Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Sierra Club Reveals Its True Intentions, New York Times Is Shocked, Shocked...

Well, better late to the party than staying home, convincing yourself all the cool kids are doing the same, while sipping guilt-free lattes and listening to NPR.  Joe Nocera at the NYT gets some truth from the Sierra Club, and all I can say is I wish I could have seen the look on his face when he received it.  Must have been cinematic:

As it turns out, the environmental movement doesn’t just want to shut down Keystone. Its real goal, as I discovered when I spoke recently to Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club, is much bigger. “The effort to stop Keystone is part of a broader effort to stop the expansion of the tar sands,” Brune said. “It is based on choking off the ability to find markets for tar sands oil.”

This is a ludicrous goal. If it were to succeed, it would be deeply damaging to the national interest of both Canada and the United States.
But it has no chance of succeeding. Energy is the single most important industry in Canada. Three-quarters of the Canadian public agree with the Harper government’s diversification strategy. China’s “thirst” for oil is hardly going to be deterred by the Sierra Club. And the Harper government views the continued development of the tar sands as a national strategic priority.

Thus, at least one country in North America understands where its national interests lie. Too bad it’s not us

Well, if Joe wanted to be completely honest, he would say that it's not the country that doesn't get it, it is their president, one Barack Hussein Obama.  But baby steps, baby steps...

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