Canada’s new Environment Minister

Canada’s new minister of the Environment minister of truth is already fully committed to repeating nonsense about the oilsands, hoping to prey on and bolster Canadians’ ignorance both of climate change and the local destruction reeked by the tar sands:

Canada’s new Environment Minister Peter Kent says the oilsands have been unfairly demonized as an ecologically destructive development, lauding the resource as “ethical oil” and an economic boon for the entire country.

On his second day in the federal environmental portfolio, the Toronto-area Conservative MP reiterated his predecessor’s pledge to enhance water monitoring in northern Alberta’s vast oilsands region. However, he said labels such as “dirty oil” and claims that bitumen extraction is the most destructive industrial activity on the planet are overblown.

“There has been a lot of disinformation and outright misinformation,” Kent told the Herald on Wednesday.

“There has been a demonizing of a legitimate resource,” he added. “It is ethical oil. It is regulated oil. And it’s secure oil in a world where many of the free world’s oil sources are somewhat less secure.”

This coverage from the Calgary Herald fails to evaluate any claims made by the minister, but succeeds I suppose in being “unbiased” by concluding the article with the views of “environmentalists” who “want Kent and the Harper government to move more aggressively on climate change.”

It appears likely that whereas departing minister Jim Prentice actually had some concern about the impacts of the tar sands, and was considering demanding the government clamp down on the under-regulated industry, Peter Kent has no interest in being anything but a lackey for Stephen Harper. In a Canadian political environment which rewards uncritical support for corporations working to damage the climate as quickly as possible, we should expect nothingness than this total disregard for science, morality, and civic responsibility.

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3 thoughts on “Canada’s new Environment Minister

  1. Here’s a slightly different interpretation:

    When there seemed to be a risk of the U.S. regulating greenhouse gas emissions, the Harper government had to behave defensively. Now that the risk is removed, they feel no real need to pretend to care about the environmental impact of expanding oil sands extraction.

  2. “When there seemed to be a risk of the U.S. regulating greenhouse gas emissions”

    That interpretation seems incomplete, given the amount of times “international reputation” was mentioned in the cables. Certainly the US approach is relevant – but EU opinions are relevant too, especially as NAFTA 2 is being drafted outside the public view of Canadians, but not necessarily outside the view of Europeans.

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