I watched a couple of excellent debates with Ezra Levant and various green stooges yesterday. I must conclude that we have won the debate. The various boycotts and public defamation campaigns (PD rather than PR) have utterly lost the argument.
The debate between Andrew Nikiforuk and Ezra Levant in Calgary was fantastic. This is the sort of debate that I've come to enjoy. I prefer a hostile audience and a hysterical opponent. I like the deeply polarized back and forth between very different ideologies that almost reminds me of a sport. Nikiforuk lays on the thick and pointless rhetoric and Ezra Levant handily upends the entire righteous onslaught. By the end of the debate Nikiforuk is sounding shaky and shrill and indirectly concedes the point that Oil Sands oil is more efficient and more ethical than any other major source of oil on earth.
Ezra Levant and Andrew Nikiforuk debate ethics of Alberta's oilsands from Trevor Howell on Vimeo.
These are the sorts of debates you'll have in your own life. Skeptics must be prepared to fight from a corner without a friend in the room. Have the courage to stand up to the liberal nonsense and you'll find their arguments combusted like a greenpeace pamphlet in the fireplace.
You can see that Ezra won the debate by the end of the video. More proof that this is a winning argument comes from the next debate in Ottawa. This time its Ezra and Elizabeth May the leader of the Green Party. I found this debate slightly less entertaining and edifying than the first one.
Ezra Levant was awesome of course. Elizabeth May on the other hand treated the debate like a Green Party press conference. She immediately falls back on the "we still need to do more" argument. Gone is the old "Stop the Tar Sands" shrieking.
This is a victory. The leader of the Green Party supports the Oil Sands. Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Suzuki Foundation, and the rest are that far removed from the wishes of the people today. We are winning and its thanks to Ezra Levant and all the skeptics out there turning one person at a time. Keep it up, and enjoy part one.
Ezra Levant - Elisabeth May debate Pt. 1 from Vlad Tepes on Vimeo.
(h/t GayandRight I appreciate all your good work and that of the Free Thinking Film Society.)