Shills and Touts

When did Joe Oliver (“our”minister of Natural Resources) commit to become the tout for the tar sands and its necessary utility, the Keystone XL pipeline?  One cannot be certain but, by July 5 of 2012, the Minister and the fossil fuel industry had agreed on “priorities”, including the need for “expanding markets”.  That was the day that Oliver met with five members of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association in Calgary.

Keith Stewart, a researcher with Greenpeace, obtained a Government memo through an Access to Information demand.  This memo confirmed that the parties aligned on priorities at the July 5th meeting .

Stewart notes that the Government has not yet brought in the regulations for the tar sands, something that was first promised by the Conservatives in 2008. He states:

“This is an industry that has an actual environmental performance problem. But both government and industry treat it as a public relations problem … as if they can buy their way towards having a social licence.”

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Canada’s Travelling Salesman: Part 2

We have said that Canada’s Energy Minister, Joe Oliver, is too closely associated with the fossil fuel companies that the Minister’s department is supposed to regulate.  We suspect that the failure of his department, coupled with a lack of pressure from Environment Canada to regulate the tar sands, is attributable to this coziness.

Oliver’s extravagant compliments of the tar sands as part of his  sales pitch to US businesses to press for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline demonstrate this near unity of interest between the regulator and the regulated industry.

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Canada’s Travelling Salesman

This week our Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, is visiting Chicago and Houston on a sales pitch to US business.

The subject of his pitch?  the Keystone XL pipeline that will carry tar sands bitumen across the US border on its way to refineries in Texas. His goal is to put political pressure on President Obama and his administration to approve the Keystone XL project.

First, he minimized the contribution that extraction of bitumen makes to world GHG emissions.  He did not mention that the tar sands are and will continue to be one of the world’s top producers of GHG.

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Pointing the Finger at Canada!

The recent Washington demonstration against the Keystone XL Pipeline caused a reaction from the Conservative Government in Canada, which is offended that U.S. environmentalists would point the finger at Canada’s tar sands as a blameworthy source of GHG emissions.  In Canada we tend to be resentful of US criticism of our national policies.   In rejecting the criticism …

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Greenpeace Canada blows a whistle!

We have reported on the fate of our December 17th 2011 petition on Renewable Energy.  The title to our blog says it all:  Feds short change Renewable Energy. We were a little chagrined that the response from Joe Oliver, The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, was so short on substance.  Although we assumed that the Minister …

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The Feds short change Renewable Energy

At the close of the 2011 fall sitting of Parliament, John Carmichael, the MP for Don Valley West, presented the ForourGrandchildren petition on renewable energy requesting the Government of Canada to: Take immediate steps to develop in cooperation with the Provinces of Canada a national policy on Renewable Energy, with the goal of presenting to the Parliament …

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Hey Minister Oliver!

ForourGrandchildren recommends that you make a point of visiting your MP and letting him/her know where you stand on climate change.   Add that if you don’t see progress in protecting the environment against the consequence of fossil fuel consumption, you will be working and voting against the Conservatives at the next election. You can question your member …

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