Rex Murphy: Only the Greens and separatists could find ‘opportunity’ in a pandemic
Incredible but true, only the Greens and the separatists found ‘opportunity’ in a pandemic. And it is that on Wednesday, Elizabeth May, parliamentary leader of the Green Party, declared that “oil is dead” and argued that “The pandemic, in a very real way, as horrific as this is at many, many levels, gives us an opportunity to stop and think about how we get this economy back on its feet.”. It has been said that May never punishes China, Russia, or Qatar. When he said, “Oil is dead,” it was an Exocet verbally directed directly at Alberta and its planet-destroying government. “Jason Kenney, your province is over,” is how I paraphrase it.
During a global pandemic that has seen hundreds of miles of deaths, hundreds of miles of mourning, ruined ruins, and near-universal anxiety, it’s really difficult to craft a sentence in which COVID-19 swims in the same lexical waters as “opportunity.”
No doubt many other readily available terms are dealt with: disaster, tragedy, calamity, plague, threat, misery, heartbreak, before deciding on “opportunity” as a description of choice for a planetary epidemic.
The core of the May statement is that COVID-19 can serve as leverage, political or otherwise, to end Alberta’s oil industry. And that, due to its green lights, is an opportunity. There is no doubt that for many it is insensitive for someone to use the current pandemic as a weapon in the perpetual green war against Alberta. But environmentalists, as we all know, answered a louder voice than the rest of us. There is nothing like the conviction that you are saving the world to leave others’ obviously lesser worries and concerns indifferent.
It could be said that the mayor’s abyss in Canadian politics is the gap between professional global warming activists and the people who drive for a living. Let’s compare those who hate oil with those who produce it in terms of their contribution to the well-being of Canada. In this way, you could say that there are a large number of people who leave their house every morning to spend eight or 12 honest hours in a mine, an oil field or a forest, and another group that tweets a lot, shuffles press releases Shady by the mile and organizing gruesome protests, all in an effort to keep the first group from having some job to go to. The hive of climate activists does nothing but mock those who have the nation on the move.
Source: Rex Murphy | National Post