ethical oil: filtered organic with a hint of guile

Granted that Ezra Levant is a major league shit disturber and unabashed zionist; whn the target is Saudi oil as unethical, the the pot calling the kettle black. black gold that is. Alberta bound. Still, as demagogic, reflexive, ideological and insupportable that he is,you can look at Levant’s latest foray as entertainment; the kind of Canadian ghetto humor that is in line with Canada’s garrison mentality depicted by Northrop Frye. Canada’s role in bombing hapless Libya is reflective of this new muscular conservatism moving deeper into conservative territory, trying to shape Canada’s identity crisis and simultaneously undermine the peace process in the Middle East by seeking merely to “reform” the tradition of Pan-Arabian feudalism.

Read More: ---Recently nine Nobel Peace Prize Winners wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Alberta to Texas. Today NRDC and the Nobel Women’s Initiative are running an ad in the Washington Post featuring the full text of the letter and its powerful message. The authors include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and American landmines activist Jody Williams. Each one of these moral leaders condemns the pipeline for the threats it will pose to communities in its path, the Ogallala Aquifer it will traverse, and the global climate ...

…The commercials are sponsored by a tiny grassroots organization based in Toronto,, which encourages consumers to favour “ethical” oil from Canada over “conflict” oil that comes from undemocratic regimes, where most of the world’s oil reserves are ran the commercials on the Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada in late August. The Saudis responded by hiring lawyers to tell the Television Bureau of Canada, the advertising review and clearance service funded by Canada’s private broadcasters, to withdraw approval of the ads. The group was so outraged by the Saudis’ “intimidation tactics” it started running the commercials again this week on the Sun News Network and was planning to run them on CTV, until the network backed out, said Alykhan Velshi, executive director of Read More:

Read More: ---Canada's finance minister defended his government's decision to hire a $90,000-a-day consultant to find billions of dollars in cuts. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said that the almost $20 million contract awarded to consulting firm Deloitte was necessary to help the government find the $4 billion in spending cuts necessary to balance the federal budget. He said it was crucial to have private-sector advice to help the government as it undertakes a budgetary savings exercise of that size and scope. "It isn't good, quite frankly, for a government to just look at itself. There's a lot of expertise in Canada on the subject of public-sector productivity, for example," Flaherty said Tuesday.---

But is the oil from Saudi really any less ethical. After all, they have been induced ( again ) to open the valves so the world can avoid recession. Mind you, the West has to keep the despots on the throne but the U.S. balance of payments off 20% less pricey crude is worth something. no? But, the West also appears inexorably moving towards the same degree of income stratification that characterizes Saudi Arabia and even Egypt:

The Conference Board’s international review of the data shows that since the mid-1990s, Canada went from better-than-average to worse-than-average levels of inequality, slumping from 14th to 22nd place out of 32 OECD countries. Our decline was more rapid than even the United States, despite a decade of robust economic growth and record levels of job creation. At the very same time, 15 OECD nations — including many of our peers, like Norway, Italy and the U.K. — were reducing income inequality.No matter your political leanings, most people understand that endless concentration of income, wealth and power is bad for the economy. After all, businesses rely on rising purchasing power of the many, not the few, to deliver growth and profits. The top 10% of Canadian households have seen steady gains in income, but it wasn’t until 2007 that most incomes finally nudged ahead of where they stood in 1976, in constant dollar terms. Then the recession hit….

Read More: intent clearly was to make the tarsands less toxic and less scary. That claim, he said, is borne out by the entire series of ads CAPP has broadcast about the oilsands. All the ads are based on first person accounts, all talking about how "'I want to protect my environment and how we're doing this new innovative thing that's making it all OK.' "These things are designed to lessen the scary impact of the huge industrial development and toxic tailings, so in that context, when somebody says it's just yogurt, that's what they were implying.---

…As the Conference Board study noted, since 1993, the richest 20% has increased its share of total income, while both the poorest and the middle groups have taken home a smaller piece of the economic pie. A system that lets a small group gain more while the majority is forced to settle for less, despite ever-greater effort, is a prescription for trouble. No one knows the tipping point, but lock enough people out of the promise of gains and at some point, instead of stability and growth, you get social unrest. Read More:


The ads argue instead that intensifying tar sands production will actually help liberate women from oppressive petrocracies like Saudi Arabia. They also imply that we must support the controversial Keystone XL pipeline because it will decrease our reliance on “conflict oil”. According to the ads, “We bankrolled a state that doesn’t allow women to drive, doesn’t allow them to leave their homes or work without their male guardian’s permission and a state where a woman’s testimony only accounts for half of a man’s”.

Read More: ---Activists can have a sense of humour, too. Greenpeace Canada has been running a campaign inviting remixes of these really corny ads being run by CAPP, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. The ads don't show big trucks and holes in the ground; they try to put a human face on the oil sands by having real people standing in forests and by lakes. They compare the oil sands to yogurt and peanut butter. CAPP doesn't think Greenpeace is being funny; their flack is quoted in the Post: "They've actually started making these attacks personal, against everyday, hard-working Canadians, and that is where, in our view, they cross the line into cyberb

ing." As if CAPP wasn't responsible for using these people as human shields.---

A female voice pleads to the viewer, “Why are we paying their bills and funding their oppression?” Read More: a

The “ethical oil” mantra was proposed by Canadian journalist Ezra Levant in his 2010 book, Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands. is a website headed by Mr. Levant that promotes the book’s ideas and conducts some campaign-style activities, including demonstrations. Its goal is to be like Greenpeace, but for the other side and minus the lawbreaking tactics, said Mr. Velshi. The ads are paid for from donations made largely by individuals, including many oil workers in Alberta.

While politicians like federal Environment Minister Peter Kent have adopted the label, Canada’s oil community has preferred to talk about “responsible” Canadian energy, a softer narrative that is more easily defended and less confrontational. Truth is, many of the multinationals working in Canada’s oil sands, from Total SA to Chevron Corp., are also players in Saudi Arabia. The kingdom is a big employer of Canadian oil workers and of Canadian energy expertise and technology. Read More:

Read More: ---Saudi royal thieving sat uneasily with traditional Bedouin culture. The Saud clan were once small-scale desert warlords who captured Mecca by force of arms as recently as 1926 and abolished slavery only in 1962. Their milieu was ascetic, fundamentalist and harsh, and until the arrival of oil on the scene any bribes had been very minor lubricants. But now the cash could be counted in hundreds of millions. For the Sudairi clan to be seen to fill their boots with hitherto unimaginable quantities of gold, and then often to spend those millions in the west on drink, drugs, yachts, roulette and prostitutes, was to invite Islamist censure and the spectre of political revolt. A good deal of nonsense was talked by apologists in the west about "traditional Arab culture". In fact, those who got such arms payoffs took good care to keep them secret, and they became officially illegal.....

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