Is there nothing as fraught as a Canadian of any political stripe claiming that we are being manipulated by the United States?
The ammunition for Ottawa’s broadside against the pipeline’s opponents is drawn in part from the work of a relatively little-known blogger from North Vancouver. In the last 15 months, independent blogger and single mother Vivian Krause has become a one-person clearinghouse on how U.S. money is helping finance Canadian environmental activism. Ms. Krause has used her “Fair Questions” blog to document the money trail behind what she calls the “U.S.-funded campaign against Canadian oil” – research that’s been used by defenders of the oil sands, including the lobby group Ethical Oil, to blunt criticism of the tarry resource.
While "ethical oil" is one of the silliest ideas going it's obviously not as bad as the blood diamonds or blood chocolate of some other energy sources. Yet it sure isn't so pure as to deserve the label ethical. Let's just call it "relatively a lot better" oil. That being the case, there is a valid political debate over whether methods of extraction or delivery or price or any number of other things are as good as they might be.
There is a parallel debate going on near here in central New York about another method of extraction, hydro fracking. And there is debate. That is a good thing. But that might be only be a good thing in America. Because, according to the story, folks would "like to see the Gateway pipeline succeed, but after decisions made by Canadians alone." That's asbestos logic. There's money in outsourcing so don't ask those who have to take on the associated issues. Especially Americans. Because we are generally so dislocated from them, separated. Aren't we. Makes sense.