Help us make our goal, we're 73% there! Spread the word!
Snow falls in Vancouver today, as here and across North America, people wind down at work, take off for vacations, and turn inward to enjoy time with families and friends. Six days before Christmas is perhaps the quietest time of year.
You might say it's the time when few people are online, few people have the intellectual or emotional time or space to react to what the government might do. It's a time when listening to children's sweet voices singing songs about peace in the world engages us more than challenging issues like solving climate change.
Or, like the fact that Canada's Energy Board announced yesterday its decision to recommend approval with conditions of the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline.
After a year and a half of public hearings in which more than a thousand people engaged in the public process to tell the energy board's panel that they opposed the Enbridge pipeline and to give evidence of the threat it poses to British Columbia's pristine coastline, the government released this huge news story at a time when few are watching and in a way that it made it seem there was little story. Smart, eh?
In the video below, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Canada's strongest oil lobby group, frames the tar sands as "oil sands" and promotes their economic benefits to Canadians....
An historic event seemed almost like a non event at a media "lock-up" in Calgary, where a 400 page report, obtuse even to journalists covering the story for months, was delivered with no explanation from the authors, no question and answer period to understand points, only access to the energy board's communications director on points to do with "process."
What an epic story with a Shakespearean cast of characters and stakes as high as they get.
Meanwhile, your support of The Tar Sands Reporting project, has been epic. We've reached 73% of our goal in only 13 days.
Please help us make it to 100% before Christmas. Please ask your family and friends to pledge even $5. Please tweet it out, post it on Facebook, and help us get the word out to as many people as possible.
We've heard in the last 24 hours that the fiercest fight has just begun. That this will be the biggest environmental battle that has ever taken place in Canada. Please help us ensure that this story is told through the people whose lives it will impact most. Thank you so much!
Linda and Jenny