EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Alison Redford is dismissing recent critical comments on the oilsands from singer Neil Young and actor Robert Redford.
Young and Redford have denounced the oilsands as a blight on the environment and too high a price to pay for the oil it produces.
The premier, speaking to reporters from China, says celebrities have made those kinds of comments before and will again.
She says the comments lack credibility, given that the celebrities denounce the very resource which allows them to go around, in her words, “flying on planes.”
Redford says she will continue to spread the message that the oilsands can provide energy to the world in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way.
Redford will soon by flying home after wrapping up a trade mission to China.