The Harper government has gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid the public learning just what’s in bitumen and the risk that stuff poses to our rivers, our lakes, our groundwater supply and our oceans. Mum’s the word.
Two things we’ve learned about Harper by now. He’s secretive and pathologically dishonest. The man is a born liar.
One of those subjects Harper wants to keep out of the public eye is bitumen, his Athabasca Tar Sands bounty. His government commissioned a study in 2003 and promptly buried it. It has now surfaced but it raises a massive number of questions and (Read more…)
Less than two years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told BP that they had to stop using the highly dangerous and potentially toxic oil dispersant Corexit on the oil that was spewing from a blown out wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. BP refused, and the EPA took no action.
But this week, the EPA has told us all that there is absolutely nothing to worry about, and that Corexit is essentially “non-toxic.”
Those of us living along the Gulf Coast would all love to breathe a huge sigh
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More than two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and BP's well spewed millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Greenpeace has finally been granted access to pictures that show the real impact of the oil on marine life. The pictures were obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) and show a very different side of the Gulf than what the media, BP, and the federal government have portrayed.
These images are among those obtained by Greenpeace:
On a midsummer evening in July of 2010, heavy crude started gushing from a 30-inch pipeline into Talmadge Creek, near Marshall, Michigan. By the next morning, heavy globs of oil soon were coating the Kalamazoo River, into which the Talmadge flows, and the stench of petroleum filled the air.
Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns and operates the ruptured pipeline 6B, made a lot of mistakes in the hours after the first gallons spilled. The disaster didn’t have to be so bad. Records of the official responses showed, for instance, that the company didn’t send someone to the site
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KadyO’Malley did the country a service by refusing to be sidetracked by Harper’sscheduling of the interim reportto the House by ChiefElectoral Officer Marc Mayrand for the same day as thebudget. It turns out that there were lots of journalists inattendance – so it is clear that at least some . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Lest we forget – The Elections Canada CEO report to Parliament
A billionaire Mormon backer of Mitt Romney with an anti-gay axe to grind and a habit of using his vast wealth to harass, intimidate and silence critics gets openly challenged by Glenn Greenwald to put up or shut up: Frank VanderSloot is an Idaho billionaire and the CEO of Melaleuca, Inc., a controversial billion-dollar-a-year company which peddles dietary supplements and cleaning products; back in 2004, Forbes, echoing complaints to government agencies, described the company as “a pyramid selling organization, built along the lines of Herbalife and Amway.” VanderSloot has long used his wealth to advance numerous right-wing political causes. . . . → Read More: Rusty Idols: Taking on a Revolting Bully
The Montreal Gazette headline is ‘NDP accuses Tony Clement of doctoring Hansard’.
Wow, thinks the reader, that’s a pretty serious allegation, accusing someone of deliberately distorting the public record of Parliament is a big deal. But look, the headline just says he’s just accused of it, so if its just a case of he said, they said… what’s that?
He unambiguously did it? The Gazette article itself confirms he did in fact request that two times he answered in the affirmative to a direct question and said ‘Sure’ when asked if he would release records about G-8
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Murdoch Senior and Junior (and PM David Cameron) are in for a few sleepless nights now that this has happened: Cameron and Coulson Phone hacking was widely discussed at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, according to a reporter who was blamed as th… . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Murdochs: It’s often the cover up that gets you – just ask Tricky Dick