Page 18

Comments re Pipelines and Alberta Oil: ERIK ANDERSEN < >:

Refine in Canada! Could a refinery be called infrastructure investment? Publicly owned of course. DEREK SKINNER < >:

The Koch Bros prefer to sell bitumen to the U.S. at less than $30/barrel in order to refine it in Texas. The Chinese will do the same in China if they can get a pipeline to either coast. A purpose-built refinery in Canada for a few hundred million dollars would presumably benefit Canada and be more profitable. A refinery can be built in less than two years but who would sell the crude to a government? It would be interesting to know who all the participants are in the various producers of dilbit (is that the correct word?). JEREMY ARNEY: Dilbit is the combination of the bitumen and diluent that travels through the pipes. There is something here that I have been asking myself for a long time: the FTA and then NAFTA both specified that the percentage of a raw product (i.e. oil or tar) that Canada ships to the USA can be increased but not decreased, so if we ramp up our production to allow for export to China, we must also allow more to flow south at a give-away price. How we can stop this is to refine this or any other product here in Canada and thus bypass this

absurd Mulroney give away. We could also cancel both FTA and NAFTA – a very good thing! Since Petro Canada is no longer Canadian owned, we have no domestic oil company to invest in these refineries, thus we need to oblige all oil companies which wish to continue to exploit Canada's resources to refine here in Canada, as we will not grant them export licences for raw product. If they are not willing to build those refineries in order to continue to get huge profits from Canada (and would in fact actually make more by building those refineries), then so be it… adios. And that is the time to repeat what senior Trudeau did and create a new Petro Canada for just that purpose. Does China really care if they get tar, gasoline or diesel? This is one of those problems that is made complicated in order to stop them from being solved. Whatever happened to K.I.S.S.? – Jeremy “What is physically possible, desirable and morally right, we can make it financially possible through the Bank of Canada.” Thank you for reading this and for your passion for Canada. Jeremy Arney is Interim Leader of the Canadian Action Party (Tel. 250-216-5400) Email: ♣


"War Dogs:" What Everybody Knows -- War Is All about the Money… By Mike Rivage-Seul - OpEdNews 9/1/2016 [EXTRACT/LINK]"What do you know about war? They'll tell you it's about patriotism, democracy . . . You want to know what it's really about? War is an economy."

That's the way director, Todd Phillips' "War Dogs" begins. It's the (mostly true) tale of two bumbling stoners from Miami Beach who become wealthy arms dealers supplying weapons to the U.S. military and its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan. The story line reminds us that money is the major reason for the endless wars the U.S has waged across the Muslim world since 9/11. It also reminds us of our moral duty to oppose the corrupt war system that is eminently reformable with a few simple measures -- if for no other reason than saving money that is currently wasted. To begin with, it's true: war has nothing to do with patriotism, democracy or freedom. It's simply good for the economy. In fact, war is the economy -- or at least its heart where the military budget consumes 57% of the U.S. budget's annual discretionary spending -- $3.8 trillion to be exact. (That's very nearly as much as the rest of the world combined spends on "defense.") 18 dialogue

AUTUMN 2016, VOL. 30, NO. 1

In other words, our economy is dependent on blood sacrifice. Pope Francis said as much last September when he spoke to members of the U.S. Congress. He remarked, "Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money -- money that is soaked in blood." At the conclusion of "War Dogs," Todd Phillips echoes the pope's phrase, "as we all know." For as the credits roll, Leonard Cohen sings his own "Everybody Knows." And what is it that everybody knows about war? At some level, we all know that it has fundamentally corrupted our society. Our way of life is largely based on murder. Yet we refuse to put a stop to the killing. It's as if we see no alternatives, though they're staring us in the face. We've become so inured to permanent mayhem that we rarely ponder what it all means for the defenseless poor of the world who (rather than the rich) habitually end up on the wrong end of the guns, bullets, drones, bombs, missiles, air planes, tanks and ships with which our government and U.S. corporations greedily supply the entire world. […] READ AT LINK: ♣

Dialogue Vol.30, No.1 digital edition  

Canada's unique volunteer-produced magazine for ideas, insights, critical thinking & radical imagination - shared in letters, essays, storie...

Dialogue Vol.30, No.1 digital edition  

Canada's unique volunteer-produced magazine for ideas, insights, critical thinking & radical imagination - shared in letters, essays, storie...