Thanks for your response, Gary – but respectfully, criticism of Trudeau is not a vote for Scheer.
And as a cartoonist I don’t just reach for the easy gag – I also have to believe it.
Back when they first started pulling bitumen out of the tar sands it made sense economically – oil was at an all-time premium and the world ran on it. Most of us weren’t aware how much damage we were doing to the environment. Now, we’re way past the point of compromise. If the world’s still inhabitable 10, 20 years from now, it’ll be because politicians and their constituents made hard decisions to stand firmly on the side of clean energy. There’s no more time.
Canada needs to cut its losses with the idiotic purchase of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, shut down the tar sands and invest in the new nuclear and other clean energy sources. If Earth is going to remain our habitat, we’ll all have to learn to live without some of the money we thought we needed.
Obviously there’ll be a cross-over period where both oil and other energy sources are used. But as the world moves away from fossil fuels, the need for extraction, upgrading, and processing of bitumen from the oil sands is past. The greenhouse gas emissions for oil sand extraction and processing are significantly larger than for conventional crude oil.
Then it has to get to market. Moving this diluted bitumen across half of Canada, through the Rockies, building terminals and loading it onto massive tankers along the currently pristine coastline of BC is guaranteed to produce oil spills. The cost of doing business?
Not to even mention Canada’s environmental responsibility for the burning of the final product in any country.
Declaring a Climate Emergency one day and green-lighting pipelines the next is not compromise – it’s schizophrenic.
On Jun 21, 2019, at 1:48 PM, Gary LeDrew <comgar> wrote:
actually, this is a smart move. Nothing is ever going to happen without compromise. We need to work on climate change and we need oil.
this uses the government pipeline and brings profit to pay for change and also a step to Canada getting control of the energy sector.
Knocking Trudeau is good for cartoonists but terrible for Canada. If Scheer madness gets in we are doomed for sure.
Love ya but respectfully disagree.
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On Fri, Jun 21, 2019 at 1:38 PM Wendy Brown <studiowbrown> wrote: