Lobbyists for Big Oil have used a bunch of actors to say they’ll vote for oil and gas (like offshore drilling, tar sands and fracking!). So we made our own little video in response:

http://vote-4-energy.org/

benvironment:

This made me laugh.
It’s the winning entry in a poster competition that was set by Greenpeace earlier this year, in an effort to counter the claims made by CAPP (Canadian Association of  Petroleum Producers) and the Canadian Government that tar sands oil is sustainable.
It’s deliberately as patronising and cynical as the messages and communiqués coming out of Government, but even this struggles to reach the dizzying heights of cynicism and offensiveness that the bonkers Ethical Oil campaign reached later in 2011.
If you’re not familiar with that lunacy, then take a look at this previous story:
Aboriginal? Female? Gay? Unemployed? Great! You’ll love our oil!
The kitten poster features Canadian PM Stephen Harper and was subsequently plastered all over Ottawa.  It was designed by Bryn MacDonald of Alberta, who according to Greenpeace’s press release is:
“…a former chemical engineer who consulted on  oil projects around the world, including in the Alberta tar sands. He is  also served eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces and served on a UN  peacekeeping tour in Nicosia, Cyprus.  In 2008, he made big changes in  his life. He left the oil industry, traded his car for a bicycle, became  a vegetarian and committed himself to working actively at solving  environmental problems rather than increasing them.”
I posted this to continue a ‘Canada’ theme in the run up to this Friday’s important vote in the EU that will determine the future of tar sands in Europe and farther afield.  For more info on that, take a look at yesterday’s story:
Spineless UK ready to block tar sands legislation in Europe

benvironment:

This made me laugh.

It’s the winning entry in a poster competition that was set by Greenpeace earlier this year, in an effort to counter the claims made by CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) and the Canadian Government that tar sands oil is sustainable.

It’s deliberately as patronising and cynical as the messages and communiqués coming out of Government, but even this struggles to reach the dizzying heights of cynicism and offensiveness that the bonkers Ethical Oil campaign reached later in 2011.

If you’re not familiar with that lunacy, then take a look at this previous story:

Aboriginal? Female? Gay? Unemployed? Great! You’ll love our oil!

The kitten poster features Canadian PM Stephen Harper and was subsequently plastered all over Ottawa.  It was designed by Bryn MacDonald of Alberta, who according to Greenpeace’s press release is:

“…a former chemical engineer who consulted on oil projects around the world, including in the Alberta tar sands. He is also served eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces and served on a UN peacekeeping tour in Nicosia, Cyprus.  In 2008, he made big changes in his life. He left the oil industry, traded his car for a bicycle, became a vegetarian and committed himself to working actively at solving environmental problems rather than increasing them.”

I posted this to continue a ‘Canada’ theme in the run up to this Friday’s important vote in the EU that will determine the future of tar sands in Europe and farther afield.  For more info on that, take a look at yesterday’s story:

Spineless UK ready to block tar sands legislation in Europe

Reblogged from benvironment

Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama said jobs created by TransCanada Corp.’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline wouldn’t be worth the health and safety consequences if a spill contaminated water supplies.