Granted that Ezra Levant is a major league shit disturber and unabashed zionist; whn the target is Saudi oil as unethical, the the pot calling the kettle black. black gold that is. Alberta bound. Still, as demagogic, reflexive, ideological and insupportable that he is,you can look at Levant’s latest foray as entertainment; the kind of Canadian ghetto humor that is in line with Canada’s garrison mentality depicted by Northrop Frye. Canada’s role in bombing hapless Libya is reflective of this new muscular conservatism moving deeper into conservative territory, trying to shape Canada’s identity crisis and simultaneously undermine the peace process in the Middle East by seeking merely to “reform” the tradition of Pan-Arabian feudalism.
…The commercials are sponsored by a tiny grassroots organization based in Toronto, EthicalOil.org, which encourages consumers to favour “ethical” oil from Canada over “conflict” oil that comes from undemocratic regimes, where most of the world’s oil reserves are located.EthicalOil.org ran the commercials on the Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada in late August. The Saudis responded by hiring lawyers to tell the Television Bureau of Canada, the advertising review and clearance service funded by Canada’s private broadcasters, to withdraw approval of the ads. The group was so outraged by the Saudis’ “intimidation tactics” it started running the commercials again this week on the Sun News Network and was planning to run them on CTV, until the network backed out, said Alykhan Velshi, executive director of EthicalOil.org. Read More:http://www.financialpost.com/todays-paper/Saudi+Ethical+Warfare/5433024/story.html
But is the oil from Saudi really any less ethical. After all, they have been induced ( again ) to open the valves so the world can avoid recession. Mind you, the West has to keep the despots on the throne but the U.S. balance of payments off 20% less pricey crude is worth something. no? But, the West also appears inexorably moving towards the same degree of income stratification that characterizes Saudi Arabia and even Egypt:
The Conference Board’s international review of the data shows that since the mid-1990s, Canada went from better-than-average to worse-than-average levels of inequality, slumping from 14th to 22nd place out of 32 OECD countries. Our decline was more rapid than even the United States, despite a decade of robust economic growth and record levels of job creation. At the very same time, 15 OECD nations — including many of our peers, like Norway, Italy and the U.K. — were reducing income inequality.No matter your political leanings, most people understand that endless concentration of income, wealth and power is bad for the economy. After all, businesses rely on rising purchasing power of the many, not the few, to deliver growth and profits. The top 10% of Canadian households have seen steady gains in income, but it wasn’t until 2007 that most incomes finally nudged ahead of where they stood in 1976, in constant dollar terms. Then the recession hit….
…As the Conference Board study noted, since 1993, the richest 20% has increased its share of total income, while both the poorest and the middle groups have taken home a smaller piece of the economic pie. A system that lets a small group gain more while the majority is forced to settle for less, despite ever-greater effort, is a prescription for trouble. No one knows the tipping point, but lock enough people out of the promise of gains and at some point, instead of stability and growth, you get social unrest. Read More:http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/09/20/armine-yalnizyan-income-inequality-is-a-problem-for-everyone/
The ads argue instead that intensifying tar sands production will actually help liberate women from oppressive petrocracies like Saudi Arabia. They also imply that we must support the controversial Keystone XL pipeline because it will decrease our reliance on “conflict oil”. According to the ads, “We bankrolled a state that doesn’t allow women to drive, doesn’t allow them to leave their homes or work without their male guardian’s permission and a state where a woman’s testimony only accounts for half of a man’s”.
A female voice pleads to the viewer, “Why are we paying their bills and funding their oppression?” Read More:http://www.desmogblog.com/ a
The “ethical oil” mantra was proposed by Canadian journalist Ezra Levant in his 2010 book, Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands. EthicalOil.org is a website headed by Mr. Levant that promotes the book’s ideas and conducts some campaign-style activities, including demonstrations. Its goal is to be like Greenpeace, but for the other side and minus the lawbreaking tactics, said Mr. Velshi. The ads are paid for from donations made largely by individuals, including many oil workers in Alberta.
While politicians like federal Environment Minister Peter Kent have adopted the label, Canada’s oil community has preferred to talk about “responsible” Canadian energy, a softer narrative that is more easily defended and less confrontational. Truth is, many of the multinationals working in Canada’s oil sands, from Total SA to Chevron Corp., are also players in Saudi Arabia. The kingdom is a big employer of Canadian oil workers and of Canadian energy expertise and technology. Read More:http://www.financialpost.com/todays-paper/Saudi+Ethical+Warfare/5433024/story.html