That’s what oil does. It doesn’t compete with other industries - it swallows everything until it’s the only thing left. And then there’s no resistance because there’s no tourism industry, there’s no fishing industry, everything’s dead, and people just have to take those jobs. And that’s why they call oil a curse. People know all about the oil curse around this world. They know about it in the Niger Delta. They know about it in the Ecuadorian Amazon. They certainly know about it in Fort Chipewayan.
But, when it comes to the Tar Sands, there is a blessing that’s hidden in the curse, and the blessing is that the tar sands are land-locked. And that that oil can’t turn into money until it can reach the coast. It can’t turn into the kind of money that they want, that they’re sinking billions and billions of dollars in infrastructure to translate that oil into money. They need these pipelines.
This is the thing about oil money: it’s crazy money, and it makes people crazy. The people who are close to it lose all perspective. The people who are close to it, it makes them crazy. But the blessing that we have is that people living all along these pipeline roots haven’t lost their minds yet, and they still understand that there are things more important than money. They still understand that water is more important than money. They still understand that it’s more important to be proud of where you live, and the relationship that you have with the land.
- Naomi Klein speaking about the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. Full video here.