Some of the oil industry's fans have discovered that Americans give us money. And they say this money forced us to talk about the pollution and destruction that come along with tar sands extraction. They think we're ashamed of this. We're not. Let's talk about the real issue.
In the campaign against Northern Gateway, a horde of foreign and foreign-backed groups are teaming up to tell the government we elected that Canada shouldn't go ahead with this project. They'll pretend to speak for Canadians.
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.
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.
Brian Topp is mouthing the language of human rights, but he doesn't actually believe it. Thwarting Canadian oil sands development means protecting the worldwide oil dominance of misogynist, gay-murdering, terror-sponsoring regimes in Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The anti-oil sands agitators know that electricity is a much bigger emitter than the oil sands, but they also know that they won't get much sympathy -- or money -- from the public by going after state utility companies.
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.
The rules of diplomacy say that the Conservative government cannot directly attack Canada's oil competitors -- particularly the ones it finds distasteful -- so did it prime an outside entity to do so?
The move towards a carbon-free future is something we all want. The reason it hasn't arrived yet isn't because of a lack of good intentions or of trying.
The ethical oil campaign often glosses over the price we're paying to develop the tar sands. But how ethical is an industry that destroys our boreal forests, pollutes our water and drives species to extinction? It's time we stop pointing fingers at other countries and take a long hard look at how we are acting in our own backyard.