Today, the National Energy Board's Joint Review Panel for the Northern Gateway Pipeline finally issued its recommendation to the federal government: it's recommended the pipeline be approved. Federal cabinet now has six months to make its own decision.
A great many opponents of the pipeline are deeply angered by it. Their foreign-funded astroturf campaign to block the pipeline has all been for naught.
But the left has often lived by a single idiom: never let a disaster go to waste. The considerable resources environmental groups expended trying to sway the JRP -- often by simply wasting its time -- has made the endeavour a disaster for them. Well, at least one big-name left-wing activist is not about to allow that disaster to go to waste.
Taking to her Twitter account, Naomi Klein offered the following: "Hey Tories, if you think tarsands oil is 'conflict free' just try to build that pipeline through BC."
It's rather sobering: having failed to get her way in regards to the pipeline, Klein seems to be promising conflict if Enbridge attempts to build that pipeline over the objections of an extremely-vocal minority. Given the recent tendency for armed aboriginals to show up to protests armed calling themselves warriors -- as they so recently did near Rexton, New Brunswick -- it doesn't require any stretch of the imagination to believe that conflict is likely to be an armed conflict.
Klein is far from the only one making what frankly amounts to threats. Considering the amount of influence Klein holds on the far-left, it's also grossly irresponsible of her. It doesn't seem especially unfair to suggest that if she isn't threatening to engage in violence herself, she's at least encouraging others to do so.
This in the name of opposing a pipeline with recognized but manageable environmental risks which would bring desperately-needed jobs to some desperately-poor aboriginal communities in BC. Naomi Klein insists she cares about the poor, but clearly not that much.
After all, if the poor don't stay poor, to whom will she sell her next anti-capitalism book?