Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Stephen Harper and the Big Oil Tour
Oh. My. Doggy. I see Stephen Harper has begun his annual tour of the north with the first of many absurd photo-ops.
But at least this time the tour isn't about guarding our Arctic sovereignty, or defending it from the Russians, or stopping the ice from melting.
It's all about Big Oil.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper suggested Monday the pace of oil and gas development in the North could increase exponentially in the coming years and that could feed money into the local and national economies.
Or as Harper put it: “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”
Which is just as well since our sovereignty is as unguarded as it ever has been. And Great True North Leader might have trouble explaining this one.
Or why he believes that funding research is a waste of money, and the truth is inconvenient.
Documents filed with the National Energy Board show the environmental review panel studying the Northern Gateway project asked Fisheries and Oceans Canada for risk assessments for the bodies of water the proposed pipeline will cross. The pipeline is to traverse nearly 1,000 streams and rivers in the upper Fraser, Skeena and Kitimat watersheds. The department didn't have them.
Or whether he really believes that drilling in the Arctic is as easy as shipping oil out of Kitimat, as Enbridge apparently does.
And of course, the burning question:
Where others see disaster...
Does he see OPPORTUNITY?
And I think the answer is obvious....
Gawd. If the husky and the big seal won't bite him, let's hope reality does.
Before it kills us all.
Give Great True North Leader another ridiculous photo-op...
Or just the hook.
And give Enbridge a reality check...
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