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Canada at Copenhagen: Help or Hindrance?

According to George Monbiot, a columnist for The Guardian, we are not only a hindrance:

The tar barons have held the nation to ransom. This thuggish petro-state is today the greatest obstacle to a deal in Copenhagen.

Personally, I agree with him. One only needs to look at the shameful performance of the past governments (both Liberals and Conservatives) to see that.

But you know what really angers me? The fact that the tar sands are even viable operations.

It’s not the high price of oil. No, it is much, much worse than that.

Last year, Stephen Harper’s government gave over TWO BILLION DOLLARS of federal subsidies to the tar sands operations. That, and not the price of oil, is why this atrocity is continuing.

Personally, I think that is really sad.

A) The landscape and the environment are being destroyed. But, even more importantly:

B) People are getting CANCER from the oil sands – heavy metals and toxins are leeching into rivers and the groundwater from the tailings ponds.

And once the groundwater is contaminated, it takes a long time to purify. A really, really long time.

Come on, Canada. Wake up.

LOL,

Tim

—-The full article can be found here.

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