Saturday, April 11, 2015
The BC Oil Spill and the Con Clown James Moore
It couldn't have been a more monstrous or absurd sight.
A day after a ship leaked about 3,000 litres of bulk oil into Vancouver's beautiful English Bay,
And a few hours after the province's premier and the city's mayor blasted the slow federal response.
The monstrous Con beluga James Moore broke through the oily sheen to spout off at his critics.
Federal Industry Minister James Moore hit back at criticism of the Canadian Coast Guard's handling of the Vancouver oil spill, saying that it is "highly inappropriate for politicians to point fingers and make political jabs" before all the facts are known.
And if you can believe it, accuse them of fear mongering.
"The public expects serious issues to be handled in a serious tone," Moore said. "I think it is irresponsible for people to dial up anxiety and fear."
When in fact the response was incredibly slow, if the ship had been carrying dilbits or the weather had been worse, it would have been even more of a disaster.
And if Harper regime hadn't closed the nearby Kitsilano Coast Guard station the response would have been much much faster.
But then what can we expect from the Cons? When Moore defended the closing of the station three years ago while claiming that Vancouver would have "the best coastal safety in the whole of Canada."
And when the Cons staged a photo-op two years ago to promote their so-called tanker safety program.
The oil recovery vessel ran aground.
An oil spill recovery vessel ran aground en route to a federal announcement on oil tanker safety in Vancouver on Monday, officials have confirmed.
The vessel was making a 12-hour trip from its base in Esquimalt to Vancouver for a tanker safety announcement by Federal Transport Minister Denis Lebel and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver when it struck an uncharted sandbar near Sandheads at the mouth of the Fraser River near Steveston.
Leaving the hapless Joe Oliver standing on the dock looking as stupid or criminally irresponsible as Moore looked today...
And the good news?
If there is anybody in beautiful British Columbia who still thinks that Northern Gateway wouldn't be a disaster, they clearly need to be watered not fed.
It is a wake-up call.
Joe Spears calls it a wake-up call. An international shipping expert, Spears says Canada is supposed to be a world leader at dealing with maritime emergencies. But he says the response to an oil spill into Vancouver's English Bay on Thursday was anything but world class.
And this is the lesson:
A Con is a Con is a Con artist.
And you can't trust the Bitumen Boys as far as you can spit...
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