Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Poisoning Albertans so that big oil can profit

Last night the Edmonton Journal posted a well timed study on the effect the oil sands are having on the Athabasca river. Basically it is the equivalent of a perpetual oil spill that happens year round 24/7. The report states that the presence of toxic chemicals in the river and surrounding watershed are up to 50 times higher downstream of the oilsands.

The Alberta government unsurprisingly does not think this is a problem. That is because big oil has owned this government for decades. I wonder how the conservatives they would feel if they were drinking that water every day.

It is times like this I get really upset with politics in general. There is no accountability anymore. The big corporations and outside interests will get the people elected who will serve the best interests of their bottom line. So much for government of the people, by the people, for the people. I hate to break it to anyone but government like this perished from the earth many years ago.

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