Oil Sands: Canada's 10 Ethical Challenges
Canada has joined the ranks of exporting oil nations and now supplies more petroleum to the United States than Mexico or Saudi Arabia.Full Story
#1 Oct 15, 2011
How many is on the Political Teat pushing this prescription for death?
By Dwight Baker
No oil exporting nation, whether Christian or Muslim, is immune from the corrosive influence of oil money and its dirty politics. Yet Canada has anointed bitumen as the nation's new "economic engine" without setting clear public policy goals or assessing the economic risks. The exploitation of bitumen has also proceeded without a national vision or even an energy strategy.
Many that think they have enough information to make a good call for us all may be on a Politcal Teat for selfish reasons. Its seems that way today. Truth justice and honor is only words that are bated around as the tone and tenor from those holding the bully pulpits used to bring on cheers.
#2 Oct 15, 2011
I think we should have a more conservative Norway-esque system, whereby the government collects and holds at least some of the oil wealth over a period as a safety fund (Norway holds 200% of its GDP in an oil pension fund). Oil won't last as long as some think it will, it will be replaced with superior energy sources within our lifetimes. Nano-manufactured solar technology has been produced with 90%+ efficiency already, simply lacking mass manufacturing techniques and economies of scale. When this happens it will be a catastrophe for Alberta and we have absolutely NO plan in place to deal with it. This, I think, it the most unfortunate aspect of our energy policy.
In terms of eco-terrorist-compromising ("environmental") policy, we are light years ahead of other major resource exporters and it is disgusting to see envirofascists taking aim at Canada for the oil sands. Anyone who's ever worked there knows companies and the government put tireless (and expensive) effort in to land reclamation and pollution control. We have been far more than generous and the time has come to stop tolerating the green third column. They are a near-criminal internal threat.
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