‘Americans Using Aboriginals Against Canada’

“These same people are doing nothing to slow down Texas, nothing to slow down North Dakota. It’s an American-funded campaign, and they should start in their own backyard.”

“By the end of this week, the ‘National Energy Board’ is expected to make its final recommendations on the “controversial” ‘Trans Mountain’ pipeline expansion.

“It will then be up to the federal cabinet to decide whether the project can proceed.

“In a last-ditch attempt to stop the expansion project, Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh ‘First Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 472 people} and two activist groups – ‘Stand’ (formerly ‘ForestEthics’ {See below}) and ‘SumOfUs’, a ‘global corporate watchdog’ {‘communist front organization’} – went to Houston, Texas, to lobby ‘Kinder Morgan Inc.’ (NYSE:KMI) at a shareholders meeting.

“The delegations were able to address shareholders because they were representing two pension funds.

“On the line is a $7-billion capital project that would generate an estimated $4.5 billion in additional federal and provincial tax revenue during construction over the first 20 years of operation. B.C. would receive $1.6 billion of that revenue.TransMountainPipelineMap
“According to the ‘BC Building Trades Council’, the pipeline would employ 4,500 workers at peak construction.

“Long-term shareholders are very concerned about Kinder Morgan’s disregard for local communities {?}, ‘SumOfUs’ spokeswoman Lisa Lindsley said in a media teleconference.

{You’re not “long-term shareholders”. You simply got shares for the purpose of political agitation…}

“Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh ‘First Nation’ said he made it clear to Kinder Morgan that the Tsleil-Waututh are committed to stopping the project AT ALL COSTS.Tsleil-Waututh 'First Nation'
“In addition to representing the Tsleil-Waututh, George was speaking on behalf of one of Kinder Morgan’s institutional investors: the ‘New York State Common Retirement Fund’.

“He asked for a shareholder resolution requiring the company to publish a sustainability report. Shareholders voted against the resolution.

“‘SumOfUs’ campaigns against large corporations around the world concerning environmental, human rights and workers rights issues.

“Last year, it was behind a {bullying} campaign that forced ‘Tim Hortons’ to pull ‘Enbridge Inc.’ (TSX:ENB) ads that appeared on TV screens in ‘Tim Hortons’ stores.

“Vivian Krause, a researcher and writer who has delved into the funding of environmental groups by American organizations like the ‘Tides Foundation’ and ‘Rockefeller Brothers Fund’, said ‘SumOfUs’ is just the latest social justice group to jump on the “tar sands” campaign bandwagon.

“Krause, who has traced donations from the ‘Tides Foundation’, said roughly $30 million has flowed to ‘First Nations’ and environmental groups in Canada and the U.S., with much of the emphasis on campaigns against Alberta oil.TidesCanadaLogo
“She maintains that the many front-line environmental groups receiving funding from large non-profits like the ‘Tides Foundation’ and ‘Rockefeller Brothers Fund’ are sincere about their concerns for the environment.

“But the fact anti-oilsands campaigns get so much funding suggests to her that the money behind these groups has other motives: protecting U.S. energy independence.

“These same people are doing nothing to slow down Texas, nothing to slow down North Dakota. It’s an American-funded campaign, and they should start in their own backyard.”

“A number of {U.S.-funded} environmental groups have provided legal defence funding to B.C. ‘First Nations’ opposing the ‘Northern Gateway’ and ‘Trans Mountain’ pipeline projects.

“But not all ‘First Nations’ in B.C. are opposed to pipelines.

“‘Kinder Morgan says 34 ‘First Nations’ along the Trans Mountain corridor support the project and have signed benefits agreements.

“The most recent one to sign a benefits agreement was the Simpcw ‘First Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 179 people}, which, though small in number, occupies a large chunk of {claimed} ‘traditional territory’ through which the pipeline passes.Simpcw ‘First Nation’
“The benefits agreement provides signatories with jobs and contracts. But Simpcw Chief Nathan Matthew said the agreement isn’t just about jobs and economic benefits.

“By co-operating with the company, the ‘First Nation’ has a greater say on things like environmental protection and respecting rights and title.

“What we were interested in was, besides having our ‘rights’ and ‘title’ recognized, to make sure we had protections for the environment in the agreement, and that we had the full participation of our ‘First Nation’ in all aspects of environmental review and decision-making.”

“Matthew said he has no issue with other ‘First Nations’ receiving funding from environmental groups to oppose pipelines and other industrial projects.

“The amount of resources that ‘First Nations’ get to protect their rights and environment within their {so-called} ‘traditional lands’ is really minimal”, he said. {Nonsense…}

“But if Krause’s thesis is correct, it means U.S. organizations are using ‘First Nations’ in Canada as part of a vanguard in the fight to protect U.S. energy interests.

“Environmentalism is the new protectionism”, she said.

–‘Anti-pipeline activists take case to shareholders’,
Nelson Bennett, Business In Vancouver, May 17, 2016

https://www.biv.com/article/2016/5/anti-pipeline-activists-take-case-shareholders/ Stand
‘Forest Ethics’ cash pipeline’

“New information contained in U.S. tax returns makes clear that a large percentage of the fuss over the ‘Northern Gateway’ pipeline has been generated by a single, American organization: ‘ForestEthics’ based in San Francisco.

“In its 2012 tax return, filed with the ‘I.R.S.’, ForestEthics claims credit for having generated fully 87% percent of the letters of comment sent to the National Energy Board regarding the Joint Review Panel for the Northern Gateway…

“ForestEthics has been working to stigmatize the Alberta oil industry since 2009. That year, ForestEthics reported to the I.R.S.

“By stigmatizing ‘dirty’ sources of energy, we can make it difficult to finance and sell these products…”

“Between 2009 and 2012, ‘ForestEthics USA’ transferred $3.3 million to Canadian counterparts, tax returns say. The recipients are not identified except in 2012 when ForestEthics USA reported that it paid $466,711 to sister organizations in British Columbia, ‘ForestEthics Solutions Society’ and ‘ForestEthics Advocacy Association’, which split off from ‘Tides Canada’ in 2012.

“ForestEthics also takes credit for organizing ‘First Nations’ opposed to the pipeline.

“In 2011, ForestEthics reported to the I.R.S. that the ‘Tar Sands’ campaign had reached “a critical turning point”.

“After securing the introduction of legislation calling for a tanker ban on BC coast, we amplified the opposition of ‘First Nations’ and other communities, including by organizing a series of flights over the pipeline route for ‘First Nations’ remembers that earned coverage in ‘National Geographic’, ‘Outside’ and other outlets. We also focused on preparing for the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel (JRP), the body responsible for assessing the pipeline proposal”, reported ForestEthics to the I.R.S.

“Since 2008, ForestEthics has been the workhorse of the ‘Tar Sands’ campaign, co-funded by the ‘Rockefeller Brothers Fund’, the ‘William & Flora Hewlett Foundation’ and the ‘Tides Foundation’. Tides has dispersed more than $20 million for the ‘Tar Sands’ campaign, including US$1.3 million to ForestEthics. The origin of these funds is not revealed by Tides… TransMountainPipelineConstruction
“Whether it was the intention or not, environmental activism has become a form of economic protectionism. In the name of protecting the environment, economic and trade interests are being protected.

“By blocking pipeline and port infrastructure projects, environmental organizations landlock Canadian oil within North American and continue the U.S. monopoly on Canadian oil exports.

“The problem with the funding of the ‘Tar Sands’ Campaign is the secret donors that may have an agenda that is contrary to Canadian interests. If ForestEthics and other environmental groups wish to have a credible voice in the pipeline debate, they must disclose the origin of their funding from Tides.”

–‘Forest Ethics’ cash pipeline’,
Vivian Krause, Financial Post, December 19, 2013

http://opinion.financialpost.com/2013/12/19/vivian-kraus-forest-ethics-cash-pipeline/ sumofus
“‘SumOfUs.org is a global movement of consumers, investors, and workers all around the world, standing together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable and just path for our global economy…

“Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Executive Director and Founder:
Taren is a dual Australian-American citizen. She has experience with online organizing on four continents and at the global level, including at ‘Avaaz.org’, ‘GetUp.org.au’, and the ‘AFL-CIO’…

“Tate Hausman, Board President:
Tate Hausman is the Managing Director of the ‘Analyst Institute’, an innovation lab that develops new tools and strategies for ‘progressives’. He was formerly the Director of Management at ‘MoveOn.org’…

“Keith Goodman, Board Secretary:
Keith founded the ‘Repower at Home’ program at the ‘Alliance for ‘Climate Protection’, developed and managed the acclaimed online ‘Neighbor- to-Neighbor’ program for the 2008 Obama campaign, and developed cutting-edge analytics products for the AFL-CIO 2004 political program.

“Deepa Gupta, Board Member:
Deepa founded Jhatkaa.org, a new campaigning organisation committed to building grassroots citizen power across India, and has previously led the ‘Indian Youth Climate Network’, where she worked with young people in India and across the world to take action on climate change…

“China Brotsky, Director of Operations and Finance:
China spent over 20 years at Tides as CFO, Senior Vice-President, and Managing Director…SumOfUsGermany“Eoin Dubsky, Campaign Manager:
Eoin joins SumOfUs after working eight years at ‘Greenpeace International’ as an online campaigner…

“Sondhya Gupta, Senior Campaigner:
Before joining SumOfUs, Sondhya worked on environmental campaigns at ‘Greenpeace UK’ and anti-racism at ‘Runnymede Trust’…

“Emma Pullman, Lead Campaign Strategist:
Emma is a campaigner with experience working with a number of Canadian environmental and advocacy organizations. Prior to ‘SumOfUs’, she worked with Canadian online advocacy group ‘Leadnow.ca’…

“Ledys Sanjuan, Campaigner:
Ledys is an anti-racist feminist campaigner based in Bogota, Colombia. She has campaigned for free education, immigration reform and against racism and sexism in the UK and Colombia. Ledys has a passion for race and gender justice…

“Wiebke Schröder, Senior Campaigner:
Wiebke is a political activist who works on a wide range of political issues such as social and political exclusion, sexism and free education. Her background includes conducting seminars on behalf of the German Trade Union ‘ver.di’…

“Hanna Thomas, Campaign Manager:
Before joining SumOfUs, Hanna chased UN conferences around the world as part of the youth climate movement…”

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