Teck's decision to bail on Frontier oilsands project lets everyone off the hook to the country's detriment
Don Lindsay wants us to see him as a martyr.
The chief executive of Teck Resources Ltd. said he bailed on his company’s application to turn 24,000 hectares of northeastern Alberta into a bitumen mine so the country’s political leaders can have “space” to sort out how they want to confront climate change.
“Teck has not taken this decision lightly,” Lindsay said in a letter to Jonathan Wilkinson, the federal environment minister, on Feb. 23. “It is our hope that the decision to withdraw will help to create both the space and impetus needed for this critical discussion to take place for the benefit of all Canadians.”
But here’s the thing: that discussion was happening, thanks to the impetus of a deadline to decide on a project that had the potential to crystalize what this country’s elected government means when it says we can maintain a fossil-fuel industry and fight climate change at the same time.
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