Joe Oliver, the Natural Resources Minister in Canada, wrote a very forceful open letter admonishing environmentalists over their shenanigans in Canada denying Canadians the benefits from secure energy supplies:
For our government, the choice is clear: we need to diversify our markets in order to create jobs and economic growth for Canadians across this country. We must expand our trade with the fast growing Asian economies.
We know that increasing trade will help ensure the financial security of Canadians and their families.
Unfortunately, there are environmental and other radical groups that would seek to block this opportunity to diversify our trade. Their goal is to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth.
No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No more hydro-electric dams.
These groups threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda. They seek to exploit any loophole they can find, stacking public hearings with bodies to ensure that delays kill good projects. They use funding from foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada’s national economic interest.
They attract jet-setting celebrities with some of the largest personal carbon footprints in the world to lecture Canadians not to develop our natural resources. Finally, if all other avenues have failed, they will take a quintessential American approach: sue everyone and anyone to delay the project even further.
They do this because they know it can work. It works because it helps them to achieve their ultimate objective: delay a project to the point it becomes economically unviable.
Though he was talking about Canada, he might as well be talking about the United States as well. I wonder how he feels about the KeystoneXL pipeline. Wouldn’t it be great if the U.S. had this kind of support from national leaders? Rather, we have an administration complicit with the environmentalists.
You can read the rest of the letter here.