Columnist’s opinions well thought out

Canada has become the nation it is through sale of natural resources on world markets

Editor, The Record:

Re: Inconvenient truth, Jan. 17, 2013 edition

Congratulations to Tom Fletcher on his well-considered and clear thoughts on the environment and the need for a viable Canadian resource-based economy.

Whether one is an average Canadian wage-earner with a desire to live in a healthy environment, or a paid environmental lobbyist, we should at least agree on the most basic principles.

The high standard of living of Canadians was built on resource extraction and the sales of those resources into the world markets.

Moreover, our continued health and wealth depends on us doing more of the same in the most environmentally responsible way.

If we look at the origin of the oilsands, we must agree that it is nothing more than a million-year-old natural oil spill, caused by the formation of the Rocky Mountains.

As a modern nation, we would be negligent if we did not clean it up and use the hydrocarbons to build a new economy with alternate and improved energy sources.

Thanks again, Tom, for your clarity and let’s all work towards maintaining a health environment.

Gord McIvor