Sol Sanders | Follow the money No. 97 | A pipeline to …well, almost …eternity

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JOYFUL's picture

I gather that this article is to be read as a short story fiction entry?

level-headed Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper – an economist and native of Canada’s provincial giant oilwell, Alberta

Stephen Harper grew up in the western suburbs of Toronto, went to preppy Richview Collegiate, and then crawled his way up the  ladder to the top of the economist fraternity via a job in the mail room at an oil company office in Alberta. 

I'm not aware of Mr Harper having held any kind of job subsequently that wasn't of a political nature.  So now we finally know: an economist is somebody who avoids the private sector religiously and knows no more than the next guy about anything except getting ahead in the corporate-state kleptocraptic world. 

If this is the kind of "intelligence" that gets filed in Washington, no wonder foreign imbroglios have been the trade mark of successive US governments ever since Reagan.  Is Sol Sanders a retired CIA intelligence analyst cum science fiction writer?

ItsDanger's picture

Listen to him speak on different issues and compare to other politicians.  You might change your opinion.   Not saying that your comment isnt factually correct but its worthwhile to look beyond a resume.

JOYFUL's picture

I've listened to him speak far too often, and would rate his speaking style as just slightly less grating than chalk on a blackboard. 

As to substance, well I suppose you are lauding him from the angle of not requiring a teleprompter to appear in public?? Well comparisons with the current crop of international 'leaders' is a slippery slope....I seem to remember not too long ago him being caught reading almost verbatim the same speech as the Australian quisling puppet of the moment.  Since they all read what the Rothchilds foreign affairs dept directs them too, how the heck are we to suppose anything he says is an original idea>!?!?

Lord Koos's picture

"Radical environmentalists"?  What a crock of shit propganda piece this is... what, are you on the Koch brothers' payroll?  There are legitimate concerns about the contamination of the Ogallala Aquifer and the construction of this pipeline.  In the long run, water WILL be worth more than oil. The Ogallala water table supports the agriculture of Wyoming, S. Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas -- 27% of the irrigated land in the USA.  Oh yeah and people drink it too.

We've had 35 years to prepare for peak oil, and this is the best we can do... it's pathetic.  And even at this point, there is no serious national initiatve to conserve fossil fuels.

GNWT's picture


If we had taken all of the mopney from the Iraq and Afghan wars and spent it on giving solar/wind at whatever cost to any home that could use it effectively, we wouldh'a have to be in the middle east begging or waging war.

So, you are about to say, but it is not cost efficient.

If you add up the cost of the wars we fight, 9/11, etc., it is inexpensive.

You are not going to be energy independent with pipelines next to water supplies.

Oh, I know, they are safe.

So were Japanese nulcear plants.

Please get real, and stop with the Obama this and Republican that stuff, they are owned by the same masters.

Those masters are banks that have interest in oil speculating - GS - and oil companies.

Is that so nuanced that those of you who believe that oil companies are overregulated cannot see it?

And most of all, if you think the energy solution is going to come from smiliing geologists who tout fracking and the oil companies, got this Euro Bond here for sale.

Think out of the box please or you will die in one.

apberusdisvet's picture

"I will totally transform the United States of America"

(to a certifiable banana republic.)



SAT 800's picture

It is economically significant; pipeline building jobs are high paying jobs and it isn't going to get done in five minutes; Anyone who dithers to protect their voting profile from 15 hippies until the pipeline goes to BC for the Chinese should be tried for treason.

steelrules's picture

It ceases to amaze me how the province in Canada which now supplies nearly 3 million barrles of oil a day to the US has a 3 billion dollar deficit?

Some how some way the oil is being given away.

Forgiven's picture

They have this little thing up there in Alberta called, "socialism."  It tends to be like cancer anywhere it be found.  The province spends money like drunken irishman drinks double after double.

SAT 800's picture

Nobodies giving anything away. The subject is a little more complex than you imagine.

Lord Koos's picture

It's not complicated at all. Take resources from public lands, without letting the profits from said resources benefit the people of that region, while huge private profits are enjoyed. Destroy residents' environment as a bonus. Appalachian mining comes to mind.

I got the Bull by The Horns - HELP's picture

Fellow ZH's,

If you are relying on a Chinese internal bailout of its economy I would not hold your breath. The pump priming of the Chinese economy has gone astray.

An email from a contact in China:

"At this present time, I work as a Foreign Supervision Group 1 Leader, on a construction of a 40km (out of 60km) long section of High Speed Railway (HSR), between Hefei and Fuzhou in China.

There are problems here ranging from rampant corruption, to piss-poor quality of work, and even worse safety standards, and the government has almost stopped the funding to 90% of these projects, mainly because of it, and is trying to sort it all out. The Minister of Railways, and his deputies, were jailed last February for embezzling over 24 billion US $!!! Because of these uncertainties, and also other issues, I'll, most probably, be leaving China early next year, "
BigInJapan's picture

He won't be leaving after his minders figure out who exactly your friend is.

Mr. Fix's picture

This country is in desperate need of a safe and secure supply of oil.

 Which is exactly why Obama will never let that happen.

Lord Koos's picture

Yeah well we should have thought about that 30 years ago.  If we had been practicing conservation for the last 30 years instead of driving Escalades and Hummers we'd be in a lot better shape now.   But just like any addict, we are now at the point where anything and anyone who stands between us and our supply, is expendable.