On Jan. 9th, Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver in representing the position of the Harper Government, offered Canadians an open letter http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/media-room/news-release/2012/1/3520
The letter proposes that those opposing Tar Sands expansion, and specifically the Northern Gateway pipeline, are “radical socialists” funded by “foreign interests”, and now threaten Canada’s economic interests.
It is my contention that most environmentalists do not absolutely oppose all tar sands development, but rather see that it could be part of a transition stage, but only if it is carefully regulated by community and environmental interests.
Additionally, it is helpful to read a sentiment offered by a member of Cleangreen Saskatchewan, one of the groups that the Harper Government warns Canadians about.
“Environmentalists have been calling for economic development in the form of renewable energy projects and energy conservation initiatives, which...