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Politics and its Discontents: Don’t Worry; Be Happy

Apparently those of us who fret about the ever-growing magnitude of climate change effects are just not grasping the truth. As The National Post’s Peter Foster recently explained at a gathering of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the oil industry just isn’t adequately communicating why climate change skeptics are right:

Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Don’t Worry; Be Happy

Politics and its Discontents: CBC’s The Current: The Ethics Of Journalists And Paid Speaking Engagements

While I and others have written about Rex Murphy’s close relationship to the oil industry, a relationship that appears to be in direct conflict with his position at the CBC, Peter Mansbridge has also been embroiled in controversy recently because of a speech he give to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Indeed, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: CBC’s The Current: The Ethics Of Journalists And Paid Speaking Engagements

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Postmedia Fires A Useful Guy

From J-Source:

Postmedia Network is downsizing its parliamentary bureau and had laid off five parliamentary bureau staff.Three political reporters—Mike De Souza, Andrea Hill and Tobi Cohen—as well as planning and production editor Rhonda Cumming and librarian Kirsten Smith were laid off.

Mike De Souza is, or was, pretty much the only journalist in Canada who . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Postmedia Fires A Useful Guy

350 or bust: No More “Nice Guy”: Canada’s Democracy & Reputation Tarred

It turns out Canada’s reputation is getting as toxic as the Alberta tar sands tailings ponds: * Some more facts: Canadian federal taxpayers subsidize the oil industry $1.38 billion a year. And that’s not counting your Province’s subsidies to the oil industry. The International Energy Agency says up to two thirds of known fossil reserves . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: No More “Nice Guy”: Canada’s Democracy & Reputation Tarred

Eclectic Lip: Alberta oil selling at 50% discount to world price…

…which explains why the Canadian government is Hell-and-High-Water-bent on building a pipeline, any pipeline, anywhere.

First, the stats

Over the past few months, new stories have noted that Canada’s oil sector isn’t getting full price for its heavy oil — in large part because American pipelines are well-supplied with newly-flowing tight oil (“shale oil”) from . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Alberta oil selling at 50% discount to world price…

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Some Truth About The Tar Sands

There has been an unending stream of propaganda coming from the people in big-oil about the tar sands. In particular a group that calls themselves CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) representing the exploiters of the tar sands, have bee… . . . → Read More: NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Some Truth About The Tar Sands

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Some Truth About The Tar Sands

There has been an unending stream of propaganda coming from the people in big-oil about the tar sands. In particular a group that calls themselves CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) representing the exploiters of the tar sands, have been busy greenwashing the destruction that is taking place in Alberta through a series of print . . . → Read More: NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Some Truth About The Tar Sands