Sebastian Vettel. Ever heard of him? Unless you are a big motor sports fan you would not have but Mr. Vettel wants you to know who he is and has ripped a page or three out of Greta Thunberg's book on 'climate alarmism for profit' to ensure you do.
Even Canada's state controlled media recognizes a shill when the CBC and the National Post let Lori Ewing and Tyler Dawson respectively describe how the Formula One star from Germany arrived at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in a T-shirt with "Stop Mining Tar Sands," and "Canada's Climate Crime" under the picture of a pipeline. Mr. Vettel is also wearing a helmet with the same slogan this weekend.
When Vettel was asked about his choice of shirt and helmet he responded with,
"I think what happens in Alberta is a crime because you chop down a lot of trees and you basically destroy the place just to extract oil and the manner of doing it with the tarsands, oilsands mining, is horrible for nature,"
“There's so much science around the topic that fossil fuels are going to end, and living in a time that we do now these things shouldn't be allowed anymore and they shouldn't happen.” He continued,
“It's just to think about future generations and the world we leave in their hands, it's only fair to look after it and not destroy it.”
According to the Nations Post, Vettel’s team is technically known as Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula 1 Team; in February, motorsport.com reported, the team inked a deal with Aramco.
At the time, Lawrence Stroll, the team owner, said the sponsorship would “showcase the sustainability and performance of Aramco’s products.” (Aramco is also a sponsor of Formula One itself.)
“A race car driver sponsored by Aston Martin, with financing from Saudi Aramco, complaining about the oilsands...Rather than demonizing the oilsands, which is on a path to net-zero, people could look to lowering their own personal carbon footprint. Perhaps a pedal-car for Formula 1?”
Here in Alberta his remarks hit home immediately with Sonya Savage, Alberta's Energy Minister saying Vettel’s comments “take the cake” for hypocrisy as she took to Twitter to vent her anger at the entitled douche,
Vettel responded to questions about the conflict between what he says he believes and how he lives his life with,
“There's questions I ask myself every day and I'm not a saint. Certain things are in my control and certain things are not. It's my passion to drive a car, I love it and every time I step in the car I love it.
When I get out of the car, of course I'm thinking as well 'Is this something that we should do, travel the world, wasting resources?”
Tyler Dawson at the post writes that the four-time world champion arrived at the track on a bike adorned with the LGBTQ rainbow, and said he feels a sense of responsibility to "reach people" through his platform.
"When it comes to human rights, or equal treatment, those things are big, when it comes to the climate crisis, which affects every one of us already today and more so in the future — they deserve to be addressed, and (I'm) trying to reach people and raise awareness."
You've reached out to us Sebastian Vettel but you had better pull that elitist, virtue-signalling hand back to Germany before we bite it off.