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July 07, 2006

A Raving Canadian Lefty Tries To Thwart American Energy Production

No, wait, that's not right.

A raving American lefty tries to thwart Canadian energy production.

Sounds odd, but it's true:

The importance of Canada to the U.S. as an energy supplier is not news to former Democratic presidential candidate Gore. Back in January Bill Clinton's old V-P accused the oil industry of financing the election of "ultra-conservative" Harper to protect their interests in the oilsands.

"The election in Canada was partly about the tarsands projects in Alberta," Gore told a crowd at the Sundance film festival in Utah. "The financial interests behind the tarsands poured a lot of money and support behind an ultra-conservative leader in order to win the election ... and to protect their interests."

Apparently Gore was unaware that Canadian election law caps company donations at $1,000 a year, or that natural resources are controlled by provincial governments and not the feds. But why let facts get in the way of a good smear?

This week he was at it again, using an interview with Rolling Stone magazine to suggest development of the oilsands is "truly nuts" - equivalent to a junkie looking for a fix. "They have to tear up four tonnes of landscape, all for one barrel of oil," moaned Gore. "It seems reasonable, to them, because they've lost sight of their lives."

Well, thanks for that Al, but I'm guessing most Albertans have a better grip on their lives than a political also-ran who can't get over the fact he lost the presidency to George W. Or the fact his former boss, Bill Clinton, refused to submit to the U.S. Congress a Gore-negotiated Kyoto accord that would have crippled the American economy.

For all the endless, repetitive speculations about George Bush's supposed Daddy Complex, you'd think Maureen Dowd could write one column about this shell-shocked, heart-broken, agony-twisted empty suit of man.

It's like Death of a Salesman, except with fat people.

Thanks to Fred Z.

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