Ecosocialist Notebook

Do revolutionaries control the tar sands pipeline debate?

According to the CEO of Enbridge, yes we do!

Patrick Daniel, who heads the company that spilled three million litres of tar sands bitumen into the Kalamazoo River, and that now wants to pipe to the same toxic brew from Alberta to the Pacific over 773 streams and rivers, is whining that the debate just isn’t fair.

After all, Enbridge is just an inoffensive multi-billion dollar corporation, while its opponents are … well, they’re a bunch of nasty revolutionaries.

“Environmental groups opposed to the Northern Gateway pipeline have seized control of the public debate, Enbridge Inc. CEO Patrick Daniel told a radio audience Monday.

“’Everything that we say sounds defensive and self-interested, and on the other side, everything they say … is really taken as gospel — and it isn’t,’ Daniel said on the Rutherford Show.

“’I think we’re facing a very strong, almost revolutionary movement to try to get off oil worldwide, and it creates a lot of passion and drive in those revolutionaries that are trying to change the environment in which we work.'” (Edmonton Journal, August 13, 2012)

Daniel is quite correct, although not in the way he means. A comment attributed to George Orwell says it best: “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

A little truth is getting through Big Oil’s wall of lies — and to Enbridge it is the sound of distant drums.

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Ian

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