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New Progressive US Coalition Launches Keystone XL ‘All Risk, No Reward’ TV Ad

By: Obert Madondo The Canadian Progressive

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.

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Canada’s tar sands pipeline preacher will not slow down

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver carries the government’s torch on oil exports. We’ll know this year whether he can overcome historic opposition

Tar Sands Trucks. Photo: http://beyondcollapse.wordpress.com/

Tar Sands Trucks. Photo: http://beyondcollapse.wordpress.com/

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.

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INSULT: Government agency rebrands Canada “Harper Canada”

Damn it, Janet! It’s not the Harper Government. It’s the Government of Canada. And so it shall forever remain.

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:

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”

Harper Canada - ACOA Insult

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Alberta buys $30 000 New York Times ad to promote Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Mar 19, 2013:

Alberta Keystone XL Ad New York Times

Last week, the New York Times boldly urged President Barack Obama to reject TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The influential paper’s March 10 editorial immediately drew the ire of the Canadian petrostate and its Conservative foot soldiers.

Alberta Premier Alison Redford responded over the weekend by purchasing the above $30 000 ad in the New York Times ad to promote Keystone XL. According to The Canadian Press, a spokesman for Redford said the ad was “taken out to counter” the NYT editorial.

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Harper Conservatives should disclose public funds spent to push Keystone XL

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.

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PROPAGANDA: Alison Redford says Keystone XL is “responsible oil sands development”

“I’m proud to say Alberta applauds and shares the President’s strong desire to address climate change and we’re already taking action.”

By: Alison Redford | Published by USA Today on Feb 25, 2013: 

An aerial photo of the Syncrude Canada oil sands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. (Photo: Chris Evans, The Pembina Institute)

An aerial photo of the Syncrude Canada oil sands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. (Photo: Chris Evans, The Pembina Institute)

On behalf of my province — a close friend, ally and northern neighbor to the American people — I can say confidently that Alberta and the United States share one of the most trusted and important relationships in the world. The United States is already Alberta’s biggest customer for our oil. The Keystone XL pipeline will further cement the strong bond between Alberta and the U.S. and is important in developing a safe, secure North American energy partnership.

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Canadian officials use Ethical Oil talking points in Keystone XL sales pitch

Carol Linnitt | Published by The Vancouver Observer on Mar 3, 2013

The US State Department recently released a draft version of its Keystone XL report – a document eagerly awaited by the pipeline’s proponents and opponents alike.

In the lead up to the release of the report (which disappointed environmental organizations across the board) Canadian officials worked overtime to extol the virtues of Alberta’s tar sands.

Their pitch? Get your oil from Canada, or get it from the devil.

Okay, well, maybe not the devil, but if you aren’t dealing with Canada, you’re dealing with despots, tyrants, oppressors of women and suppressors of democracy.

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