Monbiot: Canada has become “a thuggish petro-state”
Tar sands oil and a regressive Conservative government are turning Canada into a “thuggish petro-state,” says acclaimed British journalist and climate-change expert George Monbiot.
“It’s an extraordinary thing to witness from this side of the Atlantic: to watch Canada, this highly sophisticated, liberal, outward-looking nation, turning into a thuggish petro-state,” Monbiot told Silver Donald Cameron in a new Green Interview conversation filmed recently in Oxford, England. “It’s really scary to see how, in some ways, Harper has taken it to a far more extreme level of neo-conservatism and neo-liberalism even than George Bush contemplated.”
Monbiot, best-selling author of Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning, and six other books, said Canadais succumbing to the “resource curse” in the same way as Nigeria or Saudi Arabia, “where you basically have a group of oligarchs who control the fossil fuel revenues and end up controlling the political system.”
Furthermore, the development of Canada’s tar sands is having horrendous environmental consequences. His advice to citizens worldwide who are concerned about climate change and social justice is to “mobilize, mobilize, mobilize.”
George Monbiot received the United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement. His columns for The Guardian have made www.monbiot.comthe most popular columnist’s website in the world. In his 2006 book, Heat, Monbiot demonstrated that Britain could achieve a 90 per cent reduction in carbon emissions without economic or social catastrophe. He has just released his eighth book, Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding, a fascinating account of an involvement with nature that goes far beyond mere conservation. The early reviews are very enthusiastic.
In his hour-long Green Interview, Monbiot discusses what fuels his courageous environmental journalism: a profound hatred of undemocratic power, corruption, deception of the public, environmental destruction, injustice, inequality and complacency.
“George Monbiot is an extraordinary man,” says Green Interview host Silver Donald Cameron. “He’s an elegant, penetrating writer with an adamantine conscience and a dazzling capacity to sift through complex scientific subjects. We had a bracing and unforgettable conversation.”