“Ethical Oil” joins media strategy to smear opposition

In a deliberate attempt to move public opinion against pipeline detractors, the Prime Minister, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and the ethical oil lobby group released a sequence of negative and false messages.  These attacks on the opposition to the pipeline were a heavy-handed attempt to take the top news spots away from what was happening at the same time: the powerful testimony of the Haida at the NEB hearings. The real story here: the massive popular public opposition to the pipeline. (Note that ethical oil is an ethereal lobby group that one reporter noted “operates mainly as a website on a portable laptop”.

The authors of deepclimate.org posted a fascinating map of the back office staffing movement between the Prime Minister’s Office, Ethical Oil and the Conservative Party strategy trust.

Oliver’s extreme diatribe on radical foreign agitators can be found at the Globe and Mail.  His over-the-top rhetoric plays to the Conservative-minded.

Oliver writes: “Unfortunately, there are environmental and other radical groups that would seek to block this opportunity to diversify our trade. Their goal is to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth.

No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No more hydro-electric dams.”

Green Party LeaderElizabeth May wrote this telling rebuttal to Oliver.

May writes: “Your government has failed to present an energy strategy to Canada.  We have no energy policy.  We are still importing more than half of the oil we use.  Further, we have no plan to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, even as we sign on to global statements about the need to keep greenhouse gases from rising above 450 ppm in the atmosphere to keep global average temperatures from exceeding a growth of 2 degrees C.  The climate crisis imperils our future – including our economic future – in fundamental ways which your government ignores.

By characterizing this issue as environmental radicals versus Canada’s future prosperity you have done a grave disservice to the development of sensible public policy.”

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