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Stephen Harper's War on Science: A long, Unexaggerated, Devastating Chronological Indictment!

Stephen Harper's War on Science: A long, Unexaggerated, Devastating Chronological Indictment! | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it

 

Here is a brief chronology of Canada's current Conservative Government's long campaign to undermine evidence-based scientific, environmental and technical decision-making.

 

It is a government that is beholden to big business, particularly big oil, and that makes every attempt to shape public policy to that end. It is a government that fundamentally doesn’t believe in science. It is a government that is more interested in keeping its corporate masters happy than in protecting the environment.

 

Oh! Canada guess what? This guy is only just getting started!

Canada you were curious about Harper's hidden agenda - well here is and it isn't pretty. 

 

 

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Here's a sampling:

 

Jun 2008. 16 Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly “reclassified” as toxic dump sites for mines

 

Mar 2010. Information restrictions brought in by government have severely restricted the media’s access to government researchers

 

July 2011. Budget cuts to Climate Change and Clean Air, Substance and Waste Management, Weather and Environmental Services, Water Resources and Internal Services, Action Plan on Clean Water, the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan, Chemicals Management Plan, the Clean Air Agenda, the Air Quality Health Index, Species at Risk Program

 

Dec 2011. Withdraw from the Kyoto Accord

 

Feb 2012. Canada threatens trade war with EU over tar sands, over the bloc’s plan to label oil from Alberta’s vast tar sands as highly polluting

 

Mar 2012. Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences closes

 

Mar 2012. Gutting the Fisheries Act

 

Nov 2012. Bill C-45 weakens environmental laws and democracy, such as Navigable Waters Protection Act

 

Mar 2013. $100 million cut from Department of Fisheries & Oceans over three years

 

Just a small sample. Read more click on link above - scienceblog.com

 

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Unfortunately, mankind's intellectual goal is to reach its' lowest common denominator! Unfortunately, we are getting close. Then again, maybe I'm being overly optimistic. "A common thing with the ignorant is to despise what they do not understand." James Leoni, London 1726. "Commune hoc ignorantiae vitium est: quae nescias, nequicquam esse profiteri"

 

 

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Trudeau praises Premier of Alberta - Redford, for Keystone XL Efforts. Slams Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper for not Pushing ‘Critical’ Tar Sands Project!

Trudeau praises Premier of Alberta -  Redford, for Keystone XL Efforts. Slams Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper for not Pushing ‘Critical’ Tar Sands Project! | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it

 

OK here's a guy without any credibility. Canada here is a real good reason to vote Green at the next Federal Election! Imagine using the Tars Sands as a way to promote yourself. Politics scraping the bottom of the barrel! His old man must be spinning in his grave. Fuddle Duddle! Fuddle Duddle!

 

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Trudeau said - "This (federal) government hasn't done a very good job of reassuring either Canadians or our trading partners that we are serious about managing environmental sustainability," Trudeau told reporters after shaking hands with commuters at a downtown Toronto subway station ... 

 

WHAT THE HELL IS TRYING TO SELL HERE?  The Harper Government after gutting Canada's environmental laws and safeguards has nothing to reassure anyone, anywhere WITH as to Canada's record regarding environmental sustainability and responsibility. You can't do more reassuring with nothing to reassure with!

 

This man is shaping up to be Harper's doppelganger!

 

See this:  http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/03/justin-trudeau-alison-redford-keystone_n_3209877.html#slide=2321039

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Top U.S. climate expert calls Harper's Conservatives 'Neanderthals' . Boy, is that being Generous!

Top U.S. climate expert calls Harper's Conservatives 'Neanderthals' . Boy, is that being Generous! | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
Climate change activist James Hansen says Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver's criticism of him shows the Conservative government is desperate and worried the Keystone XL pipeline won't be approved, and he describes its approach to climate...

 

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YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHO is the most credible, a man who is concerned about the welfare of all mankind or a man who bows down daily to Big Oil. And, Big Oil, of course, gives a flying 'you know what' for people's health and welfare. 

 

Canadians should be utterly ashamed of Joe Oliver and his ignorant,  embarrassing antics. A mouth without a brain!

 

 

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Canada’s Abrupt Personality Change! Brain Removed and Replaced with Tar Sands!

Canada’s Abrupt Personality Change! Brain Removed and Replaced with Tar Sands! | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it

Once known for environmental concerns, Canada now lone hold out on important treaties.

 

At a 2008 UN conference to slow the widespread extinction of species Prime Minister Stephen Harper told conference delegates that losing wildlife was an urgent and alarming issue. Then as nearly 190 nations made plans to take action, Canadian delegates blocked those plans with legal and technical manoeuvres.

 

People are asking “what has happened to Canada?”

 

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"Oil wealth has changed the culture of Canada, but there is no discussion about any of this in Canada,” says Alberta journalist Andrew Nikiforuk. To their shame Canada's media have avoided the issue or acted as cheerleaders of the energy sector.

 

What's happening in Canada is the sacrifice of forests, rivers, wetlands and wildlife so one industry can profit by selling Tars Sands products that are polluting the global climate and threatining mankind's existence.

 

What Canada has actually become a leader in is gutting environmental protections and muzzling scientists. Stuffing gags in the mouths of government scientists was among the first things a Stephen Harper minority government did when they were elected in 2006.

 

Click on photo for more.

 

 

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US Secretary of State John Kerry - "The Keystone Pipeline Will Create Only 35 Permanent Jobs and Emit 51 Coal Plants’ Worth Of Carbon!"

US Secretary of State John Kerry - "The Keystone Pipeline Will Create Only 35 Permanent Jobs and Emit 51 Coal Plants’ Worth Of Carbon!" | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
Right now, Kerry has the State Department’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, but if that is all he information he relies on, he won’t get the full picture.
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For the full picture here's a sample:

Reported from Oil Change International -

 

Using industry analysis of carbon emissions from current Tar Sands production, the report says the pipeline will carry and emit 181 million metric tons of CO2 every year. That’s is equivalent to the emissions of more than 37.7 million cars or 51 coal plants.

 

Petcoke, which is a byproduct of the tar sands refining process, is exported for use as a coal substitute. Since petcoke is cheaper than coal, this encourages more coal burning, and therefore more carbon emissions.

 

See this for more: http://priceofoil.org/2013/04/16/cooking-the-books-the-true-climate-impact-of-keystone-xl/

 

 

This is a Must Read:  http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/04/18/new-report-cooking-books-highlights-state-department-s-keystone-xl-miscalculations

 

 

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The Back of Beyond - My Alberta Ruined - Thanks Harper & Company

The Back of Beyond - My Alberta Ruined - Thanks Harper & Company | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it

Scowling Creep! Prime Minister of Canada - Stephen Harper. Reviled around the world for scuttling numerous 'Climate Change' initiatives http://www.glurl.co/KU . Winner of the http://twitpic.com/bam4wq - 'Black Breasted Sludge Pit'  Award for Environmental Stewardship. A man with a 'Hidden Agenda'. Canada under attack by this man. A man who will say anything, do anything to get his 'Hidden Agenda' embedded into the fabric of a once proud nation. A man who uses American 'drive by politics' to assassinate his political opponents. Conspires with Big Oil to steal Indigenous (Native) lands, resources, and heritage http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/pamela-palmater/2012/09/harpers-manifesto-erasing-canadas-indigenous-communities#.UOjOoWJytml.twitter - a Canadian style of 'Ethnic Cleansing' called 'Assimilation'.

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New immigrants to Canada are indifferent to preserving the Canadian environment. Why is that? Please read!

http://welcometothebackofbeyond.weebly.com/index.html

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Harper's Canada Now an Even Bigger Environmental Pariah - Leaving 'Em High And Dry!

Harper's Canada Now an Even Bigger Environmental Pariah - Leaving 'Em High And Dry! | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it

OTTAWA - The Harper government is pulling out of a United Nations convention that fights droughts in Africa and elsewhere, which would make Canada the only country in the world outside the agreement.

 

NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar said the decision "shows ... that the government is clearly outside of what are international norms here.

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Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians said drought is now "a life and death issue" for millions around the world.

 

"Pulling out of these talks is simply the worst thing Canada could do and this is the worst time for the Canadian government to be pulling a stunt like this," Barlow said in an email.

 

The decision could stoke more criticism of the Harper government's record on the environment.

 

Canada, along with Japan, Russia and New Zealand, joined the United States in opting out of the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

 

The government has also faced widespread criticism for muzzling scientists, leading to a recent complaint to the federal information commissioner to look into the matter.

 

 

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Canada on a Secret Oil Offensive: Canada's Foreign Ministry Bullying European Parliamentarians!

Canada on a Secret Oil Offensive: Canada's Foreign Ministry Bullying European Parliamentarians! | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it

The Canadian government has been carrying out a secret plan in Europe to boost investment and keep world markets open for the Alberta Tar Sands, collaborating with 'major oil companies' (AKA Big Oil) and aggressively underminig European environmental measures.

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They appear to have been so aggressive that a European parliamentarian told the Globe and Mail in March that Canada’s lobbying had been “unacceptable.”

 

One of the main targets of the Canadian assault has been a EU energy law—the 'Fuel Quality Directive'—that would slap a dirty label on Tar Sands oil as a way of promoting cleaner transportation fuel in Europe.

 

Canada's pursuit of open markets for its dwindling Manufacturing Sector, however, is also the objective of the ongoing Free-Trade negotiations between Canada and the European Union, which would involve (for Canada) eliminating environmental “barriers” to trade like the 'Fuel Quality Directive'. Canadian negotiators have frequently raised the issue of the 'Fuel Quality Directive' and recent media reports indicate Canada Threatened to scrap any Free Trade agreements if the issue was not resolved to Canada's satisfaction. An effort somewhat akin to shooting oneself in the foot repeatedly.

 

 

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Harper names envoy to 'Deal With' First Nations concerns on Pipelines and Energy

Harper names envoy to 'Deal With' First Nations concerns on Pipelines and Energy | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named an envoy to deal with aboriginal opposition to resource development in Alberta and British Columbia.
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Unadultered Crap! Natives don't have 'concerns' - they have real 'Fears' about the effects pipelines will have on land, water, air, Coastal waters, and native independence.

 

Get this: Oliver said, "This will not be dialogue for dialogue's sake, but dialogue in search of solutions. We don't want another process. We want a product."

 

Who is this thug that talks like that?

 

Sounds like a threatening statement to me! Sounds like a one way dialogue. Harper speaks, aboriginals listen!

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Keystone: Mulcair tells Americans Harper government playing them for Fools!

Keystone: Mulcair tells Americans Harper government playing them for Fools! | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
In meetings with U.S.lawmakers and business executives, Tom Mulcair is telling Americans the Canadian government is “playing people for fools” by claiming that its environmental record is world class...
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Americans Fools? Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada thinks so.

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Harper's manifesto: Erasing Canada's Indigenous Communities

Harper's manifesto: Erasing Canada's Indigenous Communities | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
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... as your "Canada" slowly becomes a dictatorship led by a rogue Prime Minister who is obsessed with power, Canadian laws, rules, and regulations are breached with impunity. Everything from elections, ethics, budgets, and legislation are manipulated without regard for the rule of law. The damage done by these renegade Conservatives is already so severe that analysts feel it will take years to undo the harm. 

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Harper and the Environment are Like Oil and Water

Harper and the Environment are Like Oil and Water | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
The Harper government is waging war on Canada's fresh water.
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Get this! The Fisheries Act, which made it a criminal offence to pollute or destroy fish and fish habitat in Canada, and the only federal water protection law with teeth, is being gutted. Already, the Harper government allows the mining industry to apply to have healthy fish-bearing bodies of water to be renamed "tailings impoundment areas" and thus no longer subject to protection of the The Canadian Fisheries Act.

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Canada's environmental activists seen as 'threat to national security'

Canada's environmental activists seen as 'threat to national security' | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
Police and security agencies describe green groups' protests and petitions as 'forms of attack', documents reveal
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... there was real anger among Canadians about the degradation of the natural environment by oil, gas and other extractive industries and governments working for those industries and not in the public interest.

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A Black Mountain of Canadian Oil Waste Is Rising Over Detroit! Tar Sands - A Gift that Keeps on Giving.

A Black Mountain of Canadian Oil Waste Is Rising Over Detroit! Tar Sands - A Gift that Keeps on Giving. | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it

Canadians in Windsor, Ontario, annoyed with Detroit because their view is being polluted by a pile of Koch Brother's Tar Sands Waste - PET COKE. 

 

"WINDSOR, Ontario — Assumption Park gives residents of this city lovely views of the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit skyline. Lately they’ve been treated to another sight: a three-story pile of petroleum coke covering an entire city block on the other side of the Detroit River."

 

“Here’s a little bit of Alberta,” said Brian Masse, one of Windsor’s Parliament members. “For those that thought they were immune from the oil sands and the consequences of them, we’re now seeing up front and center that we’re not.”

 

See 'theguardian'  Detroit's Mountains of Petroleum Coke are 'Dirtier than the Dirtiest Fuel'! 

 

Sample: 

It was the dirty secret of Alberta's tar sands – until the black mountain of petroleum coke on the banks of the Detroit River grew to occupy an entire city block three storeys high.

 

Now it could become a familiar feature at storage yards and water fronts across the country as the oil industry in the US and Canada struggles to deal with a glut of waste from Alberta's tar sands production.

 

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/07/detroit-petroleum-coke-dirty-keystone

 

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"We fear the storage of petroleum coke along the river poses a potential threat to water and air quality. The material may contain trace amounts of metal and could have damaging health impacts if fugitive dust enters the air. Petroleum coke that enters the water may continue to frustrate efforts to prevent contamination from runoff," according to the letter.

See complete article:

 

http://www.freep.com/article/20130313/NEWS01/303130118/Growing-mounds-of-petroleum-coke-raise-fears-along-Detroit-River

 

Dennis Nordmoe, executive director of Urban Neighborhood Initiatives in Detroit, said he worries about the potential for dust that would travel east, and that it is not "acceptable to be a bad neighbor" to Canada.

 

In Windsor, residents are up in arms about potential pollution from the massive piles.

 

"The whole community is upset," said Pat Noonan, 82, a member of the environmental group Windsor On Watch. "Air is air; it's not where you live."

 

Reports from around the US suggests piles of this stuff is popping up all over the country!

 

Sample Comment from America: 

 

Canadians are becoming the worst neighbors on earth under their thug-king, Harper, who is basically Bush-light. To let the sociopathic Koch brothers decide anything in this country is a major piece of stupid.

 

 

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What is the ultimate in individual 'Free Will'? Choosing 'Common Sense' over Socially Prescribed Ignorance. "A common thing with the ignorant is to despise what they do not understand." James Leoni, London 1726.

 

 

 

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Canada - If the $30 Billion We (Canadians) Will Give the Tar Sands Operators Went to Green Energy ...

Canada - If the $30 Billion We (Canadians) Will Give the Tar Sands Operators Went to Green Energy ... | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it

Many Canadians will be surprised to learn they are paying more than half of the cost for all the natural gas consumed at the Alberta Tar Sands through tax and royalty write-offs -- $1.7 billion this year alone.

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One example - In the following ten years a $30 billion investment could help Canada become a global solar leader.  Solar PV capacity in Canada costs about $5 per watt and is declining by about 10 per cent annually. Assuming a cost of $4.5/W over the next 10 years, Canada could install approximately 6,700 MW of distributed solar energy capacity by the end of the decade -- about double the capacity of the current number-two nation in the world. According to industry figures, this investment would also create around 180,000 jobs in the Canadian solar sector -- an increase of 6,500 per cent.

 

SO ... THE HARPER GOVERNMENT IS HANDSOMELY PAYING THE OIL COMPANIES (Through Tax and Royalty Write-offs) TO DESECRATE THE CANADIAN LANDSCAPE. IN THE LONG RUN THIS 'GIVE AWAY' EFFECTIVELY BLOCKS CANADIAN CITIZEN'S ACCESS TO GREEN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES. THUS, EFFECTIVELY DENYING CANADIANS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN BEING RESPONSIBLE, PRODUCTIVE, AND PROUD CITIZENS OF THE WORLD.

 

Please click on - From thetyee.ca at top of page for complete story.

 

 

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Canadian Tar Sands Oil Minister Joe Oliver Attacks Prominent American Scientist James Hansen

Canadian Tar Sands Oil Minister Joe Oliver Attacks Prominent American Scientist James Hansen | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it

 

Canadian Politician says American Scientist should be 'ashamed' of his 'exaggerated rhetoric' on exploitation of the Tar Sands

 

Joe Oliver and other Harper (Prime Minister of Canada) henchmen have effectively hog tied and gagged Canadian Scientists and now they are going after American Scientists as well. See:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/02/20/science-muzzled-scientists-information-commissioner.html?cmp=rss

 

If I were an American I wouldn't take crap like that from this clown. This is the guy that tried to convince Americans that the Alberta Tar Sands were an 'Green Alternative'. Thinks America  just fell off a 'Turnip Truck'.

 

Harper's government has being involved in similar tactics in Europe as well. See:   http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/3991

 

Lusk Creek Rider's insight:

 

It's not clear why Oliver was so vehement. The minister launched his attack on Hansen just 48 hours after a report from the Environmental Protection Agency essentially reaffirmed the climate scientist's concerns about the development of the Tar Sands.

 

The EPA said developing the Tar Sands would indeed have a negative impact on the environment, releasing as much as an additional 935 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere over the next 50 years. Note: This figure does not reflect the burning of this material in cars and trucks. The total green house emissions involved would contribute hugely to a Runaway Climate Catastrophe

 

 

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Earth Day 2013 David Johnston - Canadians don’t be ‘Plunderers of the Earth’

Earth Day 2013 David Johnston - Canadians don’t be ‘Plunderers of the Earth’ | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
In a statement released by his office, Gov.-Gen. David Johnston said Canadians 'are bound together by a shared love of the land.... It would be a grave error to take all this for granted'

 

 

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OTTAWA — The governor general delivered an unusually blunt environmental message for Earth Day Monday, calling on Canadians not be “plunderers of the earth.”

 

Gov.-Gen. David Johnston said Canadians “are bound together by a shared love of the land — the ocean coasts, tall mountains, open fields, quiet forests and frozen tundra that compose Canada’s rugged and majestic landscape. “It would be a grave error to take all this for granted.”

 

... let us aspire to be curators rather than plunderers of this earth. Our children will thank us for it.”

 

 

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Canada's 'Ethical Oil' Claim Intentionally Misleads!

Canada's 'Ethical  Oil' Claim Intentionally Misleads! | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it

There's nothing ethical about Canada's "ethical oil."

 

Gordon Laxer a Canadian Political Economy Professor calls the ethical oil argument "a massive re-branding effort" by the oil industry to bury the "dirty oil'' moniker used by critics.

 

"What's ethical about tar sands oil that produces three times the greenhouse gases as conventional oil?" he asks. What's ethical about using three barrels of water for every barrel of tar sands oil? What's ethical about devouring two tonnes of earth for every barrel of tar sands oil?

 

Lusk Creek Rider's insight:

All of Canada's newfound oil and gas wealth has ended up hurting most Canadians, as documented in Canada's Illusory Oil Riches http://sgnews.ca/2013/04/07/canadas-illusory-oil-riches/

 

Today Canadians are growing poorer — one in seven children lives in poverty — and families hold enormous personal debts. Last year for every $100 earned, Canadian households spent $165. This is the highest debt ratio in Canadian history.

 

While Canada's GDP has nearly tripled in the last 15 years, more than half a million manufacturing jobs vanished largely due to the high Canadian Petro Dollar. All the years of sacrifice Canadian consumers endured to keep the dollar low for the benefit of the Canadian Manufacturing Industry has been wasted. Thanks Harper and Big Oil.

 

On the evening of April 17, 2013 an oil industry spokesman from Calgary (David Collyer President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) said that Jobs were more important than any fair consideration for the Environment. This is a sacrifice that Canadians must make for Jobs he implied. Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper's agenda for the Oil industry has essentially gutted manufacturing in Ontario. These comments were made on the TVO program The Agenda with Steve Paikin. http://theagenda.tvo.org/

 

David Collyer seems to think digging a hole in the Planet the size of England and filling it with a slurry of toxic sludge is an acceptable trade off for Jobs.

 

 

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Canada Compared To North Korea Over Drought Convention Withdrawal! A Rogue Outlier Nation!

Canada Compared To North Korea Over Drought Convention Withdrawal! A Rogue Outlier Nation! | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
Green Party leader Elizabeth May is calling out the Harper government after it was revealed this week that Canada has withdrawn from a United Nations convention that fights drought.
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United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification works to battle the effects of drought around the globe, with emphasis on African nations. The withdrawal makes Canada the only UN member country not taking part in the convention, which Ottawa ratified in 1995.

 

"Canada continues to be a country that pushes other countries to do less. Our role is not just an embarrassment, it's reckless and brings our once good national reputation into disrepute," May said last November as nations met to negotiate a new agreement.

 

She also said that Canada had decided to "sabotage global agreements" and that we'd done "far more damage to the global climate through obstructing negotiations, through twisting arms to try to keep India from taking on targets, to try to stop global progress, than we have ever done through the volume of our emissions."

 

Robert Fowler, a former Canadian ambassador to the UN, said Canada's abandonment of the convention amounted to a "departure from global citizenship."

 

"It has taken climate-change denial, the abandonment of collective efforts to manage global crises and disregard of the pain and suffering of the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa (among many others) to quite a different level," Fowler said in an email.

 

Maud Barlow said the Harper government is "anti-environment" and is more interested in exploiting Canada's mineral and energy wealth as an "energy superpower."

 

"That's why they're shutting down all evidence and all research and any international institutions that can provide more information on what this is about."

 

 

 

 

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EXCLUSIVE: US State Department Hid Contractor's Ties to Keystone XL Pipeline Company! Shell Oil, Koch Industries, and Chevron Oil Write State Departments Report on Keystone XL Pipeline!

EXCLUSIVE: US State Department Hid Contractor's Ties to Keystone XL Pipeline Company!  Shell Oil, Koch Industries, and  Chevron Oil Write State Departments Report on Keystone XL Pipeline! | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
A top expert who helped write the government's latest Keystone report previously consulted on three different TransCanada projects—a fact the State Department tried to hide.
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Late on a Friday afternoon in early March, the State Department released a 2,000-page draft report downplaying the environmental risks of the northern portion of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would pump oil from Canada's Tar Sands to refineries in Texas, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. But when it released the report, State hid an important fact from the public: Experts who helped draft the report had previously worked for TransCanada, the company looking to build the Keystone pipeline, and other energy companies poised to benefit from Keystone's construction.

 

The contractor that produced the bulk of the report was Environmental Resources Management (ERM), an international consulting firm. 

 

ERM employees who contributed to State's Keystone report—and whose prior work historys were hidden or redacted—previously worked for Shell Oil; a third worked as a consultant for Koch Gateway Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Koch Industries. Shell and Koch* have a significant financial interest in the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. ERM itself has worked for Chevron, which is heavily invested in Canadian tar sands extraction ...

 

 

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Oliver’s spin fails to cover the Dismal Record on Oil Tanker Safety!

Oliver’s spin fails to cover the Dismal Record on Oil Tanker Safety! | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
“Joe Oliver’s ‘world class’ statement on tanker safety yesterday fits neatly within a clear pattern of spin-before-substance,” said Green Party Leader
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This is more than just Spin! It's obviously lying plain and simple! This man is another henchman of Stephen Harper's select gang of evironmental thugs. Say anything, do anything to advance the Harper Agenda!

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'Aligned' With Pipeline Lobby

'Aligned' With Pipeline Lobby | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The federal natural resources minister and the industry lobby group that represents oil and gas pipelines are "aligned on priorities, particularly on the need to expand markets," according to an internal government memo.The document,...
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The Truth! What is being proposed here by the Canadian Conservative Government is a gigantic hole the size of England being blasted out of the Canadian Province of Alberta's landscape. What will be left for posterity and future generations is a toxic landscape from Hell! Further to this travesty a huge Carbon Bomb will be set off that very well may Kill the Planet. Are these people stupid or what?

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Ottawa pitches the oil sands as ‘green’

Ottawa pitches the oil sands as ‘green’ | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
Joe Oliver touts Canada’s overall environmental record in Chicago speech promoting controversial Keystone XL pipeline project
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Americans stupid? Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver thinks so!

 

Will say anything, do anything to advance the Harper Agenda! No shame! A mouth without a brain!

 

 

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Energy Industry Wanted Environmental Law Changes And Got Them

Energy Industry Wanted Environmental Law Changes And Got Them | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
A letter obtained by Greenpeace through access to information laws and passed on to the CBC reveals the oil and gas industry was granted its request that the federal government change a series of environmental laws to advance "both economic growth...
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The letter specifically mentions six laws that relate to the oil and gas industry's ability to do its work:

 

- National Energy Board Act.

- Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

- Fisheries Act.

- Navigable Waters Protection Act.

- Species at Risk Act.

- Migratory Birds Convention Act.

 

Of course the Laws that Canadian governments passed many years ago to protect the citizens of Canada are now deemed by the Harper Government bad for the Oil and Gas guys. Laws designed specifically for Big Oil trump the well being of Canadians. What Big Oil wants Harper happily hands over!

 

On Jan. 9, 2012 (less than one month after the letter was written), Oliver wrote an open letter accusing environmentalists and other "radical groups" of undermining the Canadian economy.   

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Why I Returned My Queen Elizabeth Medal of Honor

Why I Returned My Queen Elizabeth Medal of Honor | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper | Scoop.it
A letter to Canada’s Governor General explains why Maude Barlow–together with Idle No More–are speaking out against the country’s new environmental rules.
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... two omnibus bills by the Harper government that gutted environmental protections in Canada. These bills, C-38 and C-45, have made drastic and destructive changes to freshwater protection in Canada. At the clear behest of the energy industry, which outlined the changes it wanted in a letter to the Prime Minister, these omnibus bills destroyed the Fisheries Act, basically now only protecting fish of commercial value (but not their habitat). They killed the Navigable Waters Protection Act, stripping federal government protections for 99 percent of lakes and rivers in Canada. Major pipelines and interprovincial power lines now have the green light to cross over and under more than 31,000 lakes and 2.25 million rivers without federal scrutiny.

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