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LEAKED – KXL Letter from Canadian PM Harper to US President Obama

LEAKED – KXL Letter from Canadian PM Harper to US President Obama

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Read the letter sent recently, unbeknownst until now to the American and Canadian people, to the White House as the Harper government works to secure approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline.
Read the letter sent recently, unbeknownst until now to the American and Canadian people, to the White House as the Harper government works to secure approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline.

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05/15/2014

 
August 30, 2013President Barack ObamaThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20500United States of AmericaDear Mr. President:I know you are deeply immersed in an issue vital to America’s national interest and,indeed, that of the world. Of course, I refer to the Keystone XL pipeline. I trust you willcontinue to consider approval of this pipeline, designed to shuttle our tar sands oilthrough America’s heartland to foreign markets, with the utmost consideration and care.Actually, who am I kidding? Let’s be real. Straight talk. I am writing you this letter to ask you for a few favors — because what’s the point of being strong allies if we can’t call in afavor or two,
amirite
?What I need you to do is ignore the science, the market, our record, and the risks Americawould bear in return for absolutely no reward — well, no reward for U.S. interests(Canada is going to take this thing to the bank!). Just act like we “deniers” do aboutclimate change: take in the insurmountable evidence, then just look the other way.Also, help a fellow pol out with selling this thing? The blah-blah-blah about new jobsisn’t quite cutting it anymore (it’s hard to make just 35 permanent jobs soundimpressive), and now we’re getting questions about how most of this oil will go to placeslike China and Venezuela, about the corrosive effect of this heavy tar sands crud on pipelines that already spill a couple hundred times a year, how it sinks in water socleanup is nearly impossible, and how it offers no reward to the United States. I keepresponding with “You know … jobs” — but that is starting to sound a bit dodgy.Speaking of not helping the cause, why did you have to go and repeat that there are onlya few dozen permanent jobs associated with this pipeline, AND say “
it’s not a jobs plan,
AND talk about not approving it unless there are no “
 significant impacts to carbon pollution.
” How in the name of Wayne Gretzky are we supposed to pull that off?
 
Look, I know how important it is to talk the talk on climate change, and if that’s the gamehere, I’m down. But I’m starting to think you are serious, and setting me up for failure.Before I ran for head of government, I said things like “
the so-called greenhouse gas phenomenon
” and referred to addressing climate change as the “
biggest black-holeboondoggle in Canadian history
.” And yes, I actually argued that “
carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.
” But that was
before
I had to convince Canada (and now the U.S., thank youvery much) that we wanted to be responsible about climate change! I mean, there is noway your State Department or EPA was going to ever believe I could actually offset 24million metric tons of carbon pollution from the Keystone XL pipeline if I kept prattlingon like Michelle Bachman at a Lyndon LaRouche revival. And I certainly wouldn’t beP.M. today.So Mr. President, if we’re going to do this thing, here’s what I need:
Overlook the past record of climate denial from me, and my Minister of NaturalResources.
(If you think MY past quotes are out there, you should really check outJoe Oliver’s greatest hits! He makes Jim Inhofe look like Bernie Sanders!)
Ignore that we are about to completely obliterate our carbon reduction goal.
Iknow we agreed in Copenhagen to
reduce
emissions by 17% below 2005 levels by2020, but I didn’t think you would
do
that! Think of it as a gift to the U.S. — if Canada misses its climate goal, you walk away looking like the North Americanclimate hero. You’re welcome.
Stop saying “significant carbon impact” as the test for KXL — or maybe fixyour talking points on your own accomplishments.
So your heavy truck rule was areally big deal. 27 million metric tons or carbon pollution saved with those fuel-economy standards. Huge! But this pipeline alone would increase carbon pollution by24 million metric tons … every year. And that’s just calculating how much worse thisstuff is to extract than conventional oil … between you and me the whole thingactually creates 182 million metric tons of carbon pollution a year. Yowzers. See mydilemma? So let me offer a tweak: just say, “
 you guys, I don’t really don’t care aboucarbon pollution”
… or maybe just downplay that trucks rule and the other accomplishments as no big dealie-o. I know it’s not your style, but I’m
 pret-ty
goodat doing personal 180s and rewriting history, so I’m happy to help.
Pretend tar sands expansion is a sure thing, and won’t destroy the planet.
Justignore that we’ve been calling KXL the key to unlocking tar sands (we didn’t meanit, wink!) and pretend like it’s inevitable and that KXL won’t accelerate the production of the dirtiest fuel on the planet, stuff that is more than
three times
asenergy intensive to produce as regular Texas Tea. And if it means more beachfront property and a longer summer, well then sign me up!
(
IMPORTANT!) Act like Canada can totally offset any carbon pollution.
“Scientists” and “experts” (they are so annoying!) say we need 40 carbon capturingsites to offset carbon pollution from the Keystone Pipeline. Sure, we have no plans to

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