“Based on science”

Speeches and press releases by Canadian Cabinet Ministers frequently claim that the U.S. will approve the Keystone XL pipeline assuming its decision is based on science and the economic benefits that Keystone will bring to both countries.

Generally the reference to science is followed by other words that belittle environmental objections to tar sands oil.  Ed Fast, Canada’s Trade Minister, employed these verbal strategies in his latest contribution to the public relations battle that Canada is waging in the U.S.  Mr. Fast added:  “We know that environmental politics has played a role in disseminating misinformation of Keystone XL”.

So what is “the science” on which Mr. Fast bases his claim? These speeches and press releases never contain further information.  Possibly the Communications Officers who prepare these releases understand that trying to be specific on science will only create confusion as Ministers, for example Joe Oliver, try to explain what they were talking about.

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