Friday, September 07, 2018
Justin, You Could Try Putting the Pin Back in that Grenade.
You know you're dealing with grifters when a logical, perfectly sound idea won't even be acknowledged much less discussed. Unfortunately that makes Justin Trudeau, Rachel Notley, Andrew Scheer, Jason Kenney and the rest of them a pack of grifters.
What's that logical, perfectly sound idea? It's the proposition that the Tar Sanders refine all the pet coke, acids, carcinogens, heavy metals and other contaminants out of their bitumen before shipping it to the B.C. coast. Those are the persistent, lethal contaminants that imperil our coast and our marine ecology. They are the major risk we're left to dutifully accept for the sake of the "national interest."
Trudeau, like another thug featured in the news on a daily basis, believes that his declaration of "national interest" is an end of the matter. If the national interest comes with that price tag, one to be borne by our province and coastal British Columbia's ecology, then British Columbia's vital interest and Trudeau's laughable national interest are irreconcilable.
At the very least, Trudeau should tell us why the refineries to transform this toxic sludge into commercial grade synthetic crude haven't been built. There's been oodles of time to build them and get them up and running.
Surely Trudeau has some obligation to account for his decisions to what he glibly calls "stakeholders" which, in this case, is the population and government of British Columbia. Explain why these fossil fuel degenerates will not even hear of the idea.
And while he's coming clean on the obvious refining solution he can show us the science he repeatedly claims his government has done that mysteriously is nowhere to be found. Environment Canada doesn't have it. The Royal Society of Canada hasn't seen it. As far as those bodies are concerned it doesn't exist. Both say the science hasn't been done. Both, in effect, say our prime ministerial grifter is making this shit up.
We have a problem taking Trudeau at his word but that's because he has repeatedly shown his word is worthless. Remember "social licence"? Remember his pledge to consult First Nations? Remember when he vowed to clean house at the hopelessly corrupt National Energy Board and start the review process afresh? So, where is "the science" he keeps referencing? Whatever comes out of this man's mouth might just as well be coming out of his arse.
Until Trudeau can make a persuasive case for why Athabasca bitumen cannot be refined on site in order to ameliorate the risk of catastrophe he wants to impose on British Columbia, then it's our obligation to fight his damned pipeline, fang and claw. And, until then, his declaration of "national interest" is nothing but empty words from a grifter.