25 February 2009

Tag-Team Tars Canada's Image Further

If the Alberta tar sands aren't bad enough we have the tag duo of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and "Environment" Minister Jim Prentice further tarring Canada's reputation with their flawed logic.

Ignatieff: "National Geographic is not going to teach me any lessons about the oilsands.... This is a huge industry. It employs Canadians from coast to coast. We have oil reserves that are going to last for the whole of the 21st century. We are where we are. We've got to clean it up, and we've got make it a sustainable place to work and live."

Rather than questioning the social and environmental value, and so ultimately the economic value, of this dirty industry and applying forward-thinking to exploring new, innovative industries which could also "employ Canadians from coast to coast," we have business as usual.

Meanwhile, Prentice blew off the National Geographic feature as "just one article," and declared the tar sands a "strategic asset" for Canada.

Apparently, "strategic" refers only to immediate, short-term gain. Clearly, our leaders have learned nothing about the severe consequences which can follow from such paucity of vision.

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