Lessons in Eloquence

by Kira Lamont

There’s a funny story from when I was young, and it goes as such: when U.S. president
Eisenhower was forced to decide whether or not to choose Richard Nixon as his vice
presidential running mate, he couldn’t seem to make up his mind. As time went by,
Nixon grew impatient and decided to go to Eisenhower directly, and convince him of his
merits. You may be wondering what eloquent and wise words Nixon used to convince
Eisenhower that fateful day. These words would forever change American history and
the face of the political landscape. His message was clear and concise: “sometimes in
life you have to s*** or get off the pot!”

This sentiment has stuck with me since I first heard that story, and I find it a sentiment
that rings clearer now than ever before. With Canada set to single-handedly surpass
the 2 degree global warming limit proposed by the International Energy Agency (IEA)
in the World Energy Outlook (WEO), it’s becoming painfully clear that the Tar Sands
industry has no intent to limit its production to 3.3 million barrels per day (bpd). At
its current rate of expansion, the Tar Sands is on target to be producing roughly 9
million bpd within the relatively near future, which according to the IEA would lead to
more than an average global temperature increase of 6ºC by the end of the century.
The continued expansion of the Tar Sands, combined with Canada’s recent record of
obstructing international climate negotiations leads me to wonder how long can Canada
stay in this constipated state. Ultimately our time has come to act now. We have to
either work to mitigate the impacts of climate change, or get out of the way and stop
stalling progress. The reality is that at some point you have to just s*** or get off the
pot.

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