I hate it when I feel compelled to defend the oil industry.
I mean, there is virtually nothing I like or support about the oil industry. Our petrowealth has turned us into a one-party petrostate, with the big money guys in the Calgary high-rises calling the shots in this province.
But still, these increasing attacks on the oilsands — or “tarsands”, to use the language of the anti-oil types — are getting more and more ridiculous.
It’s very fashionable for companies to make pious pronouncements that they will no longer use oil from “tarsands” — a.k.a. Alberta — sources. The latest to jump on the faux green bandwagon is Avon, the giant cosmetics conglomerate.
Here’s the thing about all these boycott tarsands campaigns that big companies like to support, in an effort to curry favour with the green community: exactly how do they do it? How do you find, or use, non-oilsands oil? Are Avon reps expected to pull up to the pump and ask for a fill-up with non-tarsands oil? Is there any oil company in North American that can say with 100 per cent confidence that they don’t use anything from the oilsands? And if there was a company that was 100 per cent oilsands free, wouldn’t that make a great campaign for an oil company that wanted to sell itself as green?
The anti-tarsands campaigns by big companies like Avon are lip service, and nothing more. If you really want to do some good, Avon, why not boycott oil from Iran, one of the most oppressive nations on earth that routinely jails women for “moral” violations? They’re the no. 4 oil producer in the world, after all.
But nobody is going to launch a “anti Iranian oil” campaign because it’s too hard, and, yes, impossible. The oilsands are the low hanging fruit for the green campaigners, an easy target in a stable democracy. Hey, I’m a big supporter of the environment. It makes me angry to see trucks idling outside 7-Elevens. We’re wasting our resources as a shocking rate, and the sooner we get shake our oil addiction, the better.
But targeting the oilsands is a cheap, easy gimmick for Big Corporations that are pretending to be environmentally concerned.
So, I’m boycotting Avon. No more Skintastic for me.