Joe Oliver: disingenuous or ignorant?

Joe Nocera of the New York Times, in conversation with Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, claims that the primary reason why the Keystone XL pipeline needs to be developed is because the International Energy Agency projects that global energy demand will grow by at least 35 per cent over the next 20 years. 

I find it rather telling, however, that they both chose to ignore mentioning the findings of a recent IEA report, which cogently states that we need a rapid expansion in low-carbon energy technologies and that we must also accelerate the shift away from dirtier fossil fuels if we are to avoid a potentially catastrophic warming of the planet.

So, while global energy demand will undoubtedly continue to grow over the next 20 years, how we choose to meet this demand will have enormous consequences for our planet’s economic and ecological support systems far longer than that.