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The Harper Government, Sun Media and EthicalOil.org


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#1 cybercoma

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:37 PM

Emma Pullman just posted an interesting article about how Stephen Harper's Conservatives are driving the dialogue about the oil industry in Canada. She highlights the connections between EthicalOil.org, SUN media, and the Harper Government, bringing in to relief a propaganda machine that is shaping the discourse in this country.

Friends with Benefits: The Harper Government, EthicalOil.org and Sun Media Connection


Just over a week before the Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings began, EthicalOil.org and its allies launched a pre-emptive PR offensive on environmental and First Nations groups who oppose the pipeline. Their new website, OurDecision.ca, and ad campaign are an attempt to invalidate opposition to the pipeline by pointing to the small amount of American funding going to some environmental groups, and claiming that pipeline opponents are actually the “puppets” of “foreign interests.”

Continued: http://www.desmogblo...edia-connection


Edited by cybercoma, 20 January 2012 - 02:39 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:39 PM

Yeesh.

This is the only forum I know that allows you to type a thread title in that's longer than allowed.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:40 PM

And what about the native groups in BC that have been paid big money by outside organizations to fight against the pipeline.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:43 PM

That's what the link is about. Maybe you should read it then come back and try replying again.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:00 PM

And what about the native groups in BC that have been paid big money by outside organizations to fight against the pipeline.

citation request

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:10 PM

It is a vast conspiracy of bad newspapers that nobody beyond Grade 4 literacy reads, plus Ezra Levant and his Visa card.
Should I be afraid?
The government should do something.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:23 PM

Should I be afraid?

of the truth? I've been Harping on this same theme for a while now... starting with the Harper Conservative covert actions in attempting to influence the European Union fuel quality standards in regards non-conventional fuel sources (i.e., tarsands bitumen), and highlighting the ties between the 'Ethical Oil' group and Alykan Velshi... the convenient Conservative staffer wanderer shifting in and out as the official 'Ethical Oil' spokesperson... now returned back to the fold, back to the PMO as Harper's Director of Planning.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:27 PM

Somebody needs to be an advocate for Canada, and our energy reserves. Which are certainly more ethical than most of the other oil producing countries. It's about damn time!

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:45 PM

Somebody needs to be an advocate for Canada, and our energy reserves. Which are certainly more ethical than most of the other oil producing countries. It's about damn time!

embrace the Harper Conservative covert actions, revel in them... ethics? :lol:

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 05:08 PM

My view is, people in both Canada and the US should be very concerned about the pipeline route and because the oil industry or the government can't guarantee 100% that no oil will harm the environment and the tankers won't cause a problem. The other problem is selling the oil to China. Harper, himself talked about human rights there and yet he's willing to take their money, blood money. Why won't the Canadian oil industry build oil refineries here and maybe give Canadians reduced prices on the gasoline?

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 07:10 PM

No Government or organization can guarantee 100% no spills or breakage in pipelines. However, the latest designs cover every foot of pipeline and report any problems immediately. The problems that we have experienced in pipeline problems have come from acts of sabotage by so called enviromentalist. Alberta oil from the tar sands has a lower carbon emission discharge then oil from Venuzala which is transported by ship to the USA.The difference in co2 emissions between Alberta tar sands and OPEC is less then 2%. If you look at who is paying for this pipeline from being built , you will find that it is Money supplied by Saudia Arabia and Venuzala. Canada is Ethical oil and Canadians should be backing the Canadian Government instead on daming them.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 08:40 PM

I don't think it's very ethical or bright to ship such a strategic raw material to countries that will refine or use the finished products in an unethical way with regards to the planets's ecosystem's and human and labour rights and standards or in a manner that undermines our own economy.

That oil reserves are shrinking only underscores the shortsightedness of digging it up and shipping it out as fast as we can. At some point we're going to have to conserve whatever we have for our own future generations.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:06 PM

There's threads about the oil lines already. This thread is about the Conservative propaganda machine that has been uncovered.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:16 PM

There's threads about the oil lines already. This thread is about the Conservative propaganda machine that has been uncovered.

Huh?

Stephen Harper has a propaganda machine? Why doesn't he use it to make people pay taxes?

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Seriously, Cybercoma. If the corporate mass media "propaganda machine" can control our thoughts, why can't the State use "the machine" to make people pay taxes?

Toilet paper, taxes, Big Macs. What's the difference? It's just money, and people are fools - with the right advertising, they'll give their credit card number/buy anything. No?

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:40 PM

What a very strange post... if advertising wasn't effective, why would companies spend money millions on it?



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