Some Canadian environmentalists are blaming this ecological nightmare on foreign investors. Their analysis is both mistaken and dangerous: the tar sands are firmly in Canadian hands, and those hands are very dirty.
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Morales’ action is a victory for local social movements fighting corporate violence. and a step towards ending 500 years of foreign powers stripping the country of its natural resources.
The recent Alberta election was a welcome setback for bigots and climate change deniers, but big oil won anyway. Once again, there is a majority government that is absolutely committed to a massive increase in the exploitation of the tar sands.