Why are U.S. and other Western environmental groups targeting Canada’s Alberta oil sands, and the Northern Gateway Enbridge pipeline project, claiming the oil sands are a major global emitter of CO2, when that simply is not true? They do it because they can. They do it because it is a sure way to grow their donations. They do it because Canada is a free country. And, lastly, they do it because Canada is a Western democracy.
Yet, compare. In 2008, China’s CO2 emissions were at 23.33%, India’s at 5.78%, Canada’s at 1.80% and Iran’s at 1.79%. Note that Iran, who is a huge oil producing nation, was just a single point below Canada? So, why do the environmentalists not go after Iran with as much vigor as they do Canada? Because Iran is a dictatorship and wouldn’t allow it, that’s why! I mean, in Canada, you can’t even call an environmentalist a radical without it being considered politically incorrect.
So why the tunnel vision and hypocrisy? Does it matter, even to “Green” politicians like Canadian MP, Elizabeth May, that:
- The oil producers are working hard to manage the oil sands environment — reclaiming areas into ecologically sound green spaces once mining is finished?
- The oil sands are the economic engine that is driving Canada’s current growth and economic recovery?
- The Province of Alberta contributes far more than any other “have” province towards the federal equalization program — a program that provides for universal social programs like education and health care?
- The Northern Gateway pipeline would be as safe as any other pipeline in existence and would provide countries in Asia with the fossil fuels they need to thrive?
No, it doesn’t seem to matter at all because the environmentalists are closed to any discussion that global warming, assuming our planet actually is going through a warming cycle, may not be because of any human activity. I am, at least, willing to say I don’t know.
In any event, pay attention Canada to such tunnel vision and hypocrisy by reading this expose in today’s Financial Post by Claudia Cattaneo. It is, as my blogging colleague says at Blue Like You, up to us to protect our jobs and our economy.