Globe editorial: McGuinty a bad, bad boy for not bowing to Redford’s demands

The Globe calls it an “appeal”. It’s really a demand from Alberta for Ontario to promote the tarsands. Ontario is under no obligation to support a polluting province. There is no proof that Keystone will not further dirty our country. There is no proof that Keystone will add to Canada’s employment roles past a brief, ...

China gets our oil. We get pandas.

Adorable! Ethical Pandas. Slick Stevie Harper in China. “Cute, cuddly results”. Hurry, where’s that kitten? Put it down. We got pandas now. Photos up!

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 ...

Media Matters: US media favoured Keystone XL proponents over opponents by wide margin

No surprise here. With the exceptions of USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, every news outlet included in this study quoted or hosted more people in favor of the pipeline than opposed. That’s just the US media. You can comfortably posit that the coverage in the largely conservative Canadian media to be far more ...

This can’t be good. Newt Gingrich gives shout out to Stephen Harper.

Eww. If you thought Stephen Harper was a little creepy and his methods suspect, you will think even less of our PM after last night’s South Carolina GOP primary. Newt Gingrich, disgraced in so many ways over his career for not just his philandering but his breach of ethics, referenced Harper in his acceptance speech ...

Nancy Pelosi: Keystone XL oil was "always destined for overseas … it wasn’t for domestic consumption."

No surprise here. “If the Republicans cared so much about the Keystone pipeline, they would not have narrowed the president’s options by putting it on the time frame they did,” Pelosi said. “They left him very little choice…. This oil was always destined for overseas. It’s just a question of whether it leaves Canada by ...

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 bragged ...

The Conservative Communist Manifesto: Keystone pipeline edition

fixcas So Obama may balk at the KeystoneXL pipeline, primarily over environmental concerns. How does Harper respond? Without blinking an eye, this leader of ‘ethical’ everything and champion of ‘human rights’ will deal instead with a country rife with human rights abuses and unethical everything. Not only that, China is communist, in case you forgot. ...

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 . . ...

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 of ...

Deep Thought: If Gingrich thinks delaying the Keystone pipeline is "utterly irrational", then it must be totally rational

Because a prudent review of the environmental impact of such a pipeline would be so ‘irrational’. Judging from last night’s GOP debate, any careful consideration on any topic is the sign of ‘weakness’ and a lack of manliness. John Wayne didn’t die, he just manifested himself as the figurehead of the party of stupid. And ...

Commieservative logic: ‘If the US doesn’t jump when we bark, we’ll sell our oil to Communists’

Conservatives call progressives the following on a regular basis: Commies, Socialists, Fascists, Libtards etc. And those are just the nice ones. But when it comes to feeding their faces, all those insults fly out the window. An example in point: if Harper can’t get his way with his beloved USA, he’ll sell his tar to ...

Interesting Canadian Press headline: calls recent US moves ‘anti-Canadian’

I hadn’t heard this before from our media. Has this become a new trope of the media to skew the non-related actions of the US not in favour of Canada? I don’t see how the pipeline decision or the Buy American have specifically targeted Canada; more like they are promoting a more cautious take on ...

A lot of good that ‘ethical oil’ business did for Keystone, eh Ezra?

Hehe. OTTAWA — The stunning Obama administration decision to put the brakes on a major pipeline expansion project linking Canadian oil to Texas refineries suggests the federal government needs to revisit its multimillion-dollar lobbying and marketing strategy to promote Canada as an “ethical” source of energy, observers and industry stakeholders said Friday.  “It clearly didn’t ...

Mother Jones gives Ezra Levant a hot oil message

I don’t think Ezra will get it. With Mr. Levant any publicity, even when you’re being eviscerated, is what being a ‘gadfly‘ is all about. Cross posted at Let Freedom Rain.

Spiegel: The stench of money. Canada’s environment succumbs to tar sands.

One of the better and more personal articles on the damage done to the environment and native heritage by the rush to extract ‘black gold’ from the tar sands in Alberta. Most analysts already assume that Obama will eventually authorize the Keystone XL pipeline. Too many jobs are believed to be on the line, and ...

US State Department permitted company with ties to TransCanada to conduct environmental impact study on KeystoneXL pipeline

In a stunning article today in the New York Times, the US State Department not only looked the other way but approved an environmental impact study of the Keystone XL pipeline to a company that had done business with TransCanada in the past. Of course this company, Cardno Entrix, found no environmental impact from the ...

Canada cannot just change its name like the tar sands did

With the TransCanada debacle now creeping into the headlines, almost exclusively because of the US protests, the word ‘Canada’ is being batted around like a football. It’s being kicked and abused with no end in sight. That is, until US president Obama makes the decision to go ahead or deny. This is the type of ...

TransCanada bedfellows with the US State Department

Wonder things don’t change as much as you’d hoped? Disappointed in Obama and in Canada’s disassociated opposition? It all really comes down to simple things. Money. Messaging. Discipline. The other side’s got all three in spades. You can’t compete against that unless you also bring them to the table. Not gonna happen. So it’s no surprise to ...

Tar-sands pipeline gets support from fake Twitter accounts “to give the illusion of public support.”

I guess to the tar sands people this is what ethical stands for. Sounds about par for the course for these people. What do Astroturf and the Canadian tar sands have in common? They’re both made of petroleum, and now they’ve both got fake grassroots. An employee of the American Petroleum Institute, which supports the ...