A new mes­sage for bumper stick­ers

Edmonton Journal - - LETTERS -

Re. “Des­per­ate mea­sures,” Edi­to­rial, Dec. 4

Grow­ing up in Ed­mon­ton in the 1980s, I re­mem­ber see­ing bumper stick­ers declar­ing, “let the East­ern bas­tards freeze in the dark.”

Nova Sco­tians have di­ver­si­fied their en­ergy sources. The prov­ince is lead­ing the tran­si­tion to re­new­able en­ergy. We still have a long way to go be­fore achiev­ing in­de­pen­dence from oil and coal, but we know which way the wind is blow­ing.

For half a cen­tury, Al­ber­tans prof­ited by sell­ing oil to cor­po­ra­tions. The cor­po­ra­tions re­fined it and sold it to the U.S., leav­ing Al­berta with eco­log­i­cal dev­as­ta­tion and a swiftly warm­ing planet. They didn’t of­fer al­ter­na­tives and the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment did not in­vest in con­tin­gen­cies, store lo­cal fuel re­serves, or lead a con­ver­sa­tion about what life might look like af­ter peak oil.

That con­ver­sa­tion needs to hap­pen, and Cana­di­ans from other parts of the coun­try are ea­ger to be part of it, be­cause all Cana­di­ans can ben­e­fit from a green, di­ver­si­fied Al­ber­tan econ­omy.

But if you ex­pect the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and the rest of Canada to re­spond to your eco­nomic cri­sis by in­vest­ing in a non-sus­tain­able in­dus­try that’s re­spon­si­ble for one-tenth of our coun­try’s en­tire car­bon foot­print? I think I can speak for the east when I say sorry, but our money is all tied up in bumper stick­ers.

Scott Sharplin, Syd­ney, N.S.


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