Mowing the astroturf

The Dogwood Initiative’s Will Horter got to respond in the pages of the Sun to Vivian Krause’s, um, theories and I think he does a good job of demolishing the illogic and inconsistency of her arguments. As he points out, continuing the oil tanker ban is supported by the overwhelming majority of British Columbians, including key industries like fishing and tourism. Those that support lifting the ban are backed by a corporate consortium whose members have not, to date, been identified, and who are outspending those opposed by a hundred to one. As they say, read the whole thing and judge for yourself.

In the comments of the Georgia Straight, Vivian Krause wrote:

Whether its philanthropic money or corporate money, I believe that the origin should be disclosed.

To my knowledge, she has never publicly called for the identities of the corporations backing the Enbridge project to be made public.

I would only add that in her December 18th article Oil tanker ban plays into hands of U.S. foundations Krause makes the specific claim:

But no, U.S. foundations are only funding a tanker ban campaign for a strategic part of the B.C. coast

In just 30 seconds of Googling I discovered the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation – a foundation prominently mentioned by Krause – gave a grant of $148,348 to the Alaska Conservation Foundation who advocate for – you guessed it – “limiting ocean contaminants and industrial development – including offshore oil development – in polar seas.” If the aim is secure America’s oil supply, they’re doing it wrong…yadda yadda…

I also note with some amusement that in Harvey Oberfeld’s version of this story, it’s not a shadowy U.S. conspiracy to thwart oil exports to Asia, but an anti-American plot to thwart oil tanker traffic to the United States.