Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Neil Young Calls Out Stephen Harper on Tar Sands

Stephen Harper is an international embarrassment for his unconditional hawking of the tar sands, disregarding the rights of First Nations, and ignoring the negative environmental effects. On the latter, we already know that Harper is muzzling scientists, preferring to listen to corporate greed over facts and research. Neil Young is drawing new attention to the tar sands fiasco - and the overall fiasco of the Harper Conservative government - which is reckless about environmental conservation, the rights of First Nations, and Canada's increasingly tarnished reputation. The responses from the PMO by Harper's employee are amplifying all this.

Update: Prime Minister's office responds to Neil Young's protest against Tar Sands.

"Even the lifestyle of a rock star relies, to some degree, on the resources developed by thousands of hard-working Canadians every day," Jason MacDonald said in a statement. "Our government recognizes the importance of developing resources responsibly and sustainably and we will continue to ensure that Canada's environmental laws and regulations are rigorous." Read more here.

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  1. Notice how they try to imply that Young is a hypocrite because even he needs oil. This is so typical of the absolutist thinking of the Harper cabal, where there is only one 'right' answer. Nuance is not something their brains seem able to entertain. And as for the accusation of hypocrisy, that is profoundly rich coming from those guys, LD

  2. You're quite right, Lorne. Harper cabal thinks they want to make Canada prosperous. No hypocrisy as far as they're concerned.

    What is even more worrisome is that both Liberals and NDP are not against Tar Sands development.

    Last night Mulcair of NDP was interviewed on local CTV. He wanted better trains for oil transportation (given the recent accidents) and he also seemed to be in favour of crude oil pipeline from Alberta to Saint John N.B. He thinks it will bring prosperity for the Maritimes.