Another week, another wrinkled celebrity hypocrite trying to atone for a life of extravagance by bashing Alberta’s oil industry.
Seven days ago, it was Neil Young rocking his ignorance by comparing Fort McMurray to Hiroshima.
And now, in what’s proving to be a banner season for old millionaires frothing with self-righteousness, Robert Redford has taken his own swipe at the bitumen industry — the second such go-round for the actor, who once starred in The Sting as con-man Johnny Hooker.
This is a swindle too, though it lacks a jaunty piano soundtrack.
Calling Alberta’s bitumen “the dirtiest oil on the planet,” Redford narrates a video sponsored by the National Resources Defense Council, on which the actor serves as a trustee.
Once again, Redford wants us to forget his own waste, as he slags off Alberta.
It’s a propaganda piece aimed directly at the Keystone XL pipeline, and goes so far as to link Alberta’s energy sector with deadly flooding elsewhere on the planet, showing scenes of watery destruction as Redford waffles on about bad bitumen.
“Developing the Canadian tarsands is destroying our great northern forest at a terrifying rate. It is producing enough carbon pollution to wreak havoc with our climate for decades to come,” says Redford.
Sigh. According to the latest World Resources Institute figures, Canada’s annual greenhouse gas output is 726 megatonnes, versus 6,886 megatonnes pumped out by the U.S. and 10,385 megatonnes released by China — and yet Redford casts Alberta as the planet’s supervillain.