Truth in Advertizing?

A few days ago our blog, A half-truth? or A suppressed truth?, questioned the accuracy of statements made by Canadian politicans. Government ministers have claimed that environmental issues relating to the exploitation of the tar sands and particularly the construction of pipelines to carry its bitumen to market would be determined by “science”, and not politics.

Our blog concluded:

“The reality is that pipeline decision is based on politics, the politics of perceived economic and regional interests. A political strategy that ignores science!”

In an article by Eric Reguly in Saturday’s Globe & Mail (May 12th), entitled “Canada’s $207,000 oil sands ad: Putting a price on deception” refers to an extreme example of just how far the “politics” of the Canadian Government will go. His article is a must read.

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Ambassador Doer Defends the Tar Sands

The Keystone battle is at a decisive stage.  So, like many environmental organizations, we are stepping up our campaign against this infrastructure that will deliver the carbon bomb of tar sands bitumen!

Last October we commented on a sales pitch for Keystone XL from Gary Doer, the Canadian Ambassador in Washington. We invited his response to our blog and promised to reprint any reply. Here is the full text of the Ambassador’s response.

Like many answers to Parliamentary questions the Ambassador’s reply recites a lot of background “facts”.  It includes the assertion “The oils sands operate on a closed water cycle”, and goes on to explain that “none of the produced water is released back into the environment”.

He might have believed this when he wrote his reply, but recent research reported on the CBC and in the Globe and Mail has showed that this is incorrect – as we have pointed out in this articleHow ironic that the tar sands advocates insist that their case is based on “facts” but they can’t get the facts straight!

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Tar Sands Toxins

Research in 2010 by Dr. David Schindler, a leading environmental scientist previously employed by the Alberta Government, established that tar sands contaminants were present in a large area around the mines.  The Alberta Government criticized his findings on the ground of bias and professional credibility.  The principal reason for this criticism was that the contaminants he identified in his research could equally be naturally occurring.

Now a recent report from the Federal Government scientists corroborates Dr. Schindler’s findings.  The report concludes that the tar sands mines and tailing ponds are in fact the source of contaminants.

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The Latest Sales Pitch for Keystone XL

The US Hill Times carried this headline: Canadian Ambassador: Path through Energy Independence is through Keystone XL.

(Photo Courtesy of TransCanada Pipeline, the backer of Keystone XL)

4RG has previously commented how the Canadian Embassy has been tasked with the job of selling Keystone. So our Ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer, has no choice but to do so. Our problem is with the accuracy of statements he made in his sales pitch.

In the course of his presentation Doer was asked whether Canada was prepared to clean up the carbon intensity of the Alberta “oil sands” in an effort to ease environmentalist’s concern. Doer replied:

“Canada is already doing that. . . . . We care about cleaner air and cleaner water and we have started on the oil and gas industry in reducing carbon intensity.”

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Every second, every minute, every hour!

Do you ever get curious about what liquids are seeping/spilling from the tailing ponds that receive effluent from the tar sands? Right now there is steady seepage from leaks from Canadian Natural Resources Limited sites that apparently cannot be stopped. Since they are not a disastrous blowout these leaks are not in the public eye. …

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