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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Johnson, Anglin, Nenshi and Butler. Who said Alberta politics is dull in the summer?

TweetPremier Dave Hancock is standing behind Jeff Johnson, even after the Information and Privacy Commissioner ruled that the embattled education minister broke Alberta’s privacy laws by sending a direct message to the personal email addresses of thousands of teachers during their contract negotiations. In any other job, breaking the law would likely be cause for […]

Alberta Diary: CFIB members please post: ‘Money from public sector wages & pensions NOT wanted here!’

CFIB AstroTurf technicians roll out part of their campaign against improved pensions for Canadians, a plan certain to harm the group’s naïve supporters. Below: A suggested sign for the windows of CFIB-member businesses.

Whew! That was a close one! We almost improved the Canada Pension Plan!

So says the so-called Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Listen carefully:

“Small business owners and employees can breathe a sigh of relief for the time being,” the CFIB said in an undated commentary posted to its website recently. “Finance ministers did not reach an agreement on increasing CPP and QPP premiums…” (Emphasis added, of (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Minuscule Canadian Taxpayers Federation in running for ‘Turfy Award’

Former Canadian Taxpayers Federation Alberta Director Scott Hennig, now the group’s Communications VP, in a nice AstroTurf-coloured sweater at last weekend’s Ottawa conference of the Manning Centre for Undermining Democracy. Below: CTF President Troy Lanigan; CTF member … rrrrrrr … supporter, Riley Climenhaga; CTF Operations VP Shannon Morrison.

When it comes time to hand out the annual Turfy Award – named for AstroTurf, the green synthetic blades that look like grass and feel like grass but do not absorb carbon dioxide like grass – I expect the Canadian Taxpayers Federation to be a contender.

Indeed, consider ’em nominated.

After

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DeSmogBlog: Fracking Industry’s Answer to “Gasland”: Devised by Astroturf Lobbying Group and Political Ad Agency

This is a guest post by Ben Nelson from Public Accountability Initiative that originally appeared on LittleSis.

Truthland, a 35-minute compilation of interviews with fracking proponents, is being promoted by the oil and natural gas industry’s PR arm, Energy In Depth, as an answer to the 2010 anti-fracking film Gasland. The advertising campaign for Truthland emphasizes that it documents the concerns of "a Susquehanna County mom, dairy farmer and teacher" who is "the real deal," as opposed to Josh Fox, the writer and director of Gasland and "a spoiled avant-garde showman from New York City," in the words

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DeSmogBlog: Climate Change Denial Isn’t About Science, or Even Skepticism

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Cross-posted from the David Suzuki Foundation's Science Matters blog. By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Editorial and Communications Specialist Ian Hanington.

Let's suppose the world's legitimate scientific institutions and academies, climate scientists, and most of the world's governments are wrong.

Maybe, as some people have argued, they're involved in a massive conspiracy to impose a socialist world order. Maybe the money's just too damn good. It doesn't matter. Let's just imagine they're wrong, and that the polar ice caps aren't melting and the climate isn't changing. Or, if you prefer, that it's happening, but that

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DeSmogBlog: American Petroleum Institute’s Jack Gerard Fact Checked By Activists During Speech

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Guest post by Connor Gibson, cross-posted from Polluterwatch.

Two days ago, President Obama denied the permit for the destructive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, much to the dismay of Big Oil's top lobbyist and propagandist. Speaking at the National Press Club to an audience dominated by oil, coal and nuclear representatives and lobbyists, American Petroleum Institute (API) president Jack Gerard continued to lash out at President Obama over the pipeline decision. However, activists attending their event fact checked Jack's big oil talking points.

Shortly after asking the president, "what are you thinking?!" a group of

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DeSmogBlog: Unaccountable Oil: Is Enbridge Already Polluting the Canadian (Political) Environment?

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If the pipeline giant Enbridge Inc. is content to cower behind a 20-something blog manager rather than acknowledge its role in the recent attack on the patriotism of Canadian environmentalists, what hope have we that the company would ever stand accountable for the accidents that will occur – inevitably – if Northern Gateway ever gets built?

That’s a rhetorical question, but a pressing one, given the environmental time-bomb that Enbridge proposes to lay out between the Canadian tar sands and the pristine B.C. coastline.

We actually don’t know for sure that Enbridge is behind the so-called

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Chatty Kathy Marshall doll debuts

Just pull the ring. You never know what she’ll say next.

Kathryn Marshall. She’s no puppet. She’s a doll!

DeSmogBlog: API’s New ‘Vote 4 Energy’ Ad Campaign Is Thinly Veiled Election Year Bullying

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American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard today announced the oil and gas industry’s latest election-year scare campaign to threaten the demise of the U.S. economy unless Big Oil gets its every wish in Washington. This year the wish list includes approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, expanded offshore drilling on both coasts, opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and more federal lands in the West to drilling, and smaller buffer zones between drilling operations and drinking water supplies.

What if Washington doesn’t comply by delivering Keystone XL and the rest of the wish list?

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Astroturf #nlpoli

Sometimes the people using fake names online screw up their little game. This little gem came from the Telegram last week and a letter to the editor in favour of free tuition at Memorial University. Janice and Babs should have talked to herself… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Astroturf #nlpoli

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Power Workers Union Rethinking "Social Media" Campaign?

oth their fake blogs, Enviralment and Envirogy are “undergoing scheduled maintenance”.  We’ll see for how long, and what comes out the other side.Background here.h/t Scott in the comments. . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Power Workers Union Rethinking "Social Media" Campaign?

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Justice Department Launches Investigation Into BP’s Oil Gusher Cover Up

bp_oil-leak.jpg The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an official investigation to determine whether or not BP lied to the public and to the government about the amount of oil that was leak… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Justice Department Launches Investigation Into BP’s Oil Gusher Cover Up

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Canadian Federation of Independent Business: another AstroTurf organization attacking the interests of its own members

Alberta small businesses: not helped by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Below: The CFIB’s Dan Kelly, the CLC’s Ken Georgetti.Why does the so-called Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses push a far-right agenda that benefits… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: The Canadian Federation of Independent Business: another AstroTurf organization attacking the interests of its own members

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Oil Industry Steps Up Astroturf Efforts For 2012 Election

astroturf.jpg The oil industry has put their astroturf and lobbying efforts into overdrive over the last few months, preparing for a bitter fight in the upcoming 2012 presidential election. In a… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Oil Industry Steps Up Astroturf Efforts For 2012 Election

350 or bust: Koch Industries: The Dirty Business Of Climate Denial

A short animation by by Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham which details the efforts of billionaire oil barons Charles & David Koch to undermine belief in climate change and prevent legislation that threatens their profits. By pouring money into bogu… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Koch Industries: The Dirty Business Of Climate Denial

Bouquets of Gray: Wind-power take-down

Over at The Disaffected Lib you can find a first rate take-down of wind-power opponents, including Progressive Blogger’s own Wind-Concern Ontario. The problem, as Disaffected points out, is the single-mindedness and ill-informedness of the opposition:… . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Wind-power take-down

JimBobby Sez: The Problem With Taxpayer Funded Social Media

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, the twitterverse and blogdom is finally sittin’ up and takin’ notice that our gummint is paying for favourable postings in various social media. There was a story on it over the weekend: Harper government monitoring onli… . . . → Read More: JimBobby Sez: The Problem With Taxpayer Funded Social Media