GOLDSTEIN: Formula 1’s Sebastian Vettel blows out tire blasting Alberta tar sands

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When four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel denounced Alberta’s tar sands as a “climate crime” ahead of the Montreal Grand Prix on Sunday, he revealed his brain was an irony-free zone.

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Gas-guzzling Formula 1 racing would not exist without fossil fuels.

Vettel’s racing team is sponsored by Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil and gas company.

Aramco is owned by the Saudi government, one of the world’s most brutal dictatorships, which also sponsors Formula 1 itself.

Vettel, 34, of German descent, is a figurehead for celebrities speaking out against the tar sands, conveniently forgetting the reality that without fossil fuel power, their vocations would not exist.

He can wear a t-shirt with the slogan “Stop mining tar sands – Canada’s climate crime”, and show off an anti-tar sands racing helmet for the Montreal Grand Prix (where he finished in 12th place, wearing a helmet different), but if he really believes his rhetoric, he should stop driving for Formula 1.

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As Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage tweeted in response to Vettel’s whistleblowing on the tar sands:

“I’ve seen a lot of hypocrisy over the years, but this one takes the cake. An Aston Martin-sponsored racing driver with funding from Saudi Aramco complains about the tar sands.

“Saudi Aramco has the largest daily oil production of any company in the world. It is reputed to be the largest contributor to global carbon emissions, of any company, since 1965.

“Rather than demonize the oil sands, which are on the path to net zero, people could seek to reduce their own personal carbon footprint. Maybe a pedal car for Formula 1?

Even Vettel admitted his own hypocrisy, responding to Savage’s criticism by saying: “Yes, I’m a hypocrite who does what I do for a living or do what I love. We all have different passions, that’s how I paint my canvas.

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Spoken like every globetrotting politician who speaks out on climate change while leaving a carbon footprint in their wake that could choke a horse, every celebrity who speaks out against fossil fuels vacationing on a yacht, and every government bureaucrat and diplomat in UN who attends endless climate change conferences in the world’s tourist hotspots while staying in five-star hotels, all expenses paid.

Either way, what these people do belies what they say.

If they truly believe that climate change poses an imminent existential threat to humanity, then they should follow through, not just talk, while subscribing to the philosophy of “rules for you, but not for me” by matter of climate change.

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Vettel said of Savage’s criticism, “I think it’s disappointing that we reduce it to a personal level and fail to look at the bigger picture.

“What’s really important is the message that we need to make the switch and get out of fossils (fuels) and start basing our whole way of life on renewable energy. So I think that’s the situation in its entirety. together that I’m trying to address.

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Tremendous. Then Vettel can fix it by refusing to work for any Saudi Aramco-sponsored racing team and retire from the Formula 1 circuit unless he ends his deal with the world’s biggest oil and gas company.

It would be a much bigger gesture than heading to Canada for a Grand Prix race and calling for an end to an industry that employs 140,000 Canadians.

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