Corporate journalists, traditional defenders of public interests, hive themselves away and belch nonsense extolling a de-regulated system where the wealthy few get wealthier and fewer, while the rest of us fall further behind
Andrew Nikiforuk, an independent journalist who owes no favours to the oil industry, is certainly not idle or hived away. This week in The Tyee, Nikiforuk asks eleven important question about unrestrained tar sands development:
- 1. Why aren’t some oil sands revenues being set aside for future Canadians?
- 2. Are we harming our democracy?
- 3. How do we prevent ‘Dutch Disease’ 1 from eroding vital parts of Canada’s economy?
- 4. Have you examined the geopolitical risks of tying our fate to China as superpower?
- 5. Are we boarding an economic roller-coaster that could crash?
- 6. Why aren’t we taking a strategy that would directly shore up our own energy security?
- 7. Why raise fears about charities whose foreign funding is a tiny percentage of what China invests in Canada’s economy and politics?
- 8. Does becoming more oil rich mean we also will become more militarized?
- 9. Have we abandoned commitments to lower carbon emissions to help prevent catastrophic climate change?
- 10. Why not refine it here, creating jobs and lowering risks?
- 11. Were you elected to hasten pollution and increase cancer risks for Canadians?
1 Primarily associated with a major natural resource extraction, it results from a rise in foreign currency that affects price competitiveness, meaning movement of manufacturing jobs to lower cost countries and increased imports. Non-resource industries are damaged by resource-based industries.
Visit The Tyee and read through the brief analyses that underlie Nikiforuk’s questions.