Letters to the Editor

Socialist standards fail under scrutiny

To the Editor,

Re: Writers challenge facts, but fabricate their own details, Letters, Jan. 3.

Environmentalists are determined to make the proposed Gateway Pipeline the most contentious energy project in living memory, but their primary goal is to cripple Alberta’s oil sands industry.

They will brand any supporter as a paid shill of corporate interests even while they accept and operate under direct funding from American political interests.

More than $300 million from U.S. foundations has poured into the bank accounts of Canadian activists since 2000.

These massive amounts of money are then distributed to a wide range of ‘environmental’ and aboriginal organizations working in concert to obstruct oil sands development.

Letter writer Liz Fox doesn’t deny the funding, only describing such massive amounts as “only a small part of their funding”.

Activists like to point out that ‘only 500’ permanent B.C. jobs will remain on completion of Gateway, but they ignore the hundreds of millions of dollars in annual tax revenue it will provide to the Canadian economy. They decry ‘cuts’ to health care and education even while they work to cripple our ability to monetize our resources.

I’d guess Fox would be a supporter of U.S. President Barack Obama, especially since he recently delayed building of the Keystone XL pipeline.

In an address to the U.S. Supreme Court, Obama complained that “foreign corporations” could influence U.S. elections. Yet Fox has no issue with powerful and wealthy U.S. foundations deliberately and directly influencing domestic energy policy here in Canada.

Forgive me for repeating myself, but again, if it weren’t for double standards, socialists would have no standards at all.

Randy O’Donnell

Nanaimo

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