Oil debate

I was taken aback by the federal government’s protest that some of the opposition to the tar sands pipeline comes from outside of Canada

I was taken aback by the federal government’s protest that some of the opposition to the tar sands pipeline comes from outside of Canada, in particular the U.S.  This seems odd, given that the oil and gas industry in Canada is largely owned by interests from outside Canada in particular the U.S.  Other countries also have huge investments in our oil and gas heritage.  China, for example, has invested $16 billion in the tar sands.

Is it OK to let foreign corporations own our resources and decide how and when it will be extracted and sold but it is not alright for people from those same countries that will use the oil to express concerns about its impact on our planet?

Could it be that we are in this struggle because we are one of the few oil and gas producing countries in the world that does not have a national energy policy let alone own its own fossil fuel heritage.

Bill Darnell

Vernon