Get the Tree Huggers

November 3, 2009

Well, about freaking time.

As the Dec. 7 climate change conference in Copenhagen approaches -- Kyoto II: The Bad Idea That Wouldn't Die -- the oil industry and our government finally started to grow a pair.

Nearly two dozen Greenpeace wackos entered the Muskeg River mine in September and chained themselves to equipment, disrupting production.

A few weeks later, another bunch of them trespassed at a Suncor Energy oilsands site.

And then they snuck into a Shell refinery in Fort Saskatchewan, climbed a tower and were arrested. Suncor Energy reacted by filing a $1.5-million lawsuit against these spoiled, neo-pagan morons and asked for a permanent injunction against Greenpeace. Every Albertan should stand up and applaud the company.

While Premier Ed Stelmach has come in for his fair share of criticism lately, he showed real leadership saying, "We're coddling people who are breaking the law."

Predictably, the lawyer for these spoiled, attention-seeking brats whined about how Stelmach shouldn't be allowed to talk trash about Greenpeace.

It's one thing for a batch of tree-huggers to wave their environmentally friendly sign made from recycled cardboard while scarfing down tofu snacks in front of the legislature in a legal protest. It's quite another for them to trespass into a working mine or refinery, disrupting production, and placing the lives of workers and emergency responders -- or as I like to call them, "decent people" -- at risk.

Personally, I wouldn't mind if one of these morons took himself out of the gene pool during one of these stunts, but you can be sure that if a Greenpeacer is ever injured or killed, the company upon whose property it occurred will find themselves sued because their security was inadequate.

So our premier should do more than just talk a little trash. He should direct that legislation be crafted to criminalize the actions of those waging economic warfare against Alberta.

The Greenpeace stunts are designed to further malign Alberta's energy industry as producing "dirty oil" in advance of Copenhagen.

The hope for those bent on destroying Alberta's economy is that various nations can be convinced to ban so-called dirty oil because extraction from the oilsands is energy intensive, producing lots of carbon dioxide.

You may remember carbon dioxide from high school science, where it was also known by the name "plant food."

Even if you're a sales clerk at the local hemp clothing collective and think the energy industry is icky, your health care, social and emergency services, not to mention the provision of clean water and sewage treatment are all funded by an economy that depends on energy extraction.

And it's not like we're a huge part of the imaginary problem of global warming anyway. If every Canadian walked out of their house tomorrow and killed themselves, global carbon dioxide emissions would drop by less than 2%.