A great piece by Lorrie Goldstein defending the oilsands and bashing pseudo chretien.
Drop the oilsands guilt trip: Goldstein
Canada's not evil for its energy production, it's resourceful - just like the U.S.
By LORRIE GOLDSTEIN, TORONTO SUN
It’s time to wean ourselves off a persistent and stupid idea regarding global warming.
That is the ridiculous argument constantly made by environmentalists at home and abroad that, here in Canada, we are living in a state of original sin because of our development of the oilsands and failure to implement the Kyoto accord.
Guilt-tripping Alberta specifically, and Canada generally, over the oilsands is absurd.
Every nation on Earth develops, uses, and if it’s lucky, exports the energy resources most readily available to it.
Geography is not morality.
Canada is developing the oilsands for the same reason the U.S. — the “Saudi Arabia of coal” according to Barack Obama — relies on the dirtiest of the fossil fuels to generate half its electricity.
Why? Because it has huge coal reserves.
By contrast, half of our electricity is generated by cleaner hydro power, which we have developed not because we are morally superior to the Americans, but because we have the necessary water resources.
U.S. politicians who come here to cross-examine us about the oilsands — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi being the latest — or who attack its so-called “dirty oil” from the U.S., are hypocrites.
Let them worry, instead, about the greenhouse gas emissions caused by coal-powered electricity generation in the U.S. — 50 to 70 times greater than those generated by the oilsands.