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The Wildest Place in America

On the ferry this weekend I ran across an interesting magazine cover. The headline read “The Wildest Place in America”.

It was accompanied by a picture of a Kermode bear.

I immediately thought “Wow. They must have Kermodes in Alaska too”.

How else would a BC bear turn up in a story on the wildest place in America? Canadian locations aren’t usually referred to as “America”, after all, and while the BC coast may be wild there are wilder places in Canada.

I was wrong. The wildest place in America is apparently in BC. Who knew? (Go to National Geographic’s webpage and search “wildest place in America” for confirmation).

I was mildly irritated but simply chalked it up to a National Geographic editor not paying attention.

However, the companion piece, “Pipeline Through Paradise” described how a dangerous pipeline threatened the area and adjoining coast.

I found it an interesting juxtaposition, to say the least.

I’m not a fan of more and more development in aid of more and more progress.

I get that we’re often putting unsustainable burdens on the earth.

However, an article describing paradise followed by an article describing the threat to paradise isn’t a coincidence.

And what was left unsaid in each article is not a matter of chance either.

All pipelines from Fort Mac lead to one place – the USA.

They run through lots of wild places and lots of First Nations lands.

They run through places that some would describe as paradise.

They probably even run through habitat of endangered species.

And if we don’t sell that oil to China by way of a new Fort Mac-Kitimat pipeline we’re going to see more pipelines added to the existing maze already headed south, through wild, paradise-like First Nation’s claimed land.

The choice seems to be sell all the oil to the States or sell most to the States and some to China.

Selling to China requires an east west pipeline and an environmental risk.

Selling it all to the US requires the existing network plus future expansion.

Americans, individually and through charitable foundations, have actively fought the east west pipeline. They’ve done it by funding and influencing Canadian politicians, environmentalists and First Nations. The evidence is in IRS reports available on the web (google Vivian Krause or visit her website).

In other words, US money is deeply involved, today, in BC and Canadian politics, and it’s certainly possible that it’s not looking out for our best interests. Americans. Right here in River City.

I could argue of course, that big US charitable foundations are involved in our affairs, but only because we share common environmental concerns. After all, who wants oil spills on the BC coast?

However, I have a neat conspiracy theory for you:

1- if you accept that Americans are involved (for good or ill) in our affairs (and there seems to be lots of evidence for this), and;

2- you buy the conspiracy theory that a non-environmentalist US strategist is behind the plans of the Kaiser Foundation, Joel Solomon and the like,

3- you buy the idea that the Chinese (not the Americans) are masters of the long game, then:

4- you can’t help but anticipate Chinese involvement (sooner, rather than later) in BC and Canadian internal affairs to counter US activities that hurt Chinese national interests.

Perhaps rather than investing in Fort Mac to secure an oil supply the Chinese might spend some money with BC First Nations in order to divide the opposition. Maybe they’ll start financing ethnic Chinese or pro-development candidates in provincial elections. Maybe they’re already doing it. After all, the claims that Americans are doing it are based on IRS reports, which are available on the web.

China don’t play that particular public information game. That’s not how they roll.

Spit balling aside, the fact remains that US foundations are involved in opposing an east west pipeline, regardless of the reason. They seem comfortable claiming a certain degree of ownership over our country.

That’s almost as presumptuous as an American magazine claiming a portion of BC as “America’s Wildest Place”.

We should pay attention to those sorts of assumptions. They are a direct threat to our sovereignty.

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