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Issues: Stephen Harper And The ‘Ethical Oil’ Gang
As Prime Minister Stephen Harper appears set to ignore the hearings on the Enbridge pipeline in favour of his friends in Big Oil, an interesting picture emerged this week of just who is pulling the strings behind the scenes.While more and more Canadians are beginning to ask why the Prime Minister doesnâ€™t want to refine the tar sands oil in Alberta, thereby creating thousands of long-term jobs, instead of rushing through the pipeline project and endangering BC wilderness, environment and livelihoods, the Huffington Post has published a new look at the PMâ€™s inner circle on this file.
Originally Published On Huff Post 17/01/12
GRAPHIC: Six Degrees of Separation Between Ethical Oil and Conservatives
There has been some great work done recently exposing the web of connections between the Canadian Conservative party and the Ethical Oil tar sands PR campaign.
See in particular the work by Emma Pullman and Deep Climate.
This builds on a post I wrote about former Ethical Oil front-man Alykhan Velshi, who curiously left the warm embrace of the party for a few months to poke his finger into various eyes before returning to the Prime Minister’s Office.
For those of you looking for a simple way to represent these ties, here is a graphic that tries to capture some of the main ones uncovered so far. Please pass it around so that some daylight shines into this dirty business.