“We have been educated all our lives to the importance of the oil sands.”
That’s the comment of a resident of a small Alberta town in the context of the Keystone XL pipeline debate. Canadian environmentalists must recognize that these comments are typical of the strongly held views of a majority of the population in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The attitude of these residents has been supported by Conservative Cabinet Ministers who note that GreenHouse Gas emissions from the tar sands are small when compared with the carbon smog generated by the populous developing countries. How easy it is for our Government to point the finger at China and India for their increasing GreenHouse Gas emissions.