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Elizabeth May "shocked" by latest revelation about Harper government and Enbridge

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Really?  Feds plans to drop $100 M on Enbridge infrastructure before the pipeline's been approved?

That's what Elizabeth May and Andrew Weaver, said this morning in a press conference, citing Environment Canada documents they said show that the Harper government is spending more than $100 million on infrastructure to support the proposed Enbridge pipeline, before it's even been approved.

“Documents obtained from Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans reveal that at a time when core science is being cut across the Government of Canada, tax dollars are being spent to do Enbridge’s homework for them,” said Andrew Weaver, the Green Party MLA from Victoria.

The Federal Government is moving forward over the next two years with a $100 million plus, ‘Complementary Measures Project’ (now called ‘World Class’) to research and model the complex waterways in the Kitimat and Hecate Strait region.

"In essence this is a federal government subsidy to the Northern Gateway Project, as they are unable to satisfy basic safety, environmental and regulatory requirements. In fact documents from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans identified that: “Behaviour models specific to dilbit (diluted bitumen) spills do not exist, and existing commercial models for conventional oil do not allow parameter specific modifications," Weaver said.

The funds are being spent to do Enbridge's homework for them, May, the federal Green Party's leader, said.

May said Enbridge didn't do the research on dilbit, so the government is doing it for them. Other money is operational and represents an investment in better weather forecasting for navigational routes for oil tankers  that don't exist yet, May said.

To build the infrastructure for supertanker routes that are currently not used for oil tankers represents jumping the gun, May said. She said she was shocked by this.

Hecate Straight one of the most hazardous bodies of water, according to Environment Canada, she added.

After listing cuts the feds made last year to spending on science projects throughout Canada,  May commented that apparently the Harper administration isn't interested "that kind of science." If you go back to the budget of 2012, you can see what kind of science Harper's interested in, she said, referring to a clause that described projects of interest as "business relevant."

Weaver called on the government of British Columbia to follow through on the concerns they raised in their JRP submission. 

He asked that Premier Christy Clark give an emphatic no to the Northern Gateway Project without ‘needless delay’. He said that "given the evidence available today the BC Government should implement an immediate moratorium on heavy oil tankers in BC coastal waters.”

• Only one in three Americans say they discuss global warming at least occasionally with friends or family, down 8 points since November 2008;

• Few Americans (<8%) communicated publically about global warming in the past 12 months (e.g., online or in the media);

• About one in ten Americans wrote letters, emailed, or phoned a government official about global warming in the past 12 months;

• Of those Americans who contacted a government official in the past 12 months about global warming, three in four say they urged the official to take action to reduce it;

• One in four Americans discussed a company’s “irresponsible environmental behavior” with friends and/or family in the past 12 months;

• Americans who experienced an extreme weather event in the past year were most likely to talk to others about it face-to-face or by phone, while few did so using social media;

• Americans say their own fam

- See more at: http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication/article/how-americans-communicate-about-global-warming-april-2013/#sthash.0vQ2GBvP.dpuf

 

Only one in three Americans say they discuss global warming at least occasionally with friends or family, down 8 points since November 2008;

• Few Americans (<8%) communicated publically about global warming in the past 12 months (e.g., online or in the media);

• About one in ten Americans wrote letters, emailed, or phoned a government official about global warming in the past 12 months;

• Of those Americans who contacted a government official in the past 12 months about global warming, three in four say they urged the official to take action to reduce it;

• One in four Americans discussed a company’s “irresponsible environmental behavior” with friends and/or family in the past 12 months;

• Americans who experienced an extreme weather event in the past year were most likely to talk to others about it face-to-face or by phone, while few did so using social media;

• Americans say their own family and friends have the greatest ability to convince them to take action to reduce global warming;

• If asked by a person they “like and respect”, the actions that Americans are most willing to take are signing a petition, attending a public meeting, or attending a neighborhood meeting about global warming;

• Many Americans (24%) would support an organization that engaged in non-violent civil disobedience against corporate or government activities that make global warming worse;

• One in eight people (13%) say they would be willing to personally engage in non-violent civil disobedience against corporate or government activities that make global warming worse.

Key Six America’s Findings

• Two-thirds of the Alarmed have discussed a company’s “irresponsible environmental behavior” at least occasionally with family or friends over the past 12 months; fewer than half of the other “Six Americas” have done so;

• The Alarmed are the most likely to have written letters, emailed, or phoned a government official about global warming in the past 12 months;

• All Six Americas say their own family and friends have the greatest ability to convince them to take action to reduce global warming.

- See more at: http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication/article/how-americans-communicate-about-global-warming-april-2013/#sthash.TRgOuKIo.dpuf

(14) Comments

Jeffrey Simpson September 5th 2013 | 9:09 AM

Our Prime Mistake once said Canadians would not recognize Canada when he was finished with it, but I repeat that statement back at you dear Prime Mistake. As the irrationality of Alberta's and our Prime Mistake's addiction to a west coast pipeline becomes a bigger and bigger issue in BC, the BC commons will strike back and our Prime Mistake will retreat to the other side of the mountains where, for some weird reason or other, he seems to be appreciated. I think it is all about money! Alberta greed is of the Texas variety. Alberta's stupidity is also of the Texas variety so I think we should suggest to dear Prime Mistake that Alberta be renamed Texas North.

Neb Radojkovic September 5th 2013 | 12:12 PM

In my opinion there is nothing to be shocked about. Haven't Prime (Mistake) Minister been making some very creepy moves since he started in this office. Just to be clear - I am talking about Stephen Harper. The latest (that we caught) money scandals should be a clear warning that there are probably things we don't even know about and that are directly confronting our beliefs and wishes. Harper apparatus is behaving like this is his own backyard and he doesn't need a permit to build anything. It is disgusting. 

Bruce September 5th 2013 | 12:12 PM

The fact that the federal government is spending $M100 on Embridge pipeline infrastructure prior to approval should be no surprise.

 A few years back, Harper made a state visit to China, with a crew of Canadian business "partners" in tow and came back bragging about all sorts of treaties and trade deals with very few details actually being disclosed. I believe the pipeline is embedded in one of those treaties and deals. It must be iron clad because last year CNOOC, China's state owned oil company, bought Nexen, ia major oilsands player. It seems the Chinese would not make that investment without assurances that the product Nexen produces would reach China's shores.

The pipeline commission is simply theatre. The pipeline will go ahead regardless of any science that may raise concerns, public presssure against it or lack of First Nations agreement.

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then...

I personally will buy lots of that dish detergent that cleans oil off sea birds.

Dandy September 5th 2013 | 12:12 PM

Maybe Elizabeth May could avoid those nasty shocks if she paid attention to the government announcements like a good MP rather than talking first and fact checking later. We really don’t need to employ her to retell us about government announcements that are 4 months old.

I am also surprised that she is against tanker safety. Is she naive enough to think she can stop tanker traffic? Or would she prefer unsafe tankers that have large spills?

R A September 5th 2013 | 12:12 PM

This behavior is disturbing. Who authorized the cash flow?

C. Brown September 5th 2013 | 3:15 PM

 It's about time our federal government invested in BC's environment and economy. Ottawa's long term invesments in good paying jobs and leading 21st Century technologies is not just for some to benefit but rather for all BCers benefit.

 "According to the Geological Survey of Canada, the Queen Charlotte Basin contains up to 26 trillion cubic feet (734 billion cubic metres) of natural gas and 9.8 billion barrels (1.56 billion cubic metres) of crude oil. " Which at today's hydrocarbons market value is over $1 trillion worth of oil, and close to $3 trillion worth of gas.  "Three other areas of sedimentary rocks off the B.C. coast have smaller potential resources, primarily natural gas. The entire Pacific Margin region is estimated to contain about four per cent of Canada’s total conventional hydrocarbon resources." British Columbians cannot rely entirely on the fishing, mining and forestry industries to sustain a developed economy, without Ottawa's progressive actions, BC will continue to slide below a third world country's standards of living. 

http://www.centreforenergy.com/Shopping/uploads/111.pdf

Earl Richards September 5th 2013 | 4:16 PM

This project shows that Harper is "bought and paid for" by the tars sands companies and the Calgary oil crowd. Harper is working for Enbridge and not Canadians. Thanks Elizabeth for being the real political opposition. Where's the NDP and the Liberals?

David S September 5th 2013 | 9:21 PM

When Enbridge tried to map the coast they left out all the pesky little rocks and islands that would get in the way of great supertankers of goo. They got a very public F for that crappy piece of homework.

Warren Bell September 6th 2013 | 10:22 PM

Stephen Harper has distinguished himself, since getting in to power, but an appetite for subterfuge, distortion, suppression of dissent, tightly managed and carefully shaped public phrasing, clandestine acts, and deliberate and relentless misrepresentation.

Take the so called "Omnibus Budget Bills" -- both of them.

They were neither Omnibus (they covered vast areas of policy with no hint of a connection to finances -- most of it destructive of environmental protection), nor were they primarily budget-related.

Stephen Harper has wasted money on public relations ($200 million was the last figure I heard, compared to the next highest-spending PM, Jean Chrétien, at $60 million). The purpose? to cover over subversion of democracy with misrepresentations and distortions.

Stephen Harper has passed numerous Orders-in-Council that change the elements of the federal government's function, without passing them through the democratic scrutiny of Parliament.

So this latest trick -- saying there is no decision about the Northern Gateway, while quietly spending tax money subsidizing the pipeline as if it were already approved -- is nothing new.

Stephen Harper, with his embrace of fundamentalist, literalist Christian evangelism, acts under the principle: ".....be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." (Matthew 10:16). This was enunciated by Preston Manning, when he set up the Calgary-based Centre for Building Democracy, funded by a $10 million anonymous corporate gift.

This has been updated from its original sense to mean: "don't speak your aggressive mind; instead put on a gentle face, and pursue your own goals when no-one is looking."

This is precisely what Stephen Harper is doing in this instance -- to his discredit, and to Canada's detriment.

JrTokin September 10th 2013 | 8:08 AM
Dandy wrote:

Maybe Elizabeth May could avoid those nasty shocks if she paid attention to the government announcements like a good MP rather than talking first and fact checking later. We really don’t need to employ her to retell us about government announcements that are 4 months old.

I am also surprised that she is against tanker safety. Is she naive enough to think she can stop tanker traffic? Or would she prefer unsafe tankers that have large spills?

 

If you had listened to the video, if you've read her reports and visited her site or attended any of her meetings, you'd realize how dumb your statement sounds.

Ms. May is NOT against tanker safety, if anything, she's definitely for it. What she's NOT FOR is MORE TANKER TRAFFIC and the misleading information put out by Harper's PAB that is basically an outright lie.

Why is Harper spending 100's of Millions (illegally I might add, as there was no debate or request for funds from taxpayers to prop up weather prediction on a "future proposed" oil-tanker route while cutting essential services and rerouting environment protections and cutting scientist funding for oversight) on fixing up a service that is dependent on oil-supertankers?

You obviously are a troll as you have not done any homework and instead resort to picking on a public servant who's done more for Canada and Canadians than Harper ever has.

Case in point; May wants accountability and transparency, two words that drive Harper insane.

 

John Berkowitz September 12th 2013 | 2:02 AM

It has been no surprise to me. This government is full of corrupt and irresponsible people, who don´t care about this country becoming a complete mess after last drop of oil is drilled. 

We are being constantly brainwashed and then they jump with 100M investment. What about retired Canadians in debt? Who will take care of them, if our government spends millions on a stupid pipeline, which will only polute our environment?

Daniel Anderson November 14th 2013 | 7:19 PM

Have had engine room difficulties in this area. Winter travel not recommended.

 

Daniel Anderson, CD

Sally November 17th 2013 | 4:04 AM

It is very difficult to take you seriously with  the many errors (spelling and grammatical)... I cannot even share on social media.. Hectare Straight??

Grant G November 17th 2013 | 7:07 AM

On Open Letter to Christy Clark and Stephen Harper, Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline is Dead.

 

http://powellriverpersuader.blogspot.ca/2013/11/open-letter-to-christy-c...