The environmental debate these days can be a frustrating thing. I for the most part side with environmentalists, and think that the perfect city is one in which you can walk or bike anywhere worth going and shop at the farmers market. I was in D.C. during the rally against Keystone but just couldn’t motivate myself to go. Not because I think Keystone is a good idea, but because I hate the way a lot of talk about Keystone and the oil sands.
Today I stumbled upon a quote about minister of natural resource Joe Oliver that I think makes a very good point:
This is not to say that the oil sands are fantastic just that it is a little ridiculous when people are incredulous about the oil sands but not coal powered plants or any of the things that contribute to the other 999/1000 of emissions. Call it what it is and then maybe you can have a real conversation. Besides that is only if you develop the entire oil sands, which to everyone’s surprise have been in production since the ’70s.
Or as Kelly McParland put it after the Arkansas spill:
There has got to be a better way to talk about these issues. We should be realistic, and honest. We should avoid calling other do-do heads. Then maybe we will be able to start having a hard look at our society, the energy we rely on and what changes need to be made.