This made me laugh.
It’s the winning entry in a poster competition that was set by Greenpeace earlier this year, in an effort to counter the claims made by CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) and the Canadian Government that tar sands oil is sustainable.
It’s deliberately as patronising and cynical as the messages and communiqués coming out of Government, but even this struggles to reach the dizzying heights of cynicism and offensiveness that the bonkers Ethical Oil campaign reached later in 2011.
If you’re not familiar with that lunacy, then take a look at this previous story:
The kitten poster features Canadian PM Stephen Harper and was subsequently plastered all over Ottawa. It was designed by Bryn MacDonald of Alberta, who according to Greenpeace’s press release is:
"…a former chemical engineer who consulted on oil projects around the world, including in the Alberta tar sands. He is also served eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces and served on a UN peacekeeping tour in Nicosia, Cyprus. In 2008, he made big changes in his life. He left the oil industry, traded his car for a bicycle, became a vegetarian and committed himself to working actively at solving environmental problems rather than increasing them."
I posted this to continue a ‘Canada’ theme in the run up to this Friday’s important vote in the EU that will determine the future of tar sands in Europe and farther afield. For more info on that, take a look at yesterday’s story: