South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has described Alberta’s oilsands as “filth,” saying its production is a result of “negligence and greed.”
Tutu was the keynote speaker on Saturday at a conference in Fort McMurray, Alta., focused on oilsands development and aboriginal treaty rights. The 82-year-old — who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the battle against apartheid in South Africa — spoke to a room of about 200 people, including First Nations members.
“The fact that this filth is being created now, when the link between carbon emissions and global warming is so obvious, reflects negligence and greed,” he said. “The oilsands are emblematic of an era of high carbon and high-risk fuels that must end if we are committed to safer climate.”
Oh, blow it out your ass, Archbishop-in-a-tutu; why should we Canadians give a damn about global warming?
As I said previously, what’s the downside for us?
Milder winters and warmer summers = longer growing seasons + the ability to grow new crops, as it turns out, plus increased length of camping seasons and cottaging = more tourist dollars!
And since then, I’ve come across even more evidence that Canada will benefit, overall, if global warming is as threatening as is claimed it will be; see the following graphic from a recent study:
Ontario may suffer slightly, but the rest of Canada, including Alberta and the prairies, where most of our grain is grown anyway (and, incidentally, where our oilsands are), will come out ahead. Again, what’s the downside?
As for Desmond Tutu and his hate of oil:
“Oil powered the jet that flew Mr. Tutu from Canada to Africa, produced the fuel for the helicopter tour he had planned of the oil sands, and helped manufacture the microphones and TV cameras for his press conference,” Davis Sheremata, a spokesperson for TransCanada, told The Canadian Press in an email.
We should just laugh off Tutu, and otherwise ignore the senile old bat.