Alberta buys $30,000 ad pushing Keystone XL in New York Times
The Alberta government took out a half-page ad in the New York Times newspapers to push the controversial TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline.
Headlined "Keystone XL: The Choice of Reason", the ad emphasized the commonalities between Alberta and U.S. goals and values:
"America's desire to effectively balance strong environmental policy, clean technology development, energy security and plentiful job opportunities for the middle class and returning war veterans mirrors that of the people of Alberta."
The ad also stressed the recent U.S. State Department report indicating that the pipeline would not have a significant impact on the environment, and argued that some critics "argue that Keystone should be decided on emotion rather than science and fact about Canada's responsibly developed oil sands resource."
The U.S. State Department report was later revealed to have been written by a TransCanada hiree, while the European Commission has proposed that oil sands crude should be ranked as a dirtier source of fuel compared to oil from conventional wells.