Oil extraction and consumption is destroying the planet. We know that. Every aspect of it is detrimental to the environment - from extraction to transporting to consuming. But at least they don't hide it. Even if we found cleaner energy, oil aint goin' nowhere soon because...
Canadian Oil & Gas Statistics (2010)
1.22 million barrels per day of conventional oil production
1.5 million barrels per day of oil sands production
14.7 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas production
$51 billion in capital spending
$18 billion in taxes and royalties paid to governments
Oil and gas industry currently supports 550,000 jobs across Canada
Oil sands are forecasted to create 905,000 new jobs by 2035 (Canadian Energy Research Institute - May 2011)
Oil and gas industry current comprises about 25% of the Toronto Stock Exchange
Which all equates to...$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!
But what I really love watching is some mommy crying on t.v. to protest a fracking operation that's going on in her backyard that's making her kids sick. Then, after her little protest episode, she climbs in her big SUV and drives her kids the 3 blocks to school, then drives home to squeeze into her lulu lemons to drive to the gym. Then, she'll come home and pull into the garage to park beside her husband's boat, ATV and every gas powered unit there is to keep the lawn just right to keep up with the jones's.
People who protest local oil extraction, then consume oil for pleasure are the worst offender. You have a perfect scenario for "buy local." What you're really saying is "STOP DESTROYING THE WORLD!.... in my backyard." Do it somewhere else and hurt other people where I can't see it. Then use that oil to deliver that oil to me and present it in a nice clean package.
If you really want to stop the oil industry from ruining your neighborhood, STOP USING OIL! or at least reduce your consumption, which we can all do.
In the new world, If you're going to protest something, you better be ready to practice what you preach.
AND SO IT SHALL BE WRITTEN!