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DeSmogBlog: U.S. Republican Koch oil billionaires help fund the Fraser Institute. Why the Fraser Institute?

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Authored by Jenny Uechi, originally published at Vancouver Observer. Re-posted with permisison. 

U.S. libertarian oil billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch have poured at least half a million dollars into The Fraser Institute over the last few years. In case you haven't been following their trail, here's a bit about them: 

If . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: U.S. Republican Koch oil billionaires help fund the Fraser Institute. Why the Fraser Institute?

Harpes spreading through Conservative party. Epidemic proportions.

Harpes symptoms: sweaty, fidgety, guilty looking as hell, overcompensating denials

Harpes [har-peez]

noun Conservative Pathology

1. Blistering dishonesty, festering corruption, uninhibited contagion among Conservatives.

2. Most prevalent among those closest to Prime Minister Harper (Vic Toews, Dean Del Mastro). Also known to infect Conservative rap duos (Easy-E and K-Mart). Older

DeSmogBlog: Ethical Oil: The Puppet Rap

It's time for Friday funnies, and the top hit today is Ethical Oil: the Puppet Rap, which first popped up over at The Tyee.

It's a foul-mouthed, satirical music video remix of Kathryn Marshall's ridiculous PR gymnastics to avoid answering a basic question from CBC's Evan Solomon whether Enbridge funds the Ethical Oil Institute. The . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Ethical Oil: The Puppet Rap

Ethical Oil: the Puppet Rap

Kathryn Marshall has been kept under wraps since her infamous meltdown on Power & Politics. Sure she’s popped up on the typical wingnut welfare orgs like FrumPost and most likely Sun Media but as far as the non-state broadcasting orgs, not much.

Marshall may have been put on ice but that hasn’t stopped pranksters from . . . → Read More: Ethical Oil: the Puppet Rap

DeSmogBlog: Jim Hoggan Op-Ed in Vancouver Sun: Who Gets A Say In Our Democracy?

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Jim Hoggan, DeSmogBlog co-founder and president, has an op-ed in the Vancouver Sun today discussing the "ethical oil" crowd's attacks on democracy in the Enbridge Northern Gateway public hearings. Head over to the Vancouver Sun to read it: "Who gets a say in our democracy?"

Here is an excerpt . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Jim Hoggan Op-Ed in Vancouver Sun: Who Gets A Say In Our Democracy?

Enemygate: Harper’s divisive politics

Margaret Atwood has dubbed it ‘Enemygate’. ForestEthics whistleblower Andrew Frank accuses Harper of bullying tactics. John Bennett of the Sierra Club frets that this is “a scary time for Canadian democracy”. With the Prime Minister calling any opposition to his pet Keystone project, “enemy of the Government of Canada”, the lines have been drawn. The . . . → Read More: Enemygate: Harper’s divisive politics

Obama’s decision on Keystone XL a slap in the face of Harper

And, oh yeah almost forgot to tell ya, about that Keystone boondoggle …

I doubt that Stephen Harper or the Conservative agenda factored one bit in the Obama administration’s decision to scrap postpose the Keystone XL pipeline decision – at least until 2014 – but it sure does not look good for our PM’s much . . . → Read More: Obama’s decision on Keystone XL a slap in the face of Harper

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 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Unaccountable Oil: Is Enbridge Already Polluting the Canadian (Political) Environment?

deSmog Blog: Enbridge chair and six of 12 directors are American

Talk about your foreign influence!

But according to a secret source (okay: it’s the company website), Enbridge Chair David Arledge and six of the 12 Enbridge directors are (everyone get ready to gasp in unison): AMERICANS!

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!

Huffington Post’s Kathryn Marshall has meltdown on Power & Politics. Goes viral. UPDATED

When I looked yesterday afternoon at the now famous Kathryn Marshall Ethical Oil freakout on youtube, the hits were just 6,000. It’s now well over 26,000 and quickly rising. Word has been blazing around the web, snaking its way into the States where amused commenters are comparing Marshall’s clueless and belligerent approach to that . . . → Read More: Huffington Post’s Kathryn Marshall has meltdown on Power & Politics. Goes viral. UPDATED

Huffington Post’s Kathryn Marshall meltdown on Power & Politics goes viral

It took awhile but when I looked this afternoon at the now famous Kathryn Marshall Ethical Oil freakout on youtube, the hits were just 6,000. It’s now over 14,000 and rising. Word has been blazing around the web, snaking its way into the States, where amused commenters are comparing Marshall’s clueless and belligerent approach to . . . → Read More: Huffington Post’s Kathryn Marshall meltdown on Power & Politics goes viral

Leftist Jab: Kathryn Marshall Makes Sexist Comment On Twitter

She is one angry, angry woman. Kathryn Marshall, the Ethical Oil blog spokeswoman, has been getting negative feedback from her appearance on Power and Politics. If her goal was that of parroting the same talking points over and over again; refusing to answer simple questions; and deliberately interrupting the other guest just to be obnoxious, . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Kathryn Marshall Makes Sexist Comment On Twitter

DeSmogBlog: Cozy Ties: Astroturf ‘Ethical Oil’ and Conservative Alliance to Promote Tar Sands Expansion

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As the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project Joint Review Panel begins hearing over 4,000 comments submitted by community members, First Nations, governments, and environmental groups, the tar sands front group EthicalOil.org has launched its latest PR offensive in support of the pipeline. OurDecision.ca, the new astroturf ad campaign, is . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Cozy Ties: Astroturf ‘Ethical Oil’ and Conservative Alliance to Promote Tar Sands Expansion

350 or bust: Alberta Oil Sands Crude: Not As Conflict-Free As “Ethical Oil” Proponents Wish

* Yesterday I posted a clip from Power & Politics where EthicalOil.org’s spokesperson Kathryn Marshall happily sprayed paranoid, inflammatory rhetoric around the room about how “environmentalists” who are speaking out against the Northern Gateway Pipeline are funded by “foreign” interests while clamming up about whether or not her group gets funding from the oil industry . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Alberta Oil Sands Crude: Not As Conflict-Free As “Ethical Oil” Proponents Wish

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: ethical oil spokesperson refuses to answer the basic question about whether enbridge gives them cash.

Interviewed on CBC’s Power and Politics, Ethical Oil spokesperson Kathryn Marshall refused to answer the basic question about whether Enbridge is providing financial support to her group. Ms. Marshall has been ruthlessly criticizing environmental groups for their opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipeline, which Enbridge wants to build.

The interview, which you can watch . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: ethical oil spokesperson refuses to answer the basic question about whether enbridge gives them cash.

Leftist Jab: Heroin, Foreign Groups And Large Pipes: The Kathryn Marshall Story

Pictured: Kathryn Marshall who, upon seeing this photo, will be embarrassed only by the CBC logo above.

I can’t help it. When I think of laying pipe, I think of Kathryn Marshall.

That’s in no small part due to the fact that as Ethical Oil’s spokeswoman, she’s a big proponent of Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Heroin, Foreign Groups And Large Pipes: The Kathryn Marshall Story

Why is Ethical Oil too terrified to confirm if it is funded by Enbridge or not? UPDATED with video.

"Don't ask me hard questions. I'm a student!"

Wow. Just wow. Yesterday, I watched Power & Politics with Huffington Post’s Kathryn Marshall debating the Northern Gateway hearings with a representative from the Sierra Club. What was so amazing is that every time host Evan Solomon correctly asked if Enbridge was funding Ethical Oil, . . . . → Read More: Why is Ethical Oil too terrified to confirm if it is funded by Enbridge or not? UPDATED with video.

Ethical Oil? Puhleeze!

I just finished watching Inside Politics with Evan Solomon. In this episode, he’s speaking with John Bennett of the Sierra Club and Kathryn Marshall of Ethical (sic) Oil. I turned off the player about 8 minutes in. Ms. Marshall was too much for me. And I mean it. Too. Much. Arrogant. Rude. Repetitive. As one . . . → Read More: Ethical Oil? Puhleeze!

Why is Ethical Oil so terrified of confirming if it is funded by Enbridge?

Wow. Just wow. Watched Power & Politics with Huffington Post’s Kathryn Marshall representing Ethical Oil debating with a representative from the Sierra Club foreign involvement in the Northern Gateway hearings. What was so amazing is that every time host Evan Solomon correctly asked if Enbridge was funding Ethical Oil, Marshall would loudly filibuster the question, . . . → Read More: Why is Ethical Oil so terrified of confirming if it is funded by Enbridge?

Next time some ‘Ethical Oil’ salesperson gives you the ‘foreign influence’ bunk on the pipeline hearings, mention Alison’s post on the subject at Creekside

I watched in mild horror ’Question Period’ yesterday. Horror, not because CTV is too cheap to broadcast the show in HD, but because of the nonsense delivered on behalf of Alberta’s ‘Ethical Oil’ lobby by Huffington Post’s Kathryn Marshall. Her spiel was more about trying to trap Eric Swanson of Dogwood Initiative with circuitous and . . . → Read More: Next time some ‘Ethical Oil’ salesperson gives you the ‘foreign influence’ bunk on the pipeline hearings, mention Alison’s post on the subject at Creekside

Next time some ‘Ethical Oil’ salesperson gives you the ‘foreign influence’ bunk on the pipeline hearings, mention Alison’s post on the subject at Creekside

I watched in mild horror ‘Question Period’ yesterday. Horror, not because CTV is too cheap to broadcast the show in HD, but because of the nonsense delivered on behalf of Alberta’s ‘Ethical Oil’ lobby by Huffington Post’s Kathryn Marshall. Her spiel was more about trying to trap Eric Swanson of Dogwood Initiative with circuitous and . . . → Read More: Next time some ‘Ethical Oil’ salesperson gives you the ‘foreign influence’ bunk on the pipeline hearings, mention Alison’s post on the subject at Creekside

Jymn’s half-assed Predictions for 2012

Occupy will stay underground and grow its infrastructure and goals. More and more organizations and individuals will pledge allegiance to the movement. The media will interpret this lack of visibility to the failure of Occupy and continue to treat supporters as dirty fucking hippies. The year of Occupy will have to wait until . . . . . → Read More: Jymn’s half-assed Predictions for 2012

LFR’s half-assed predictions for 2012

Occupy will stay underground and grow its infrastructure and goals. More and more organizations and individuals will pledge allegiance to the movement. The media will interpret this lack of visibility to the failure of Occupy and continue to treat supporters as dirty fucking hippies. The year of Occupy will have to wait until 2013. Instead . . . → Read More: LFR’s half-assed predictions for 2012

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: the hypocrisy of ethical oil’s chiquita banana boycott.

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If you have been paying any attention to Canadian politics on Twitter or have tuned into any of the Sun Media outlets over the past few days, you will have undoubtably noticed that the greenwashing website “Ethical Oil” has launched the Great Canadian Banana Boycott. Reacting to the Chiquita company’s decision . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: the hypocrisy of ethical oil’s chiquita banana boycott.