A controversial oil pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast "absolutely needs to go ahead," Canada's prime minister said Thursday, and he warned that the oil will be transported through America one way or another.
A few massive derailments and you'd have armed Americans stopping trains. If Harper thinks he has the power to ram oil trough a country where many people don't want it flowing, either by rail or pipeline, then he's even more nuts than his actions so far make him out to be.
People talk about the arrogance of P.E.T., but I've never seen a Canadian act the way Harper does.
Carbon dioxide has already been legally determined to be a pollutant in the US and emissions must eventually be regulated, making something like the oil sands in the form they are currently being run almost impossible to legally support in the US.
Instead of trying to find ways to reduce emissions and create some accountability within the oil industry Harper is acting as if he works for them and not Canadians.
Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
On remand, EPA found that six greenhouse gases “in the atmosphere may reasonably be anticipated both to endanger public health and to endanger public welfare.” On February 16, 2010, the states of Alabama, Texas, and Virginia and several other parties sought judicial review of EPA's determination in the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. On June 26, 2012, the court issued an opinion which dismissed the challenges to the EPA's endangerment finding and the related GHG regulations. The three-judge panel unanimously upheld the EPA's central finding that GHG such as carbon dioxide endanger public health and were likely responsible for the global warming experienced over the past half century.
If Americans don't support continued pollution
on a massive scale and the risk of epic spills of heavy crude coming from Canada, then I seriously doubt our PM threatening them is going to do much good.
We need a PM who represents Canada, not the oil industry which the best evidence indicates is on the way out.