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Keystone XL Pipeline Lobbyists Have Deep Ties to White House

By: Pratap Chatterjee

Keystone Pipeline Handout

Keystone Pipeline Handout

TransCanada and the provincial government of Alberta are paying former advisors to the Obama administration – as well as former staff of the Hillary Clinton and John Kerry presidential campaigns – to help them lobby for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to transport tar sands fuel to the U.S.

The pipeline from Alberta – which is to be built by TransCanada – has been delayed for over four years pending approval from the U.S. State Department which has final say because it crosses the international border. President Barack Obama is expected to announce a decision this fall in consultation with John Kerry, who took over the State Department earlier this year from Hilary Clinton.

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Harper Conservatives spend on Keystone XL ads, while cutting environment funding

By: Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of CanadaPress Release:

CEP LOGOOTTAWA, May 27, 2013 – “Canadians should be outraged that the federal government is shoving millions of taxpayer dollars into American advertising to  promote Keystone XL,”  says Dave Coles, President of Canada’s largest energy workers’ union.

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada has learned that since 2010-11 Natural Resources Canada has increased its advertising budget by 7000%.

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Canada’s “Sewer Salesman” Joe Oliver Heads to Europe

Source: Oil Change International

Joe Oliver, Canada's Conservative Natural Resources Minister. (Rocco Rossi/Wikipedia)

Joe Oliver, Canada’s Conservative Natural Resources Minister. (Rocco Rossi/Wikipedia)

One of Canada’s most senior politicians is back in Europe on yet another lobby tour to try and bully politicians there to ditch their landmark climate legislation as it discriminates against the dirty tar sands.

Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, will tour Paris, Brussels and London this week.

A key focus of his tour will be the EU’s flagship Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), which the Canadians  have been trying to derail for several years now, using a mix of lobbying, bullying, and open trade threats.

The Canadians have forced the FQD to be delayed time and again, and if the legislation gets delayed beyond the end of this year, it may be abandoned all together. It is no surprise that when in Brussels, Oliver will meet with senior officials from the European Commission as well at bosses from oil giants Shell and Total, which have interests in the tar sands.

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Canada is tarnishing its green image by lobbying on behalf of tar sands: First Nations Chief

Source: EurActiv.com

Canada is tarnishing its green image by lobbying on behalf of tar sands, labelled in the EU’s proposed revision of the Fuel Quality Directive as more polluting than conventional oil sources, said Indigenous Chief Bill Erasmus, in an interview with EurActiv.

Bill Erasmus is regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations and the national chief of the Dene, a Canadian indigenous group. He spoke by phone from Germany to EurActiv’s Marc Hall. This interview was edited into a shorter form.

Tell us about the situation of tar sands in Canada. What is your personal experience?

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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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