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Monday, March 11, 2013

New York Times No Friend of Canada!

Dear Readers:
Now that we are getting down to the nitty-gritty of the XL pipeline the New York Times, one of the most influential newspapers in the United States, is urging President Obama to nix the project.
President Obama should say no, and for one overriding reason: A president who has repeatedly identified climate change as one of humanity’s most pressing dangers cannot in good conscience approve a project that — even by the State Department’s most cautious calculations — can only add to the problem.
In itself, the Keystone pipeline will not push the world into a climate apocalypse. But it will continue to fuel our appetite for oil and add to the carbon load in the atmosphere.
SO…………….. according to this logic, we should not only not be approving any expansion of oil usage, but should stop using carbon fuels altogether!
O.K. Sign me up! I want to watch the whole world go to hell in a hand basket!
Meanwhile, Thomas Mulcair is in Washington DC this week, and will be meeting with Democratic leaders in both Houses. According to the Globe and Mail, however, the NDP leader will not advocate for or against the cross-border pipeline project.
4146-Religious-Adam-Covering-His-Sexual-Organ-Penis-With-A-Leaf-Clipart“My position is that the Americans are going to sort themselves out based on their own rules,” he told the Globe.
His decision not to cheer lead has riled the Tories.
“We shouldn’t go to foreign capitals to score cheap political points,” the Conservative Party said in a statement released on Monday afternoon.
“We call on Mr. Mulcair to make Americans aware of the reality – that Canadian measures to combat global warming are as good as, or better, than American standards.
“While Thomas Mulcair’s NDP stands ambivalent – or, against – Canadian workers, our Conservative government will continue to open new opportunities to increase Canadian exports to create Canadian jobs and economic growth in Canada.”
The statement also notes that ministers Tony Clement, Ed Fast and Vic Toews will be travelling to Washington this week “to promote Canada’s interests.”
Recently both Alberta Premier Alison Redford and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall separately made trips to the U.S. capital to promote Keystone.
According to the federal government the Keystone XL pipeline will create tens of thousands of jobs on both sides of the border.