RE: [carfree_cities] Re: Bombing Afghanistan is Not the Way to De feat al-Qaida
- We can do our part by walking, says Grit minister
Sunday, October 28, 2001
Federal Environment Minister
David Anderson said Canadians
can help in the fight against
terrorism right here at home every
day -- by driving less.
"Whenever asked what an
individual can do to fight
terrorism, the answer is very
simple: drive less," he said in a
In an address to delegates at a conference of the
Canadian Institute of International Affairs, Anderson said
work is continuing on a federal government plan to
improve automobile fuel efficiency.
"The events of last month have made this even more
compelling," he said.
Reducing the country's reliance on oil imports from
Middle Eastern countries would help reduce the risk of
funds ending up in the hands of terrorist organizations
such as Osama bin Laden's, Anderson said.
Bin Laden, a Saudi-born millionaire, and his al-Qaeda
network is blamed for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in
New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
"That wealth is basically petro dollars from the United
States, from Western Europe, from ourselves, which
through the system has wound up in the hands of his
family and himself," Anderson said after the speech.
"If the concern in the United States' mind is the link to
Middle Eastern oil, we can reduce that very quickly . . .
if, in fact, we have a serious approach to energy
consumption in the United States and Canada."
While Canadian refineries do import crude oil from the
Middle East to meet product demand in the domestic
market, Canada has some of the largest petroleum
reserves in the world and is a net-exporter of oil and
Meanwhile, Anderson said there's a link between the
anger and fanaticism of the terrorist organizations and the
despair of Third World countries where some of the
movements are born.
A U.S.-led coalition, including Canada, is currently
engaged in a military response to terrorism, but Anderson
expects that a year from now the world will seek
opportunities for more fundamental change by examining
the deeper causes.
Anderson, who is preparing for another round of
climate-change talks in Morocco next month, said
although the U.S. is focusing on security issues in the
wake of the terrorist attacks,
American officials recently assured him the issue of
climate change has not been sidelined, he said.
Despite the fact the Canadian public's attention has been
focused on similar issues of security and safety,
Anderson said Ottawa has not lost track of issues that
were important before Sept. 11.
Elizabeth May, spokesperson for the Sierra Club, said
the federal government has a lot of unfinished
"I think it's unrealistic not to realize spending priorities
are changing, that the economy has been hit by the events
and the reaction to them," she said after listening to
© Copyright 2001 Calgary Herald
From: Mike Lacey [mailto:firefly956@...]
Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2001 4:05 PM
Subject: [carfree_cities] Re: Bombing Afghanistan is Not the Way to
Very interesting, do you have a media reference to his speech?
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