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  •  Canada is also the only country in the world to (11+ / 0-)

    pullout of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

    Those in Canada who are paying attention (and their populace is no smarter than ours, unfortunately) are screaming but PM Stephen Harper (their George W. Bush but smarter and much craftier) seems to believe that Canada can be a world power with the oil from their tar sands.   He's been able to roll right over much of his opposition and has gotten rid of many who oppose him who were on governmental scientific / advisory boards.  Nothing/no one seems to be able to stop him because he finds a way around every roadblock in one way or another.  He couldn't get his Plan A (pipelines across Canada) so he's going around that roadblock by making America his Plan B.  Because Harper has Big Oil and America's Republicans on his side, he sees us as too weak and vulnerable to stop him.

    I hope we can prove him wrong.

    To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

    by Eyesbright on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 03:51:07 PM PDT

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    •  Seems like Obama's already agreed based on press (0+ / 0-)

      team comments after his Argonne thing 9 days ago.

      Of course, he knows that its only a matter of time before a major disaster if he approves this and the quantity of tar sands hitting the marketing will steadily increase until 2030.  See below:

      The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ own report stated that Keystone is necessary to increase the expansion of tar sands. In June 2012, it noted that:

      Production from oil sands currently comprises 59 per cent of western Canada’s total crude oil production. In this forecast, oil sands production rises from 1.6 million b/d in 2011 to almost double at 3.1 million b/d by 2020 and 4.2 million b/d by 2025 and 5.0 million b/d by the end of the forecast period in 2030. If the only projects to proceed were the ones in operation or currently under construction, oil sands production would still increase by 54 per cent to 2.5 million b/d by 2020 and then remain relatively flat for the rest of the forecast.

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