No energy source is perfect; but when compared to oil from Russia and OPEC, Canada's oil is the fair trade coffee of the world's oil industry. And although the U.S. is one of the world's largest producers of oil, Canada by far has more oil reserves, mainly in Alberta's oilsands, ironically targeted by foreign-funded environmentalist groups as immoral.
Ten years ago Ezra Levant wrote a best-selling book called Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oilsands. It argued that most of the world's oil-producing countries violated liberal values, including:
- Environmental responsibility;
- Economic justice for workers; and
- Human rights
That's what Ezra argued a decade ago, and it helped shape the national debate on pipelines during the Stephen Harper era. But ultimately Justin Trudeau became prime minister, and he followed the advice of his right-hand man, Gerald Butts, who for years had led the drive to shut down the oilsands and the pipelines upon which they relied.
Fast-forward to 2022, when Russia, Europe's oil and gas powerhouse, invaded Ukraine. Europe was powerless to truly sanction Russia, as it had allowed itself to become strategically dependent on Russian oil and especially Russian gas.
We can’t get the lost ten years back, but we can reignite the debate between Canadian ethical oil and conflict oil from Russia and OPEC.
Click here to find out more about our plan for Canada’s Ethical Oil.