Working for the oil industry made me an environmentalist. You might find this surprising from someone at the David Suzuki Foundation. But it's not so unusual.
I met fantastic people and friends in the oil and gas business and my experience taught me that these workers believe cleaner forms of energy should be a priority and more efficient use of natural resources should be a reality.
But it may seem surprising because the media often portray climate change and energy decisions as highly charged, polarized political battles. And there is a lot of political manoeuvring. Take the recent efforts by the federal government to fuel this fire by referring to environmental groups, B.C. First Nations and the more than 4,000 British Columbians who signed up to a public review process over their concerns about the Enbridge oil sands pipeline proposal as “radicals”. For a democratic government to resort to name-calling instead of gathering the views of citizens to make an informed decision is sad and unfortunate. But that's our reality.Continue reading »