I agree with the title change because Indian Country Today serves tribes across national borders. So it becomes pertinent to ask when US tribal interests differ from US interests, when Canadian tribal interests differ from Canadian interests, etc. This is a clear case, in my opinion, where US and Canadian national interests diverge, even though the US and Canada have always been pretty good friends (think back to Canada violating international law to help US workers sneak out of Iran during the hostage crisis). But Canada will do great harm to it's environment in the tar sands. The US suffers many harms from having to play nice with Saudi Arabia. So the US is better off buying oil from Canada....particularly since the rest of the oil will go to China and Sinopec is absolutely willing to take all of it. Humanity has divided interests, whether the divide is tribes or nation-states. Or corporations. To the answer that humanity's interest is the preservation of Turtle Island and that means leave the tar sands in the ground: that's an option only available to the sub-set of humanity that happens to live in Canada.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 16:18