one (1) dirty little secret for sale: to highest bidder (environment incl.)


2918303_370 i have lived in alberta most of my life … awesome place, really …awesome people too … the countryside is beyond beautiful and the place has been crawling with jobs for about the last 60 years … we’ve got great (most of the time ) sports teams, a killer music scene, fantastic schools and free health care … toss in one of the biggest malls in the world, a freaking really high bridge with a man-made waterfall on it, really, really giant fiberglass dinosaurs, a tim hortons on nearly every corner, and we’re rat free! …  what the hell else could a man want? … but … we have a dirty little secret …
it’s called tar sands … and we’re selling it off to whoever the highest bidder is (plus we’ll throw in our kids futures and the environment too … what a deal) …  and the winner(winner?…kinda sheen like maybe…) is … the texas oil oligarchy! … awesome guys, thanks for the cash, and we’ll get right on building that pipeline of liquid death for ya’ asap … and don’t worry about the environment, you should see the amazing job we’ve done with the fort mcmurray area … it’s so “clean” it looks just like the moon now … in fact, a while back i had the pleasure of spending some time there, and the locals even refer to the area as the moon … and after seeing it first hand one cold dark night, i can’t argue the nickname … yer’ kids’ll love it … maybe we can turn it into some kinda disneyland kinda thing …
we could call it lunarworld, or six flags over exxon, or, i know, deadland … and don’t worry about the tourists seeing any problems or industry as they drive up to the park, we’ve perfected “highway camouflage” … we just leave a couple of rows of trees next to the highway and clear the rest … can’t have those pesky trees getting in the way of heavy machinery and access roads … that way granddad and the gang can enjoy the “forest” scenery on the way up that highway to hell … it works great, trust me, we’ve been doin’ this shit for years guys … we got it down (along with every tree and shrubbery as far as the eye can see) … and safe, man have we nailed that shit too … the latest transcanada pipeline has only leaked 13 or 14 times in the last year … and it’s a much, much smaller pipeline, so, no problem eh? … think how much faster we’ll be able to find a leak on a really ginormous pipeline … plus, hey don’t you guys be worrying yer’ pretty little capitalist heads about the pollution, we’re gunna take all that off yer’ hands too … we’ll keep it all here in alberta, where we’re used to it … plus we got that free health care, remember? … so, no problemo amigo … what’s a little cancer, emphysema, asthma, allergies, and several diseases to be named later amongst friends … and don’t worry about the jobs thing … you keep ‘em … we got lots, and after we finish off this pesky environment, we won’t need ‘em anyways …
we got welfare for what the health care doesn’t cover …
oh …
yer’ welcome

“Americans will get the jobs, Canadians will get the pollution.”

That’s the talking point a union that represents workers in the Alberta oil sands is using to oppose the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, the $7-billion project Transcanada Corp. is planning to build to transfer bitumen — raw oil sands product — from Alberta to refineries in Texas. The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) has called a press conference for Thursday where they plan to lay out in detail why they oppose a massive expansion of their industry’s infrastructure. “The pipeline will create environmental destruction, take potential upgrading and refining jobs away from Canadians, and put our country’s energy security at risk,” CEP President Dave Coles said in a statement. “The Americans will get the jobs and Albertans, Canadians will get the pollution. It is wrongheaded for the economy of Canada,” Coles told the Globe and Mail. At stake, according to pipeline opponents, are thousands of potential jobs at refineries in Alberta that will not come into existence because raw oil is being shipped to refineries in Texas instead. “We’re sending jobs down that pipeline,” Gil McGowan, head of the Alberta Federation of Labour, told the Toronto Star in August. McGowan noted that former Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach had himself been concerned about the declining proportion of Alberta oil that was being refined in the province. “Shipping raw bitumen is like scraping off the topsoil, selling it, and then passing the farm on to the next generation,” Stelmach said in 2006. Though Stelmach set a target of 75 per cent of oil to be refined in province, the Energy Resources and Conservation Board estimates that the percentage of bitumen refined in Canada will drop from 58 per cent in 2010 to 47 per cent in 2020. The Council of Canadians, Greenpeace and others are organizing a protest against the oil sands in Ottawa starting Monday, with at least 150 people so far prepared to emulate the peaceful resistance protests outside the White House last month that saw more than 1,200 people arrested. Most recently, a number of Canadian celebrities have come out against the pipeline and thrown their weight behind the protests, notably Dave Thomas of SCTV fame. That follows a similar theme seen in the U.S., where actresses Margot Kidder and Darryl Hannah were both arrested at the White House protests. Though protesters’ concerns revolve around the potential of environmental damage from building a 3,200-kilometer pipeline across North America, and the particularly high carbon emissions of oil sands bitumen, a U.S. State Department environmental assessment released last month found there would be “no significant impact” to the environment from the pipeline. (The State Department hasn’t yet given its final OK on the project, but is widely expected to do so.) And a Canadian government report, obtained by Postmedia, discounts an environmental group’s recent assertion that the pipeline could pose a health hazard because bitumen would corrode the metal faster than conventional oil, increasing the likelihood of accidents. The Canadian government report asserted that temperatures in the pipeline would be too low for faster corrosion to take place. But Richard Kuprewicz, an engineer at pipeline consulting firm Accufacts, told Postmedia the Canadian government report was flawed. “I don’t want to embarrass anybody, but they have no idea what they’re talking about,” Kuprewicz said, arguing that the presence of water in the pipeline would make it corrode faster than government estimates suggest. Another TransCanada pipeline, which delivers oil to the U.S. Midwest and is known simply as the Keystone, has experienced 14 spills since it began operation just over a year ago, including one 21,000 gallon spill in Ludden, North Dakota. A final decision on the Keystone XL is expected from the Obama administration by the end of the year.   from huffington post canada


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