Cornwall ON – BP’s oil spill in the Gulf has led to a spurt of value to the Oil Sands in Alberta. As usual the focus economically is on the easiest and dirtiest of energy sources. And the vision is purely in the short term.
While we collect those short term dollars on the Oil Sands we do so without the proper focus on finding cleaner ways to glean energy, and cleaner ways to harvest the oil sands themselves.
What lessons are we learning from the current crisis in the Gulf, the full story of which isn’t really being covered in the media yet? You can’t have that much oil spill into the ocean without massive impacts on life in the area.
What will it take for our governments, and in fact us, to realize that we need a better way before we truly are left with no choices or face a catastrophe that we can’t simply pay our way though.
Alternative energy sources need to be fast tracked, and we need a societal vision that’s supported and clearly visible for all to make choices about. We need more than a bit of ethanol in our gas tanks, or a few solar panels and wind turbines.
Canada has some golden opportunities if we as a nation embrace them, and we need to embrace them soon. It’s more than conservation and the environment. It’s not about tree hugging. It’s about money, business, and maxing the benefit for all Canadians including more jobs that we need.
Do we really want to buy our electric cars at Walmart?
What do you think Canada? Y0u can post your opinions below.
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