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Critics Respond To Canadian Government's Shilling of Tar Sands as "Ethical Oil"

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The comments came fast and furious to Canada's New Environment Minister's Job: Shill The Tar Sands as "Ethical Oil" , some in particular found Andrew Nikiforuk's criticism of the term to be a bit over the top. Now cooler heads have added their opinions, including Emma Pullman at Desmogblog: Calling the oil "ethical" is damaging to the debate because it shuts off debate. It creates a space where those who argue against tar sands oil are unethical, or hate freedom and democracy. Reframing the debate in this way fails to get at the true crux of the problem: we have a dirty oil addiction, and the oil industry is inadequately regulated to the detriment of people's health. Alberta's "Ethical oil" fails to get us out of this paradigm. It's still oil at the end of the day, and dirty oil at that. Gillian Steward reports in the Star from the oil patch in Calgary:... Read the full story on TreeHugger





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