Thursday, June 19, 2014
Martha Hall Findlay's Ghastly Paean to the Northern Gateway Pipeline
Well I see Martha Hall Findlay has wasted no time soaking up the ethos of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. Or the oily fumes.
And has penned a passionate paean to the Northern Gateway pipeline.
Every nation-building project in Canada has required negotiation, balance and compromise: Northern Gateway is no exception. You don’t build a nation by saying “No”. You need to ask “How".
And although I was inclined to ignore it, because I've heard it all before in those oil company ads we are endlessly bombarded with in this country.
Because we are going to be hearing even more of those greasy arguments now, and it will be important to counter them.
I thought I would draw up a list of my talking points:
(1) Northern Gateway is not a nation-building program. It's a plan to enrich Alberta while other Canadians settle for lousy low wage jobs.
In the ruins of the factories the Dutch Disease helped destroy...
It's not a nation-building program it's a nation-busting one.
(2) There has been no negotiation, balance or compromise, in the process leading up to the approval of the pipeline. The fix was in from the beginning, the process was a sham. And what doesn't Martha understand about no means NO?
(3) Our social programs do not depend on the oil industry which makes up only about 15 per cent of our economy, creates jobs only in Alberta.
And this is crazy:
We can, and should, become the world leader in the technologies for spill prevention, spill containment and remediation, both land and sea.
Because we shouldn't be aiming to be world leaders in cleaning up the mess the oil industry makes. Even if it is a profitable business.
We should be trying to protect the pristine environment of places like BC, and aiming to be world leaders in green industry development, which will provide the jobs of the future.
(4) At a time when climate change is the greatest threat humanity faces, we should not be asking HOW to expand the out of control development of the Tar Sands, we should be asking WHY?
Why should we be proud of helping to torch the planet in the name of short-term greed?
And have those oil pimps no shame?
Like their deranged leader....
And his friends in the MSM.
Or the University of Calgary.
But yes, the next time Martha Hall Findlay pens one of her ghastly paeans to the Northern Gateway Pipeline, may I suggest that she add some background music.
To make it even more ringing, or jarring.
Like the soundtrack from this movie....
Because trust me Martha.
We do get the message...
We're just not buying it.
Because it is time to draw the line.
It is time to ask WHY?
And of course, it is time to join in a real nation-building project.
And defeat this ghastly leader...
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