Greta Thunberg Calls Out Sonya Savage For Honesty

By Ben Hamill - May 28 2020

Greta Thunberg Calls Out Sonya Savage For Honesty

Swedish climate- and environmental activist Greta Thunberg isn’t exactly impressed with Alberta energy minister Sonya Savage’s sense of timing. Savage in a recent podcast proclaimed people’s inability to protest amid a global health crisis the perfect time for building pipelines, to which Thunberg responded with a very sarcastic bit of ‘positivity’ of her own by calling Savage out on her one-time honesty, adding that its unfortunate that most the world is run in this way.

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The minister’s outrage-provoking comments had been part of a podcast discussion hosted by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors and specifically about the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline extension, an ongoing and mostly controversial topic. Savage’s blatantly opportunistic statement that there’s no time like the present to be constructing a pipeline since gatherings of more than 15 people aren’t currently legal; referring of course to protests; seems to have really got under the skins of many.

An Ongoing Undercurrent

The recent obvious hard feelings from the Swedish teen voiced in the direction of Savage isn’t the first displayed with Canadian energy in context. An Alberta oilfield company earlier this year saw no option other than to apologise after it had distributed stickers showing a female in the nude and a pair of hands pulling on the female’s braided hair from behind. As if the presence of the braid had not been enough of an indication as to who controversial message was referring to, the word “Greta” was written across the female’s back.

X-site later on accepted responsibility for the stickers and added that they had made “changes” to their organisational structure in response. Training sessions about respect in the workplace were supposedly also at the time in the pipeline.

Two Sides To The Story

Needless to say, Thunberg’s was no voice in the wilderness. The energy minister’s comments and responses prompted not only indignation, but in many cases also utter unbelief, from environmentalists and various Indigenous groups alike.

But the controversial pipeline does present a different side to the story also. Though inexcusable by nature due to the insensitive references contained in Savage’s statement about the opportune nature of the “time”, Canada’s decision to purchase the pipeline from Texas-based Kinder Morgan in May 2018 in order to ensure that it was completed, was at the time declared by the country’s finance minister at the time, to be of vital interest to the country as a whole.

Frustrated no end about the slowing of the process by ongoing court actions and protests, government in February this year announced the introduction of contentious legislation authorising the levying of hefty fines on protesters focused on disrupting energy infrastructure and related organisational projects.

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