Tar sands debate healthy for society

Re: Old man take a look at your facts (B.C. Views, Jan. 22)

The issue Mr. Fletcher seems to ignore is the simple fact that talking about the issue is more important than not talking about the issue.

Neil Young’s criticism of the oil sands allows for a dialogue to take place and have citizens thinking, debating and trying to find a reasonable stance on the issue. With the Harper government vilifying anyone who has a different opinion, it has become even more essential that actions take place at the grassroots level.

Every citizen has the right to speak out and to expect their government to take action on potential environmental damage caused by the tar sands.

Not only is the Harper government eliminating science, it is de-funding actual programs that look at facts affecting our air, water and soil – the very essence of life and that which sustains everything.

How is this possibly justifiable?

Stephen Ashton


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