The Canadian minister points to Sebastian Vettel’s “hypocrisy”

“Stop the tar sands. Canada’s crime.” It was with this inscription on his shirt that Sebastian Vettel showed up at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit in Montreal on Thursday morning. Far from being a novelty for the German, whose positions for primary reasons such as the protection of the planet and the environment or equality between individuals, have become commonplace. In Hungary, in 2021, he was wearing a T-shirt and a rainbow mask in a country where the rights of the LGBTQ + community are being repressed. Colors that the interested party has shown again this week on the bike with which he arrived on Thursday, in addition to the denunciation of this exploitation of bituminous sands, a mixture of raw bitumen, sand, mineral clay and water, the main whose reserves are in Venezuela and Alberta, a province of Canada. Sebastian Vettel also spoke extensively on the subject during the traditional press conference for pilots.

“Mining of tar sands is horrible for nature”

“I’ve read a lot about it because I find it … fascinating, it may not be the right word, but there’s a lot going on. We live in a time and a time when we’re so aware of what we’re doing. Going to Alberta is a crime because you are cutting down a lot of trees and destroying the site just to extract the oil. they’ve grown since they started doing it. From what I’ve read, the site was founded just 20 years ago. “explained the four-time world champion in his diatribe.

“In principle, you know, every country and every person has their opinions and their position. Sebastian Vettel continued. My personal opinion is that I disagree. There are so many scientific studies on the subject of the extinction of fossil fuels that today these things should not be allowed and should not happen. Therefore, it is right for people to know what is happening in the first place. I think a lot of people in Canada, a lot of people around the world don’t know that and yes, it’s a small gesture. We will also have a special helmet this weekend, to highlight this fact. We need to think about future generations and the world we leave in their hands. We must take care of it and not destroy it. »

Alberta’s energy minister counterattacks

This new post by Sebastian Vettel was not to everyone’s liking, particularly the Alberta Minister of Energy. “I’ve seen a lot of hypocrisy over the years, but this is really the icing on the cake, tweeted Sonya Savage. The Aston Martin-sponsored Saudi Aramco-funded racing driver complains about tar sands. ” start politics.

“Saudi Aramco has the largest daily oil production of any company in the world. This company has a reputation for being the largest contributor to global carbon emissions of any company since 1965. “People are on the road to carbon neutrality, people could try to reduce their personal carbon footprint. Maybe a pedal car for Formula 1?” she concludes. A reflection on carbon neutrality comes at a time when many are pointing the finger at a Formula 1 calendar whose logic in this regard is sometimes difficult to follow. The great circus of the highest discipline of motorsport has just completed about 8,939 kilometers to reach Montreal from Baku, where only a few days before the previous test of the season was held.

This is not the first time that Sebastien Vettel has been called a hypocrite about the causes he supports. Last month, when he was invited to the British BBC’s Question Time, presenter Fiona Bruce confronted him with what he considered a contradiction: it is not hypocritical to take part in the debate on environmental issues when he has been participating in a of the most polluting disciplines on the planet? “It’s true. And you’re right to laugh at us”Sebastian Vettel had then taken over.

Vettel is not the first

“There are questions I ask myself every day, then developed. I am not a saint, I am very concerned about the future and all the issues that affect energy, energy dependence and, in general, the direction we are going for the future (…) In energy, we must stop being dependent and we can because there are solutions. In Britain you have a gold mine where you sit, in this case the wind, and you have the ability to increase your energy reserve with the force of the wind and the sun. Not all countries have the same strengths and weaknesses. If you take Austria, they have the Alps and a lot of water. They can pump it, store it and reuse it. “

“There are things that are under my control and others that are not. Driving is still my passion, I love it, and every time I get in the car, I enjoy it. When I get out of it, of course, I wonder if it’s really something we should do, travel the world and waste all these resources.Then then, on the other hand, we entertain people.During Covid, we were one of the first sports to resume (…) obviously we don’t have a monopoly “Entertainment, but without that entertainment, in the difficult time of confinement, we would all be crazy. In short, I ask myself all these questions. There are things I do because I think I can do better. Do I need to fly every time?” “Not when I can get in the car. But as I said, there are some things I depend on and some I can’t.”

Sebastian Vettel is not, in any case, the first to worry about the exploitation of bituminous sands. Leonardo DiCaprio and Neil Young have spoken out against this practice in the past. The environmental impact of bitumen extraction and its transformation into petroleum is, in fact, considered extremely significant between deforestation, the release of toxic products and even greenhouse gas emissions.

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