"...the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so." - Ronald Reagan October 27, 1964
The above comment famously spoken by the Gipper all those years ago could easily be expanded to include this generation's environmentalists, especially when it comes to the topic of Alberta's oil sands.
Common sense tells us that we are not going to wake up tomorrow morning and, in some magical way, lose our dependency on oil. To the chagrin of the granola-crunching masses, the watercar is eons away; granola-powered flight may never happen.
Using large birds instead of gas-guzzling 747's to travel the globe is out - PETA would see to that.
The indisputable truth is that we, today and for the foreseeable future, must use oil. Our lives depend on it.
Therefore, the question that the softheads in the green movement must face is, whose oil do we use?
And that brings us to the knowing-so-much-that-isn't-so part. The vilification of Alberta's 'dirty oil' continues, with the latest being yet another anti-oil sands film.
(Albertans are enraged that our own self-described 'conservative' provincial government actually helped to fund the film. Luckily, it features Neve Campbell, which all but guarantees a minuscule audience.)
Companies like Bed, Bath, & Beyond, eager to give the impression that they actually 'care' about the environment, announce boycotts of our oil sands yet don't seem to have a problem taking that same oil-money at their cash registers from Albertan consumers.
The enviroNazis don't bother with the truth - that just gets in the way of feel-good P.R. spin. The truth being, of course, that less than one-tenth of one percent of global emissions are a result of the oil sands.
The worst of the worst are some Albertans themselves. They reap the benefits that come from living in an petroleum-based economy, from their income to their lifestyle, yet condemn the very source of their good fortune by falling for the misinformation and hype hook, line, and sinker.
Biting the hand that feeds 101.
So then, what is the alternative? Oil is going to be used - that is a given. If not from our oil sands, then from where?
The answer is the Middle East. The alternative to Alberta's black gold is crude from such environmentally responsible nations as Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc.
Nations that have low or no human rights. Nations which are terrorist or sponsor terrorism. Nations where women are thought of at the same level as any other household possession.
The choice for enviroNazis is clear: oil from a free, democratic Canadian province with environmental regulations, or from unstable dictatorships whose profits will go to into the pockets of oppressive regimes and are used to fund terrorism around the world.
It really shouldn't be a choice at all.