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  • Canada Under Attack by Environmental Extremists

    Police arrested Bill McKibben, the prominent climate activist and founder of 350.org. McKibben was among 65 environmentalists arrested on August 20, 2011, outside the White House in Washington DC, as part of a demonstration urging President Obama to block the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Canada's oil sands projects to Gulf Coast refineries.

    Police arrested 65 environmentalists on August 20, 2011, outside the White House in Washington DC, as part of a demonstration urging President Obama to block the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Canada's oil sands projects to Gulf Coast refineries.

    It seems that Canada, America’s friendly neighbor to the north (and beloved by the left for its universal health care system) has a new enemy to the south—environmental activists. Its crime? Wanting to use its natural resources.

    In the Natural Resource Defense Council’s (NRDC) “onearth” blog, Andrew Nikiforuk lambastes Canada for a Calgary-based company’s attempt to build the Keystone XL pipeline to carry tar sands oil (“bitumen,” a type of petroleum) from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico—bringing upwards of a million barrels of oil per day to refineries in Texas. The construction of the pipeline needs approval from the U.S. State Department, sparking a two-week protest at the White House that landed 110 people in jail over the weekend.

    In Nikiforuk’s eyes, the Keystone XL pipeline is only the latest sin staining Canada’s already black soul. Nikiforuk traces Canada’s misdeeds back to the Hudson Bay Company’s 17th century fur trade, in addition to providing pulp for the world’s newspapers, supplying cod to slave plantations in America’s South, and mining uranium for atomic bombs, all as if the country were a living, breathing monster come to life:

    Although Canada pretends to be a jolly green giant, it is actually a resource-exploiting Jekyll and Hyde. Whenever global demand for metals and minerals booms, Canada takes on a sinister personality. And whenever export markets shrivel, the country temporarily retreats into a kindly figure with no memory of the misdeeds of his alter ego. But for most of Canada’s history, the nasty Mr. Hyde has dominated the nation’s economic life as a hewer of wood, a netter of fish, a dammer of rivers, and a miner of metals.

    Relying on guilt by association and implication, the NRDC paints the desire to supply the world’s energy market with petroleum as a dastardly offense, urging its readers to “Blame Canada!”:

    As China, India, and the United States have demanded more minerals and oil, Canada has answered the call by digging and drilling furiously. About 75 percent of Canadian exports now go to the United States. “Saudi Canada” became America’s top oil supplier in 1999 and now accounts for 20 percent of all U.S. oil imports.

    Meanwhile, the lack of a domestic supply of oil has left America dependent on the Middle East and subject to the market fluctuations brought about by unrest in the region. The result? Americans paying over $3 per gallon for gasoline while struggling with 9.1 percent unemployment. And yet there sits in the Canadian wilderness a resource that could help America ensure its energy security. The Heritage Foundation’s David Kreutzer explains:

    With its oil sands, Canada has more proven petroleum reserves than any country other than Saudi Arabia. A consistent ally and long-time friendly neighbor, Canada is exactly the sort of supplier the U.S. should want to fill the gap in the petroleum it cannot produce on its own.

    The Keystone XL pipeline would bring the U.S. over a million barrels of petroleum each day—more than it imports from either Saudi Arabia or Venezuela (the U.S.’s two largest suppliers after Canada and Mexico). Along with the pipeline and petroleum would come increased energy security and a boost to the U.S. economy.

    Unfortunately, though, environmentalists stand opposed to the pipeline, and the Environmental Protection Agency has taken steps to slow or stop its construction, despite even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton supporting the project. And those activists are willing to go to any lengths to demonize the project and keep it from getting off the ground.

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    21 Responses to Canada Under Attack by Environmental Extremists

    1. Sue says:

      Only $3 a gallon? You should see how much we pay for gas in Canada! Yes that's right Canada! The price in Vancouver ranges from 129.9 cents a liter to 134.6 for regular gas. In Calgary, the province with the Tar Sands, the price ranges from 106.9 to 111.9 cents a liter. Given that 1 US gallon equals 3.785 liters… a gallon of gas in Vancouver cost $4.91 and in Calgary $4.04 If we could only figure out how to create energy out of snow!

      • Dennis says:

        Canada pays full market value for "our" oil (and subsequently gasoline). We also have substantial taxes on the price at the pump. If fact, taxes on taxes. Federal and provincial taxes are further taxed by the GST. HST for you, I guess.

        • hitthedeck says:

          What is your percentage of tax paid on a gallon of gas? You guys are near 100% socialist. I know that all mineral rights are owned by the government in Canada.

      • eagle275 says:

        It sure isn't the USA's fault! When are you people gonna learn? We don't want prices as high as yours. That's why we are bitchin', and gonna do something about it.

    2. Average_JoeMN says:

      You may that much due to your acceptance of massive over-taxation by your largely socialist Canadian government.

    3. Christine says:

      You might want to check your photo – that's not Bill McKibbon! Kind of puts into doubt the credibility of what you write as well – as those of us who consider our children's future to be important know, the real extremists are those who are using the atmosphere as a sewer!

      • Roger says:

        ??? "… the real extremists are those who are using the atmosphere as a sewer!" Who would that be? That doesn't even make sense. As for my children- I want them to grow up in a world where they can thrive and prosper not in one where they are forced by eco-facists to live like they are growing up in the 1700's.

    4. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Is their any doubt why the Obama led EPA is "taken steps to slow or stop" the pipeline project? It not only appeases the radical environmental extremist Obama supporters. but allows Obama to continue the destruction of the fossil fuel industry. All of which will cause "energy prices to necessarily skyrocket" and bring about the death of our economical system. This is the plan America. The question we must answer is are we going to allow this to continue?

    5. BeeJay says:

      If I hear the word 'environment' one more time, I will scream.

    6. Bobbie says:

      Look no further then the government of corruption, handsomely paid by those they're corrupting!!!!!

    7. RedBaker says:

      Canada needs a Tea Party movement.

    8. Richard Carroll says:

      It's time to get rid of the EPA. They will destroy our country. The Democrats want us to live in the stone age. The people of this nation will wake up when they start paying $10.00 for gas in their car and the same price to heat their homes. Let's see you do both of these when you have no jobs, Thanks to Obama's policies. Time to get rid of all the Democrats before they change our country into a Third World Country.

    9. Roger says:

      "…as a hewer of wood, a netter of fish, a dammer of rivers, and a miner of metals." I don't get it… am I supposed to see something bad or sinister in that quote? It's time for the eco-facists to go away!

    10. indyeast says:

      What I don't understand is…why pay for "carbon credits"? If the climate is sooooooooooo important..why pay?
      This seems to me that those who can afford it are being told it's ok to pollute as long as you can afford to bribe the climate?

      and what would the climate do with money,lol.

    11. guest says:

      The explanation of the 'greens' is that they have to be in the pay of OPEC and others that have oil and gas. They are forcing the United States to buy overpriced oil from governments that hate us; the why is easy, money. It's the only thing that makes sense, think about it, follow the logic and money.

    12. joseelr says:

      That revelation caused federal officials to halt construction in April. Building proceeded after undertakings were obtained. These include allocation of a $45-million budget to mitigate risks for the tortoises, the employment of 40 full-time biologists and a “head start” program for hatchling and juvenile tortoises in which they are taken care of for at least five years to better their chances of surviving in the wild.

      No kidding.

    13. joseelr says:

      By the way, the targets are not always fossil fuels from the Canadian oil sands or deep shale deposits. Environmentalists pick on anything that yields publicity.

      There is a green-on-green battle in California's Mojave Desert over the development of gigantic solar farms. The first and biggest is environmental darling, BrightSource Energy, whose 3,600-acre project called the Ivanpah is under fire from greens over the few dozen tortoises who live on its site. Estimates by biologists are that 162 adult tortoises and 608 juveniles may live on the site.

    14. ken dagenais says:


    15. kat says:

      The problem with environmental movements like the nrdc is that big money is paid out in salaries – oops – they actually don't call them salaries – being a non-profit organization and all. Anyway lots of money in environmental causes. Great gig if you can get it.
      I even had a good laugh when I read how one of their staff who shall remain nameless actually has gone green. She bought a prius and changed a few light bulbs. It's a "do as I say not do as I do" movement.

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