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January 20, 2012

Paul Wells on the shady characters behind “Ethical Oil”

Filed under: Cancon, China, Economics, Environment, Government — Tags: , , , — Nicholas @ 11:09

He pretty much blows the lid off this conspiracy to sell Canadian oil to unaware, easily duped foreigners who don’t realize how evil the conspirators are:

In hindsight, Stephen Harper’s new fight against the world’s oil sands detractors was a long time coming. Last November in Vancouver, the Prime Minister gave a local television interview in which he warned that “significant American interests” would be “trying to line up against the Northern Gateway project,” Enbridge’s proposed $3.5-billion double pipeline from near Edmonton to a new port at Kitimat, B.C.

“They’ll funnel money through environmental groups and others in order to try to slow it down,” Harper told his hosts. “But, as I say, we’ll make sure that the best interests of Canada are protected.”

In early November, U.S. President Barack Obama announced he was putting off final approval of TransCanada’s $7-billion Keystone XL pipeline until after this November’s presidential election. Harper has long viewed Obama as an unsteady ally. Now he’d had enough. “I’m sorry, the damage has been done,” he told CTV before Christmas. “And we’re going to make sure we diversify our energy exports.”

2 Comments

  1. I skimmed the article and I though to myself “self, it’s about time there was a conservative media voice to challenge the mainstream.” Also, I see nothing wrong with selling Canadian products, and marketing those products the best we can. The catch phrase of “Ethical Oil” is brilliant when you compare the other producers… Venezuela, Libya, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc. Not too many sterling examples of democracy there! Nor stability in some cases.

    Good on the government for trying to sell Canada. Funny how the media was slobbering over Chretien when he did his China trade bit, and now the media is climbing all over Harper for trying to sell to the largest market in the world. I am not crazy over China as a partner in anything, truth be told, but until they become the enemy, they have the numbers, the power, and the treasure that Canada can use to improve our economy and help Canadians work and prosper here in Canada.

    Someone needs to prod the media into investigating how many pipelines are out there right now, and what the failure rate is on those pipelines. Usually a good idea to use pre-existing data to support or refute something like this. My gut tells me that we are not seeing anything in the media, or from the eco-freaks, because the pipelines are a success. If they were not a success it would be shouted from the top of Mt. Robson :) or Whistler I guess.

    Comment by Dwayne — January 21, 2012 @ 00:05

  2. Here is a link to a pipelines map at CAPP:

    http://www.capp.ca/canadaIndustry/oil/Pages/PipelineMap.aspx#zsJxOkOoe3aw

    Of course it is in the vital interest of the companies that run these lines not to allow them to leak, not only for the environment and the bad press it would generate, but also because it means losing money.

    Comment by Dwayne — January 21, 2012 @ 00:14

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