Time To Stop Appeasing Activists
Winston Churchill famously criticized appeasers, saying: "each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last."
His point was that repeated compromise that allows your opponent to repeatedly shift the goalposts only delays your inevitable demise, rather than preventing it.
If the federal government and environmental radicals are today's crocodiles, and Alberta's energy industry is the meat, why are we still feeding them?
Anyone who thinks these crocodiles intend to stop feeding after the first few bites is deluding themselves.
Under the guise of "Build Back Better" and a "Just Transition" Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning a deliberate and systematic elimination of all oil and gas development within Canada.
The appointment of radical eco-activist, Steven Guilbeault, as Minister of Environment and Climate Change was just the opening salvo in their war to "save the world" from Climate Change.
The government says that they only plan to cap oil and gas emissions, but not total oil and gas production.
Some in the energy industry say this is fine because technological advances will ensure that they can increase production while remaining within the government's cap.
You can almost hear the crocodiles chewing.
Or should that be ticking?
Another radical environmentalist, David Suzuki, recently warned at an Extinction Rebellion rally that "there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don't pay attention to what's going on".
While oil and gas workers have struggled to find work for years, and many massive projects have been cancelled, blocked, or abandoned, thanks to government policy, the activists are so far to the left that they think our leaders aren't even paying attention.
Which leads to the obvious question - what would our leaders paying attention look like to these guys?
The answer, of course, is the complete shut down Canada's entire oil and gas industry, and violent protests if they don't get their way.
Coastal Gaslink and TransMountain.
How many more projects, how many more jobs, how many more livelihoods should we feed to the crocodiles before we wake up and realize that they don't plan on stopping, and appeasement doesn't work?
How about zero.
Let's stop feeding the beast and start protecting Albertans instead.