Jim Hoggan Op-Ed in Vancouver Sun: Who Gets A Say In Our Democracy?

Wed, 2012-02-01 13:45Brendan DeMelle
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Jim Hoggan Op-Ed in Vancouver Sun: Who Gets A Say In Our Democracy?

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Jim Hoggan, DeSmogBlog co-founder and president, has an op-ed in the Vancouver Sun today discussing the “ethical oil” crowd's attacks on democracy in the Enbridge Northern Gateway public hearings. Head over to the Vancouver Sun to read it: “Who gets a say in our democracy?

Here is an excerpt from the ending:

If [Joe Oliver or Stephen Harper] is concerned that over the years the California-based William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has given $1.3 million to the Pem-bina Foundation for Environmental Research and Education, then they should be even more troubled that, during the same period, the Hewletts gave $40 million to the government's own International Development Research Centre. Apparently, Oliver's “radicals” fuelled by “foreign special interests” are as close as the nearest mirror.

If Enbridge or its political boosters wants to pipe unrefined Canadian bitumen directly to the most treacherous waters in the north Pacific - and then, by supertanker, into the hands of the Chinese - they should make their case. Attacking the rights of others to have input is a dodge unworthy of a democracy as advanced and robust as ours.

Read more at the Vancouver Sun.

Image credit: 1971yes | Shutterstock

Comments

Enbridge forecast a $2 to $3 annual increase in the price per barrel of crude in its pipeline application to the joint National Energy Board-Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panel.

I should point out that when Kyoto was first proposed the Alberta oil industry was looking at $4 a barrel increases (on $35 dollar barrels).  (Its on tons of carbon, not tons of oil.) This is why in the end our mouth piece Ralph Klien said that was ‘wiggle room’ to accept Kyoto.

The economic assessment of the $5.5-billion project by former Insurance Corporation of British Columbia CEO Robyn Allan says the price shock will have “a negative and prolonged impact on the Canadian economy by reducing output, employment labour income and government revenues.”

Story about Enbridge:

http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Report+says+Northern+Gateway+pipeline+will+create+price+shock+across/6087599/story.html

Story about Klein;

http://www.freedominion.ca/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?nomobile=1&f=43&t=8229

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