A new national coalition against TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline launched in the U.S. on Monday with a cutting-edge TV ad. The All Risk, No Reward Coalition seeks to debunk Big Oil’s propaganda about jobs and related benefits. The coalition argues that “the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is all risk, and no reward”, and urges President Barack Obama to reject it.
As I’ve blogged before, Canada’s tar sands cannot enhance U.S. energy security. There will be a lot more costly pipeline ruptures and oil spills if Keystone XL is allowed to proceed. The pipeline – and Alberta tar sands – would nuke America’s new energy economy. In fact, the Keystone pipeline would create no more than 35 permanent jobs.
Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver carries the government’s torch on oil exports. We’ll know this year whether he can overcome historic opposition
Source: Toronto Star
OTTAWA—Stephen Harper’s pipeline preacher has not lost any of his zeal.
Joe Oliver takes to his pulpit daily, spraying statistics and “fact-based” arguments at his opponents, refusing to be slowed by recent heart surgery, perhaps the loudest and most determined environmental protest ever mounted on both sides of the border or native leaders who promise a long, hot summer followed by potentially years of court challenges.
Damn it, Janet! It’s not the Harper Government. It’s the Government of Canada. And so it shall forever remain.
You know the power of a dictator-style personalty cult is at work when a federal agency rebrands a country in the name of the great and Dear Leader, Stephen Harper. A news release the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) posted online earlier today carried the Harper-centric headline:
“HARPER CANADA INVESTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR MUNICIPALITY OF ARGYLE”
Press Release | Posted: March 17, 2013
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) is calling for a full accounting of the public money spent lobbying in favour of the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to a recent CEP press release.
In recent weeks several Conservative ministers have flown to Washington to push the approval of the pipeline while Harper has made it the top priority for Canada’s embassies and 22 consular offices in the U.S for 3 consecutive years.