Alberta, Open Sewers and the Keystone Pipeline

I have been interested lately in how the Canadian government has completely lost control of the discourse over its oil resources. It started with a very tightly scripted campaign for “ethical oil” a few years back, but today both the script and the actors involved (i.e. Canadian ministers at the provincial and federal levels) appear as so many industry touts. So it is a double loss. On the one side it is a loss because any long-term viability for developing oil resources is now in jeopardy as all sides converge to wage war against “dirty oil”. On the other, the development that is proceeding is under less and less scrutiny internally, and so the government (and by extension the public) are in a much weaker position than they were just a few short years ago.


  1. Makere Stewart-Harawira says:

    Reblogged this on The Turning Spiral and commented:
    The Provincial Government of Alberta has launched a sustained counter-attack against the opponent of ‘dirty tarsands oil’. According to the Alberta government, Alberta’s tarsands oil is “ethical oil”, being extracted from lands in a democratic country that is well-regulated in addition to being free of terrorism and exploitation. Needless to say, such claims are wide open to intense scrutiny.

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