Sunday, March 18, 2012

Thanks Rex!

As mentioned a few days ago, CBC commentator Rex Murphy was in town today to host an episode of CBC's 'Cross Country Check Up' at Mac Island. Sadly, I missed it due to work. However, I did find a National Post column that Murphy penned yesterday about his upcoming visit. Well said Rex. Sadly, the debate has been so skewed by environmental nut cases out there that it has been impossible to anyone to give an alternative perspective on things without being accused of being in the pocket of so-called "Big Oil". Forgotten in the drone of Fort McMurray bashing is that this community is one of the highest giving communities in Canada for organizations such as the United Way, among others.

Yes, bash us you lefty nut jobs. But keep in mind the wealth created by this region helps pay for a lot of the fanciful, socialist candyland crap you advocate for. But what do I know? I'm just in the pocket of "Big Oil." Um, hello, environmentals, if I was in the pocket of "Big Oil", trust me, I wouldn't be living in Thickwood (although it is a nice part of town). Heck, I'd have a big place up in Timberlea or on Draper Road instead. Anyhow, well said Rex. We do hope you enjoyed your visit. Come back any time.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

" Environmental nutcase's" "lefty nutjobs" What is this non - sensical crap man. I was at the Rex Murphy show, it was good, but man why are people so defensive of the oilsands. Calling environmentalist nutjobs, is not helping anyone. There must be some people out there to provide balance to the unconrtolled modification, of our surrounding wilderness. To polarize and take sides of the issue really discredits the simple evidence that is in front of us. The industry has been allowed to do what ever it wants at the expense of the environment. And you can agure there is big coal and we aren't as bad as big coal and all that shit. But the "fact" is that fossil fuels are unsustainable and really in human. To and to the Lefty nutjobs comments, placing oneself on the political spectrum, only divides people, it does not bring about true, level headed thinking. That of which this country needs badly !
crysscott@hotmail.com

Way Way Up said...

To be fair, much of the silly rhetoric I've seen coming from environmentalists is just as divisive and no more helpful. I think part of the problem is that this community has become the poster child over time for all that some segments of the population hate about the oil sands.

I see little need to show respect when none is given in return. Bear in mind, I'm not trashing environmentalism as a whole. Rather, there seems to be a rather vocal segment (you should see some of the rhetoric on some blogs I read) that simply trashes the industry (and by extension this community) simply to score cheap political points. It is the environmentalists who have politicized all this, not I.

Anonymous said...

Yes, i would agree with you that the retoric is at both ends of the spectrum. But there is no need for this kind of talk at all. This is strictly emotions, comming through the media. There are lots of facts, stats, numbers, etc.. but its all meaningless. You could monitor the oilsands to death and you would be left with the same end result. A large section of forest destroyed, and partially reclaimed. I river basin polluted. People with unknown cancers, and air pollution that no one is really sure about but millions of tonnes of substance that did not exist there before. The balance of this environment is being changed and it is easy to see and explain. Cold soild substance under ground - Heated sperated - states of the substances are changed - to gasses and liquids- all of which are burned- releasing heat into the atmosphere. Grade 6 sience could explain it. But our quest for money will only exploit the natural world until it no longer exists. Is that something worth supporting?
RYAN.

Way Way Up said...

People that are so vehemently against the industry need to articulate a plan...how exactly they would replace the revenue that would be lost if they got their wish and all the projects here shut down. They never do this but take the easy way out. It is very easy to criticize something without offering anything constructive in return.

Canada contributes something like 2% of the world's GHG and the oil sand projects here something like 2% of that 2%. I get tired of the hyped up, alarmist rhetoric I encounter when clearly there are much worse polluters to worry about.

My favourites are always left-wing clowns from say Vancouver or Toronto that whine about how their vision of a cradle to grave nanny state is being eroded but don't clue in to the fact that in the current economy, the revenues and royalties that come from these projects are helping to prop up and pay for all the goofy government programs they so ardently desire.

My response to people like this (and I'm not saying you are included in this group) is simple....if you don't like the product then stop creating a demand for it...quite driving, stop using oil for heat and cease buying products that use oil by-products. Stop being such hypocrits and then perhaps we'll talk

Anonymous said...

I cannot argue with what you have said. but i will say that i have always had a sense of pride for the environment, and i attributted this to being Canadian, or even better just being from Fort McMurray. I think of Canadians as leaders not followers, and being candaian is about going against the grain or so i thought.

Statistically yes canada is at the bottom end of contribution in the world. But we are still contributing, and that is something i think should change. We are putting way to much emphisism on money, but that is the way of our governing body so "when in rome". The so called green economy could work, but people are to scared to implement it. oil money provides us with a tonne of shit, and that is all it is, yea the more tech savy a person is the better now a days, but that is not true to being human. It is not why our hands are attached to our arms, it is not what we have eyes for. We our a product of this earth and we are supposed to live in it, not change it to our liking, the end result after we change it is a world we cannot breath in , swim in , walk in, live in. I am offering up alot of questions rather than answers but my answers would be to extreme to be taken seriously. I have to thank you for the talk though. All i would end with would be to have a world suitable for humans to surivive in, one would need to live more like a human, than a slave.
RYAN.

Way Way Up said...

Amen to that.