (loss on Ihc lonely hillside against the sun Notice that cioss it is empiv the sign that all was not finished 1 hete aie a lot of things wiong with Si'perstai s theology but nevertheless Ihi-. attempt to poihay the lite of Chi 1st in a conlem poiaiv way is a master piec e in its own held s lor the t h e a 11e manageis they have an obligation to bung the films lo the Ihealie Hie onus is on the public to tlec i'le what they should or should not go to fins him was so well reviewed and m advance, that I here can be no possible use lot Mi Dowlmg s imloi lunate lefeience to whoie h ouse ox pci ICIK PS I- hole-most 1973 bv NfA He hdsn t been the same snce he realized he's not getting any better he getting older The Herald I tl iO'7ihS' S I ctl 'i dgr Alljprta ji JGt HERALD CO LID Proprietors and Publishers P shrd 1905 1354 by Hon WA BUCHANAN Second CMiS Mail Ref) slm on No 0012 iber ol The Canad an Press inrl ihu Ciiadian Daily NrwspTpcr shprs Ab'ociat on and the Ajdi Bureiu ol ulal on' f I 1 M RS I rl I H nul Pnol iHf rMC A M r AM ON "II LINfi j'r u i s f TI HI ;