Let’s see how that worked out.
Original Article below.
Calgary Herald, April 15, 1993
Economic Development Minister Don Sparrow says a campaign by Greenpeace activists to eliminate the oil industry smacks of extremism and could wreak havoc on Alberta.
“That’s an extremist position — very extremist,” Sparrow said Tuesday, after Greenpeace International executive director Paul Gilding said the group’s objective is to phase out the use of oil in the next 20 years.
Oil and gas still represent 18.7 per cent of the Alberta government’s income, but that figure was as high as 54.5 per cent in 1982.
“I’m a good environmentalist and I consider 80 per cent of Albertans to be very fair and reasonable. We go over the deep end with extremists,” said Sparrow.
He jumped to the oil industry’s defense, saying: “They’re our best environmentally sensitive companies that we’ve got.”
Although Sparrow is a strong defender of the industry as a mainstay of Alberta’s economy, a Greenpeace study entitled Energy Without Oil says other energy sources are readily available that would not bankrupt oil-dependent economies.
“They’re dreaming in Technicolor if they expect to do that in 20 years,” New Democrat Leader Ray Martin said of the Greenpeace objective of phasing out oil.
Although Martin supports the increased use of alternate energy such as ethanol and methanol, he does not believe gasoline-fuelled cars or nuclear power are things of the past.
But the environmental group says oil and other fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas must be phased out to reduce global warming and acid rain, as well as end oil spills.