The Free Press editorial Celebrity activism often oily (Jan. 15) got the "simple facts" wrong. While Canada is a resource-rich country, we need to focus on developing those resources not just for ourselves, but with the best interests of coming generations in mind.
As Neil Young points out, it is our duty to address climate change now. Accelerating tar-sands extraction is moving in the wrong direction. According to the International Panel on Climate Change, keeping global warming to two degrees and thus preventing runaway climate change of four to six degrees means we have to leave at least two-thirds of the proven reserves of fossil fuel in the ground.
The damage to our planet caused by a four- to six-degree increase will never be reclaimed.
Neil Young is entitled to his opinion just as assuredly as the editorial writer is to his or hers. One difference: Neil Young has put his money where his mouth is for years, including the development of his 1959 retrofitted Lincoln Continental hybrid-electric car dubbed the Lincvolt.
Meanwhile, Don Hermiston (Letters, Jan. 16) and the Harper government represent the unimaginative view that re-arranging the deck chairs on the oil-besotted Titanic will somehow produce a different result. It will not.
Imaginative visionaries like Mr. Young are already down the road towards the required paradigm shift.
PATRICK JAMES BURTON