Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent is off to a great start convincing Canadians that he is concerned about the environment. After just than two days in office, he has already tried to persuade Canadians that Alberta’s filthy tar sands oil are “ethical oil” and unworthy of the negative reputation that countless citizens, politicians, and environmental organizations have given them. Today, he’s promising that the Harper government will not impose any greenhouse gas reductions on the oil patch that will discourage investment.
Curbing regulation in favour of profits doesn’t really sound like the work of the Minister of the Environment. This suggests, rather troublingly, that the profits of the oil and gas sector, and in particular Alberta’s tar sands, are more important to the Harper government than their environmental impact. Let’s get something clear: is Kent the Minister of Environment, or the Minister of Environmental Destruction? And who is he working for? Corporate interests, or Canadians?