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Newsweek’s Obituary for the Athabasca Tar Sands

Posted February 27, 2015 by The Mound of Sound

Is it time for the Barons of Bitumen to wave the white flag?  That seems to be the case according to an article from the latest NewsWeek, “Keystone and the Riddle of the Tar Sands.”

…some of Alberta’s crude has made its way to market, but so much slower than it could have, or was projected to, that producers, refiners, shippers, banks and other investors in tar sands development are beginning to wonder whether they have backed a good play by investing over $160 billion to turn tar into oil.
So the economic stranding process has already begunFive global energy giants—Shell, Total, Suncor, Statoil and Occidental—have cut bait on major bitumen deposits in Alberta, in which they had already invested billions. Suncor has just slashed another billion dollars from its capital spending program and $800 million more from operating expenses. And as oil prices slide lower, commercial and investment banks are reconsidering future underwritings. An industry that recently envisioned doubling production over the next 20 years is now looking at something closer to the opposite: a halving of production or worse in far fewer than 20 years.
American media coverage of the tar sands has focused primarily on the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which, if completed, would carry 830,000 barrels of Athabasca crude, every day, to the world’s largest refining center near Houston next to a booming export hub.
Because American and Canadian politicians and oil executives have lobbied so hard for its approval, Americans tend to believe that construction of Keystone will secure the future of the tar sands. Not true. To even approach a break-even point, at least four other pipeline routes will be needed to carry bituminous crude to the world’s market: two to the Canadian west, one to the East and one to the North.
If two or three of those lines are somehow stopped, and that’s quite likely to occur, the stranding of the tar sands will escalate, Canada will cease being a petro-state, and its business leaders will begin their search for yet another staple to drive its national economy.
The article singles out Stephen Harper for scrutiny, labeling him Canada’s Ted Cruz.
…Canada’s tar sands booster-in-chief is Prime Minister Stephen Harper, an Alberta-based petrolero who rose to prominence in politics as chief policy officer of the Reform Party, Canada’s version of the American Tea Party. Founded in 1987, Reform merged in 2000 with the floundering Progressive Conservative Party to form a new and almost unbeatable national coalition calling itself the Canadian Conservative Reform Alliance. (After adding Partyto its name, it became CCRAP and was nicknamed “see-crap.”) Harper became party leader of CCRAP, which has since won two national elections. It’s as if Ted Cruz became the Republican front-runner and won the White House twice.
…In Calgary, he became an outspoken and eloquent opponent of Pierre  Trudeau’s National Energy Plan, which seemed set upon nationalizing Canada’s last staple resource. While there is still talk of nationalizing oil and tar sands oil in Canada, and in some polls a majority of Canadians support the idea, that couldn’t possibly happen with Harper in power.
At the 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Harper announced that the expanded production and export of tar sands bitumen was a national priority. Canada, he predicted, was set to become an energy superpower. In Ottawa, he took immediate and aggressive steps to weaken environmental protections like the Navigable Waters Protection Act, which was hindering pipeline construction, and to fast-track tar sands production.
…If Canada’s tar sands do one day become stranded, the equivalent annual emissions of over 65 coal-fired plants and 50 million passenger vehicles will remain underground. And a lot of the credit (or blame) will go to environmental activists, aboriginal communities, litigious farmers and groups like GreenpeaceNRDC and 350.org, which have added to their anti-pipeline advocacy a campaign to pressure institutional investors to divest their “Big Fossil” holdings. Even before divestment began, nine out of 10 tar sands producers’ stocks had underperformed the market. So they are vulnerable. 
…While assets like the tar sands should be stranded, because mining and burning them will raise the temperature of an already overheated planet a degree or more, they are more likely to become stranded because they are either unable to reach market or have lost market value.
The sad irony is that before Canada selected tar sands crude to be its staple export, the country was poised to become a major global contributor to clean energy. It had signed climate treaties, promoted solar energy, developed hydroelectric power and had a prosperous renewable-energy industry under sail, for which the country possessed all the necessary natural and financial resources.
Then one powerful neoliberal free-market zealot decided to double down on high-carbon fuels and announce to the world that tar sands would become the next nation-building staple for his country.
It appears he was wrong about that, which would not be a bad outcome for the planet.
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Oh, This Is Rich. Stephen Harper Wants Us to Listen to Scientists.

Posted February 25, 2015 by The Mound of Sound

“get the facts from the …scientific community, and if you’re not a …scientist yourself, listen to the people who are. It’s that simple.”You heard it right, straight from the lips of Stephen Joseph Harper.  Get the facts from the scientific com…

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Lying about the link between Islamist terror and Islam

Posted February 22, 2015 by JR

In Saturday’s National Post Andrew Coyne (attacking Stephen Harper) argued that we should be “Watching our words on Islamism“.

Coyne makes the odd reasonable observation, like for example:

“… they [Islamists] are commanded by their faith to take up arms in its defence. Of this there can be no doubt: they have said so, on a hundred different occasions, and we would be wise to take them at their word.”

… then, sadly, he decides to advocate for Obama’s highly dubious “strategy” of lying about Islam’s blatantly obvious connection with terrorism – concluding that to be truthful, like Stephen Harper, is “playing with fire“.

In other words, Coyne, like Obama, presumably on the word of so-called “moderate” Muslims (Obama has close associations with members of the Muslim Brotherhood), prefers to ignore the obvious realities of political Islam and its extremist, violent opposition to the West (and to infidels everywhere).  He prefers to go along with the many “moderate” Muslims in the West who peddle the obviously self-serving fiction that ISIS and other similarly motivated terrorists “are not Islamic”.

Rather than trying to mollify these “moderate” Muslims by ignoring or downplaying (lying about) the obvious links between Islam and Islamist terrorism we (that includes you, Mr. Coyne and Pres. Obama) should be insisting that they stop trying to obfuscate or deny the issue and instead to clearly and firmly denounce the radical elements in their midst – march in the streets (as they are so quick to do when Western satirists mock Mohammed).  If, as they claim, ISIS, al Qaeda and other killers are indeed perverting Islam (rather than faithfully observing it) and are giving the one “true” Islam a very bad name, it is up to these “moderates” to be shouting out, en-mass, against it loudly, publicly and often.  Can we expect this to happen any time soon?  Not bloody likely –  especially with the Obamas and Coynes among us giving them cover.

 BTW.  In the NP epaper, there were lots of great critical comments, while in the open version linked above there are a great many of the usual dhimmi leftists supporting Coyne.

And here is Blazing Cat Fur‘s blunt assessment:
 Idiot At National Post Says If We Pretend Islam & Terrorism Aren’t Linked Muslims Will Like Us More!

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OK, CSIS and RCMP,

Posted February 20, 2015 by Boris

You guys know the Harper Government is not forever, eh? That Bill C-51, with all the whizbang spy-and-dick-with-everyone-and-make-everything-illegal bill looks shiny and fun, but it sets you up for a terrific fall. Here’s why.

First, despite what it m…

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The Globe and Mail’s ridiculous head-in-the-sand stupidity

Posted February 2, 2015 by JR

Globe editorial – Parliament must reject Harper’s secret policeman bill:

 “Prime Minister Stephen Harper never tires of telling Canadians that we are at war with the Islamic State.”
News flash, we ARE at war with the Islamic State.  The Islamic State has declared war on Canada.  Our CF-18’s are bombing them.  Our special forces are on the ground designating targets and shooting back at ISIS fighters in self defence.

“… recklessly conflates the two recent lone-wolf incidents in Canada with the Islamic State’s call for attacks on “non-believing countries.”  … no evidence that either attacker was connected to ISIS. …”
Wrong.  Police and CSIS investigators have shown that both Jihadi terrorists were inspired by ISIS videos and propaganda.

“If the Prime Minister has evidence that either attack was directly linked to ISIS, he should provide it …”
No! With our own eyes and ears we’ve seen and heard what atrocities ISIS has committed and is threatening to commit.  If the Globe has any evidence that ISIS is NOT a threat, then IT should provide it.

Whoever wrote this piece of nonsense is doing so either from Neville Chamberlain’s naive head-in-the-sand playbook or as anti-Harper political propaganda. Or both.

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First round for ranging …. Battery! …. SHOOT!!!

Posted February 1, 2015 by Dave

Ohhh … look at this …

On target. Repeat!!

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Does anyone doubt an early election now?

Posted January 5, 2015 by trashee

First, this morning, with the ouster of the Burglar of National Defense, Harper was clearly wiping the table of any “nuisance” that may dog him during the campaign. Now, it comes to light that Harper will deign to meet the Premier of Canada’s largest province before the junior hockey game tonight; thus deflecting criticism that […]

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OK, cupboard

Posted December 19, 2014 by Boris

Well, we had to know that at some point the man would have to account for his cupboardliness in the face of danger. The excuses, sorry, reasons are apparently as follows.

1. His MPs hustled him away and stashed him with the mops and things.
2. The RCM…

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NEB: Rubber-stamping pipelines and boasting about it

Posted December 10, 2014 by Boris

Hostile to the public interest. Conservative Party agent. Oil sector agent. In league with Satan. Pick your description, either the formerly respectable National Energy Board, which you pay for, will not help you understand and possibly object to an oi…

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Talking tough

Posted November 19, 2014 by Boris

The cupboardly man is talking tough regarding two regions of the world with the potential to blow-up. Ukraine-Russia and Israel-Palestine are flirting with major war and insurrection.

Our PM may think it is low risk to mouth-off to Putin or declare so…

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