Showing posts from February 18, 2014

Chevron offers pizza to victims of fracking explosion

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[No comment required. *RON*]
Posted February 18, 2014 by Common Sense Canadian

Read this Feb. 18 story from on Chevron’s offer of coupons for pizza to Pennsylvania residents affected by a massive explosion at a fracking site owned by the company.
Buy one explosion, get a pizza free. Last Tuesday, residents of the small town Bobtown, Pennsylvania woke to an explosion and a massive, high-temperature fire, at the site of a fracking well owned by the Chevron corporation. It wasn’t just any fire, either. Wrote the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Feb. 12: “More than 12 hours after an explosion that ‘sounded like a jet engine going 5 feet above your house,’ as one neighbor put it, the fire, fueled by the well’s gas, continued to shoot flames and smoke into the air, causing a hissing sound that could be heard a quarter-mile away.

B.C. Budget 2014 By The Numbers

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[A good set of numbers for future reference... BTW, Clark claims that there is no tax increase in this budget, while raising MSP premiums by 4% - BC is the only province in Canada that has insurance premiums. *RON*]

CP | By The Canadian PressPosted: 02/18/2014 4:48 pm EST | Updated: 02/18/2014 5:59 pm EST

VICTORIA - Some highlights from B.C.'s 2014-2015 budget:

— The budget projects surpluses of $184 million for 2014-15, $206 million for 2015-16, and $451 million for 2016-17.

— The total provincial debt is forecast to be $64.7 billion in 2014-15, $66.9 billion in 2015-16 and $68.9 billion in 2016-17.

Snowden's Lesson: The Govt. Carries Out the Constitutional Crimes, While the Public Is Legally Powerless

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[“Until they become conscious they will never rebel. ...” George Orwell, 1984. *RON*]
By Chris Hedges, February 17, 2014

"Totalitarian states always invert the moral order. It is the wicked who rule. It is the just who are damned."

On Thursday the former National Security Agency official and whistle-blower William E. Binney and I will debate Stewart A. Baker, a former general counsel for the NSA, P.J. Crowley, a former State Department spokesman, and the media pundit Jeffrey Toobin. The debate, at Oxford University, will center on whether Edward Snowden’s leaks helped or harmed the public good. The proposition asks: “Is Edward Snowden a Hero?” But, on a deeper level, the debate will revolve around our nation’s loss of liberty.

The government officials who, along with their courtiers in the press, castigate Snowden insist that congressional and judicial oversight, the right to privacy, the rule of law, freedom of the press and the right to expres…

Meet The Family The Tar Sands Industry Wants To Keep Quiet

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[Welcome to our Canadian corporatocracy. "Here we are, you know, farming and other farm families are there, and a company moves in to extract the oil beneath you, and all of a sudden they have more rights than you do to be there."*RON*]

There is an abandoned house in Alberta, Canada, where Alain Labrecque used to live. Tucked in the farming community of Peace River, it is a place brimming with personal history, rooted to his grandfather’s land where his parents and eight aunts and uncles grew up, and where Alain’s own children were born. Now, Alain’s property and the surrounding area are primarily home to large, black cylinders of oil.

The oil is from Alberta’s much-famed tar sands, a large area of land that contains clay, bitumen, and a good deal of sand. Inside the tanks, heavy crude from the sands is heated, until it becomes viscous enough to transport. Many of those tanks currently vent freely i…

CAMPAIGN 2014: Energy industry sides with incumbents McConnell, Landrieu, Begich, boosts GOP in open Senate contests

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[The best democracy that corporations can buy. *RON*]

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter, Greenwire: Monday, February 17, 2014

Energy industry donors made significant investments in the re-election bids of both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) during the final months of 2013, while also opening their checkbooks to boost a trio of Republicans seeking seats where veteran Democratic senators are retiring.

According to new campaign finance reports, various oil and gas industry political action committees contributed about $50,000 to both McConnell and Landrieu, while also giving thousands to GOP candidates in West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota. Energy donors also backed Sen. Mark Begich (D) in fourth-quarter fundraising.

Higher-ups back doctors’ advocacy rights in heavy oil emissions cases

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[Patients couldn't find doctors willing to treat them; doctors feared reprisals if they spoke out against the health effects of tar sands. *RON*]
EDMONTON - Doctors in the Peace River area must feel free to treat and advocate for local residents who fear their health problems are connected to heavy oil emissions, say both the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and the Alberta Medical Association.

“What concerns me is that people feel they can’t speak out,” said Trevor Theman, the college registrar, the body responsible for enforcing the doctors’ code of ethics.

Climate change not part of Kinder Morgan hearing

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[As with the Enbridge review, it is a complete farce to say that global warming has nothing to do with this project. *RON*]

Scientists concerned over government's lack of consideration on the issue


An internationally renowned environmental economist is criticizing the federal government for failing to consider climate change while reviewing pipeline applications, such as Kinder Morgan’s bid to twin the Trans Mountain line.

SFU professor and climate change expert Mark Jaccard blasted the government’s absence of consideration for climate change, despite Canada’s promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help stop the planet’s temperature from rising by two degrees Celsius.

“It’s completely inconsistent for the government of Canada to allow expansion of oil sands and talk, at the same time, about its promise for two degrees Celcius,” Jaccard told the NOW. “If the government were being honest, it…

The attack on Canadian non-profits, and why we have to respond

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[How can we have a functional democracy when our government attacks civil society, selectively, on an ideological basis? *RON*]
Harvey McKinnon, Posted: Feb 18th, 2014

We teach our children not to bully. That’s much harder when the federal Conservative party embraces bullying at every opportunity. Consider their most recent attacks on non-profits -specifically environmental organizations.

The government is using the Canada Revenue Agency for political reasons – threatening specific organizations that the federal Conservative party does not like, for political reasons.

Rex Murphy’s pro-oil sands speech prompts CBC to review journalistic rules

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[Shills should, at very least, be made to say publicly that this is what they are. *RON*]

On-air CBC personalities may have to disclose speaking fees earned outside the CBC

Mychaylo Prystupa, Feb 18th, 2014

On Jan.17, on his weekly spot on CBC’s The National, Rex Murphy slammed Neil Young for what he called the rockstar’s “unfathomably irresponsible” comments against Alberta’s oil sands.

But what the famous Newfoundlander did not reveal on his “Point of View” TV segment was whether Murphy also receives payments for his work outside the CBC, giving pro-oil sands speeches.

Canadian political parties not doing their job: survey

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["Canadians instinctively know there’s a party going on and they’re not invited." *RON*]
By: Susan Delacourt Parliament Hill, Published on Tue Feb 18 2014
Canadian political parties get an F in a new survey about how well they're carrying out their democratic tasks.

OTTAWA—Canadians are giving political parties a failing grade in performing their basic democratic duties, a new survey finds.

“Reaching out to Canadians so their views can be represented,” is identified as the most important job of political parties in the survey conducted by the Samara organization.

But when more than 1,800 survey respondents were asked how well Canada’s political parties fulfilled that job, the score was just 43 per cent — a failing mark.