How frackin’ dumb do they think we are?Posted by Tom Fletcher
Here’s one of the lesser-known aboriginal blockades in northern B.C. targeting the Pacific Trails pipeline project to bring natural gas to Kitimat, for an LNG project partly owned by the Haisla Nation. While recognized governments of Canada, B.C. and First Nations have approved these projects, a splinter group has mounted a campaign with the help of professional protesters from Vancouver.
(Notice the term “decolonized” that is currently in vogue as Idle No More protests swell in cities, thanks in large measure to earnest but poorly informed non-native campus radicals.)
This week’s column on the U.S. influence in B.C. and Canada’s environmental movement has excited quite a bit of feedback. Regarding fossil fuels, it seems few people are aware of the international business agendas at work here. It’s fine I suppose if corporations want to compete for market share, but when they dress it up as environmentalism and conceal their own role using front groups such as Sierra Club, it doesn’t do much to instil confidence in these self-styled green warriors.
While the urban media cover the staged protests and relay the protesters’ talking points, here’s a look behind the curtain. This link describes how the United Arab Emirates government provided funding so the movie Promised Land could be made.
Here’s one from Vivian Krause documenting Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s “partnership income” from competing pipeline ventures in the U.S., flowed through to efforts by West Coast Environmental Law and Pembina Foundation to oppose the Enbridge project.
And here’s one where the executive director of the Sierra Club admits to accepting $26 million from Chesapeake Energy, one of the U.S.’s largest gas companies, to run a campaign against coal. Michael Brune gamely argues that this was before Sierra discovered the evils of fracking, and tries to make it sound like they refused the dirty gas money, but you’ll notice they didn’t give any of it back.
Some people protest out of well-researched belief. Some do it for the money, and many just follow the crowd.