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Greenpeace & Shell

You can read the Edmonton Journal report here: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Stelmach+dismisses+protesters+tourists/2063562/story.html

He was “visibly irate”, according to the Edmonton Journal and various other sources.

Stelmach was quoted as saying that “‘the efforts [of Greenpeace protesters] are really aimed at harming our economy, putting Albertans out of work, putting Canadians out of work and really diminishing our quality of life.'”

This seems very short-sighted (although right along the lines of consensus among Albertans in general).

Obviously a decrease in oil-production in Alberta would damage the economy, but that is clearly not the focus of Greenpeace – an environmentally-directed group. You can read more on Greenpeace’s website here: http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/campaigns/tarsands

Although some may not always agree with the method in which Greenpeace protests, you cannot deny that they have drawn a lot of attention to the environmental issues through their somewhat radical actions. This media coverage will only help Greenpeace’s cause (and, in turn, all of our causes – in preserving the planet).

However, not many are ready to commit to a position that would hinder the local economy (in favour of preserving the environment)… lest we be content with hearing “dey took’er jerbs!” *Real* people need, and depend on, jobs, and they depend on them now. They don’t “need” the planet at a later time. The big picture rarely has a lasting effect on those caught up with the everyday hardships of living and surviving as it is – which is completely understandable.

Greenpeace, despite their noble efforts, will continue to be faced with adversity when protesting for the greater good.

-RW

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