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Links to important and informative articles.

Ottawa ready to gut laws protecting fish to balance environmental, economic ‘realities’
By Peter O’Neil, March 13, 2012

OTTAWA – The Harper government is planning to gut the powers in federal legislation intended to protect fish habitat, making it easier for projects such as Calgary-based Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway pipeline to B.C. to clear federal hurdles, according to a retired fisheries biologist who obtained the information from a government source.
We have now set up 4 pages to deal with getting the facts straight in regards to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, and or Tarsands Development.

Enbridge Pipeline – 26 jobs in return for $13 billion a year in exports
“This startling submission from the Alberta Federation of Labour explains why the Enbridge pipeline is not in Alberta or Canada’s best interest. Most startling is their emphasis that the pipeline will only create 26 permanent jobs in Alberta! The AFL explains about inflation, impact on the work force, impact (and destruction) of Canada’s manufacturing core, and many other sound economic reasons for opposing the export of raw bitumen resources, from both a workers’ and a general economic viewpoint.”
“Given the high stakes involved, it‘s not surprising that many people from across the political spectrum share our concerns about the opportunities that are being lost by focusing on bitumen export at the expense of value-added production. According to a research paper prepared by Moncrieff Consulting for Conservative Alberta MLA Jeff Johnson (Athabasca-Redwater), we could more than double the number of jobs available if we were to upgrade and refine bitumen, as opposed to simply mining the resource.”

A Whistleblower’s Open Letter to the Citizens of Canada
Prime Minister’s Office Tries to Silence Pipeline Critics; Labels Environmental Group “Enemy of the Government of Canada” and “Enemy of the people of Canada.”
The language of anti-terrorism, when applied to Canadian citizens who legitimately question the wisdom of an unsustainable oil tanker/pipeline plan, is an affront to the rights of all Canadians. It is the language of bullying. It is language that is violent and above the law, and harkens to previous examples of RCMP surveillance of Canadians for political rather than legal purposes, including Tommy Douglas. The casual use of such loaded language at the top of our government is immoral, unethical and probably illegal.”
“At the very highest levels of this government, Canadians who have a legitimate concern about this oilsands pipeline are being called enemies of the government of Canada and enemies of the people of Canada. And that’s the language of anti-terrorism.”
“When a government calls its own citizens enemies, you’ve lost your moral authority to govern.”

Stephen Harper and the Big Oil Party of Canada
Now that petro interests reign supreme, even other corporate sectors lose their sway.
By Murray Dobbin, 16 Jan 2012,
“– economic and environmental catastrophes are guaranteed. In Canada, the oil companies and the Harper government know that an oil spill catastrophe is coming. The precautionary principle, rooted in the notion of the common good and established on a foundation of science, has no place in the calculations of global capital. It is replaced by risk assessment, cost/benefit analysis. But the assessment isn’t aimed at ensuring something bad won’t happen as it seems to imply. It is based on a cost/benefit analysis. How much will the oil spill cost? That it will happen is actually part of the calculation.”

Too Much Energy Used to Mine, Move Bitumen Says BC Firm
By Geoff Dembicki, 6 Feb 2012,
“‘Energy Return on Investment’ hard to justify says P.G.-based engineering analyst.
What C.J. Peter Associates found when it analyzed each stage of Northern Gateway’s global supply chain, is that getting oil sands bitumen from Alberta to China requires so much energy it might not be worth the effort.”

A Decade of Enbridge Oil Pipeline Spills
by Joyce Nelson
This article is a preview of the story to be published in the March-April Watershed Sentinel. Pipeline Safety, Dilbit, Captive Regulators and Smart Pigs
“The issue of pipeline safety is clouded enough with a slew of “captive regulators, from Alberta to the United States, but the situation gets even more sticky because the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, and others from the tar sands, will be transporting “dilbit” which carries its own problems with it.”

Canadian Gas Exports Threaten Energy Security
Sacrificing BC’s Energy and Environment for Profit
by David Hughes
“Natural gas has been hyped of late as a way to reduce carbon emissions and reliance on oil and coal in business-as-usual growth scenarios. Much of this speculation rests on new technology to produce gas from previously inaccessible shale reservoirs.”
“Governing politicians in British Columbia have been particularly receptive to the perceived gold mine that could result from developing shale gas in northeast British Columbia and constructing the Pacific Trail Pipeline so that gas may be exported to Asia via a new terminal in Kitimat. Does this make sense considering the longer term interests of Canadians?”

The War on Democracy
“Friends, read this ALL the Way through. And understand Stephen Harper and Canada’s role in all this carnage at the end of empire. Not just the “bad news” — understand the “seed beneath the snow” too. Pilger is one of the more courageous writers today: The World War on Democracy, By John Pilger”

An excellent essay on Iran China Relations:
Lubricated with Oil Iran China Relations in a Changing World
“China and Iran are emerging powers with increasingly significant political and economic relations that have regional and global dimensions.”
“There is an emerging “axis of oil” constituting Russia (a major producer), China (a growing consumer) and the nationalist oil-producing states (most notably, Iran, a major producer). Their interests converge, and they are now challenging U.S. hegemony on a wide range of issues globally. The frustration of U.S. efforts to impede Iran’s drive for nuclear power is cited as an example of this new counter-hegemonic petroleum bloc. The creation of the Shanghai Cooperation Council, in which Russia and Iran are members, is partially designed to roll back growing U.S. influence in Central Asia and the Caucasus.”

Should Canada sell its tar sands oil to China?

To enhance energy security, Dr. Jiang said, China should buy Canadian oil, because 80 per cent of China’s petroleum
is currently imported from politically and socially unstable countries in Africa, the Middle East and South America.
Dr. Jiang emphasized that China spends $230 billion a year on overall foreign purchases and is expected to spend $500
billion by 2015. Selling Alberta tar sands bitumen to China would allow Canada to take advantage of this vast
investment opportunity. But the argument is flawed.

Despite being the world’s number one GHG emitter, China introduced its National Climate Change Program in 2007. The
program was followed by the 2008 white paper, China’s Actions and Policies on Climate Change. Although China is still
burning way too much fossil fuel, it is also the top renewable energy investor in the world.

White paper: China’s policies and actions on climate change

The document, composed of eight chapters, describes that China actively participates in worldwide efforts to address climate change, earnestly observes the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol,  and plays a constructive role in international cooperation in this regard. The full text of the white paper follows:

Climate change risks worse than economy

The risks of inaction over climate change far outweigh the turmoil of the global financial crisis, a leading climate change expert said yesterday, while calling for new fiscal spending tailored to low carbon growth.

“The risk consequences of ignoring climate change will be very much bigger than the consequences of ignoring risks in the financial system,” said Nicholas Stern, a former British Treasury economist, who released a seminal report in 2006 that said inaction on emissions blamed for global warming could cause economic pain equal to the Great  Depression.

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