Build­ing walls won’t help en­ergy de­bate

Edmonton Journal - - LETTERS -

Re. “Trudeaus con­tinue to hurt oil­patch,” Letters, Sept. 14

In a world now grap­pling with ex­treme cli­mate and eco­log­i­cal un­cer­tainty, ex­hum­ing the old econ­omy ver­sus en­vi­ron­ment ul­ti­ma­tum is ir­re­spon­si­ble, es­pe­cially when the topic is a go­liath cross-coun­try fos­sil-fuel pro­ject.

To sug­gest those con­cerned for the well-be­ing of the planet and Que­bec are some­how “spe­cial in­ter­est groups” takes it to the level of the ab­surd.

Such a black-and-white men­tal­ity be­lit­tles democ­racy, shuts com­mu­nica­tive doors and po­lar­izes peo­ple when the ex­act op­po­site is needed.

If the Trudeau ad­min­is­tra­tion’s poli­cies are de­bat­able, let us re­spect­fully come to­gether and dis­cuss it. Build­ing im­pen­e­tra­ble walls won’t help any­thing. Tom Roschkov, Edmonton

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