Oil Sands Politics compared to Apartheid by Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace – September 2, 2010

Cornwall ON – Green Peace Activist and Officer Kumi Naidoo compared the Alberta Oil Sands politics to those of Apartheid recently.   As stories leak about run off from the Oil sands contaminating water supplies it’s a very timely subject.


“During apartheid, the government did not act in the interests of all its citizens,” Naidoowrote recently on The Huffington Post. “Here in Canada, it appears the rights and health of First Nations peoples are also being violated and ignored.”

I had the opportunity to chat with Mr. Naidoo at the G20 rally in Toronto this year.


The war against society by the big oil companies has to tip at some point as we as a society are being held hostage while technologies that can not only improve the environment, but assist our economy are being held back.

Climate change is real and we need to focus on ways to improve the use of fossil fuels until we can move to cleaner technologies.

What do you think Cornwall and Canada? You can post your comments below.

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  1. I want the cheapest energy I can buy, I don’t care what happens to the environment. I read recently that coal costs about 2 cents per kwh to generate electricity while wind and solar cost about 20 cents per kwh. If you want to spend $50,000 on solar panels with barely enough capacity to run a fridge, fill your boots. Just don’t ram it down my throat.

    Give me cheap. Give me coal.

  2. Mr. Naidoo is right on. For comparison read “Covert Operations” by Jane Mayer in the August 30, 2010 issue of The New Yorker. Very illuminating on right-wing corporate exploitation….and scary.

  3. Durng apaethied government acted on behalf of the money. The same money used by people of that country.

    We can whine and complain all we want, it will not change anything. I wonder how the actvists made the trip to the rally. I can assure a good portion used some form of hydro carbon product.

    That makes ths whole concept hyprocritcal

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