It is my personality to take pro-environmental stance, sacrificing the economy if necessary. It is in idealist view, fairly uninformed, to be sure.
This past week, when it was announced that the Keystone Pipeline project has been either cancelled or put on hold, I thought of it as s sign of progress for the environment. I was unhappy to hear that a prominent member of our government was dismissing opposition to the Northern Gateway project. Generally, I don't appreciate that our government promotes the economy above all other issues, including the environment.
At the same time, it was bitterly cold this past week. My house is heated by natural gas, as are many houses, and the furnace was running at full tilt. My house is not large by any standards of our society. All the same, the furnace runs to heat many rooms that we do not even enter on a daily basis. As well, I would be ashamed to admit how long I allow my car to warm up before I drive on cold winter mornings. The car that could hold up to 5 passengers that 99% of the time only holds me.
Over the holidays we went on an awesome vacation, far, far away. I have yet to write a boastful post entailing my adventures. The plane traveled many, many (many!) miles. Just what was powering the plane? (Lots of my money and) oil!
In principle, I'm against the damage done to the environment because of our thirst for oil. In practice, I'm a huge consumer. I reap the benefits of the oil industray 24 hours a day.
As a teacher, I'm paid by the government. Though I don't know anything about the details of the budget, I'm sure large contributions are made by the oil industry in our province as well as those who pay taxes because they are able to work in the industry. Where do I expect my salary to come from?
A stable environment is important and a priority, but I cannot be blinded by romatic notions; oil plays an important role in my lifestyle.