Ethical Oil

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How Doublespeak Is Ruining Our Environment

Millions of dollars have been channeled into framing climate change messages by intentional misuse of language so as to mislead the masses. Unfortunately misleading language is precisely what the fossil fuel industry continues to thrive on; surely "ethical oil" sounds more appealing than tar-sands oil.
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No Foreign Investments Can Tarnish Our Ethical Oil

In the same week that China's National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) applied for federal approval for its takeover of Canadian oil company, Nexen, Kuwait's state-owned company was reported to have signed a deal with Canada's Athabasca Oil Corp. That's two countries, known for poor ethics, buying a piece of the Canadian oil patch. And yet, our oil remains as ethical as ever.
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Refuse to be Silenced

We're asking all Canadians to join us to help preserve two core national values: nature and democracy. Let's keep Canada strong and free. Please visit the websites of your favourite environmental organizations on June 4th to add your voice.

This Budget Could Use Some Green

Just as the Federal Budget spends $8 million to increase the burdens on charities to prove they are staying away from political activities, the oil industry is trying to get Environmental Defence's charitable registration revoked. If the CBC is muzzled by budget cuts, and charities are muzzled or frightened into silence, who will speak up for the environment?

For the Senator: Charities vs. Corporations Explained

Conservative Senator Nicole Eaton is holding hearings into foreign funding of charities engaged in environmental issues, saying that they should disclose their foreign revenue sources, and that they should disclose their political activities. Uh, the thing is, they already do.

EU Picking on Wrong Kid in (Oil) Sand Box

EU delegates are expected to gather this week to vote on a law aimed at discouraging Canadian oil imports, claiming tar sands produce the highest polluting form of oil. Europeans must wise up to the severe harm they'll do themselves, and the world, by leading the charge to punish secure, peaceful, and ethically produced Canadian crude.

A Pipeline to China Was Always Harper's Scheme

When Stephen Harper visits Chinese President Hu Jintao next month, he can rightfully argue that he is now fully engaged helping Beijing get the pipeline it's been after for quite some time, and that he's deploying his best bully-boy tactics to get it.
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Dear Tar Sands: It's Not Me, It's You

The tar sands industry now faces legal challenges from First Nations, low carbon fuel initiatives in California and the EU, opposition to its pipelines in the U.S., in British Columbia, and in Eastern provinces and states. Are all these people crazy? Is it still you, not me?
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Obama Flushes Canadian Interests Down the Pipeline

Everyone sees Obama's decision to stop the Keystone XL pipeline exactly for what it is: an attempt to save his own career. Having failed to impress swing voters with his economic performance, the president has been forced to capitulate to the extreme environmentalist lobby to fund and redeem his re-election bid.
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Joe Oliver's letter to environmentalists

In an open letter to Canadians, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver has delivered the most vigorous and bang-on criticism of radical environmentalist interference we've heard yet from the Government. It is almost certainly the most blunt, honest thing any senior Canadian politician has ever dared to say about the extreme-environmentalist lobby.
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Sunday Roundup: The Week of Smackdowns

First, Canada was smacked down by Russia in the world junior semi-finals; for the first time since 2001, Canada would not play for the gold. Then we had a big smackdown in the blog rail between Vancouver doctor Reka Gustafson and contributor Miranda Frum over whether taxpayers should be paying for crack pipes. Just as the -- what? dust? powder? -- from that was settling, another smackdown started up when Kathryn Marshall of Ethical Oil accused environmental groups of receiving foreign backing to lobby against the Northern Gateway project, upon which hearings will begin this coming week. To which Rick Smith of Environmental Defence Canada replied, essentially, so what? So as you return to work, remember that things could be worse. Even in January. Even in January in Canada. You could be in Mexico...
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The Iranian Oil Hostage Crisis

A world at the mercy of conflict oil is a hostage situation. The Iranian autocrats have declared that if the world continues to bring pressure to bear on them over their illegal nuclear program, they'll choke off world oil supplies by closing off the Strait of Hormuz. In short, that could be disastrous to a world economy that's already perilously fragile.
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Chiquita Slips on its Own PR Banana Peel

If Chiquita thought an oil sands boycott would win the company some easy points in the extremist environmentalist community, executives were instead faced with the disastrous fallout that comes with insulting an ethical nation proud of its respect for human rights, democracy, peace and the environment.

The Twisted Logic, and Ethics, of Nature's Opponents

If conspiracy theorists were truly upset about U.S. influence on Canadian infrastructure, they might also question U.S. industry and foundation funding for organizations such as Canada's right-wing Fraser Institute, which has the same charitable status as the David Suzuki Foundation.