The breathtaking inanity of Canadian energy policy can be summed up no better than the statement expressing the shared beliefs of natural resources minister Joe Oliver and all of his provincial counterparts, except Ontario minister Brad Duguid: Alberta’s oil sands are a responsible and sustainable major supplier of energy to the world.
Logically, a sustainable resource is one that is renewable at the rate they are being harvested, or one that is infinite. I’m sure the energy ministers realize that the oil sands are not renewing themselves. I am forced to conclude, therefore, that the future of Canada’s energy policy at a time when climate change is the most important threat facing humanity has been irresponsibly placed in the hands of a group of business-backed morons who are so criminally stupid, so scientifically illiterate, and so incapable of basic elementary logic that they actually believe there is an infinite amount of oil somehow hiding under the northern prairie.
I would be more inclined to forgive them this slip as a mere bit of deceitful but typical political sophistry if not for the fact that everything else about this conference feels wrong. For instance, the press release I linked to claims that a full report from the ministers can be found on the conference website, called Canada as a Global Energy Leader. At least as of afternoon Wednesday, this is simply a lie. I looked. For another, the conference’s website inexplicably contains a tourism section promoting Banff and Fort McMurray. And finally, and most importantly, this “ministerial conference” was bought and paid for by the oil industry via the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the event’s “gold sponsor.”Tweet