Tory-linked "Ethical Oil" website slams Canadian enviros over "foreign funding" - 2012-01-04
Ethical Oil, a well-known pro-oil sands group supported by the industry and linked to the Conservative government, has introduced a new campaign claiming that foreign funding to environmental organizations compromises Canadian oil pipeline opposition.
The site, called OurDecision.ca, lists several major Canadian environmental groups and the donations they've received from American funding bodies. Describing these donors as "foreign billionaires" intent on "sabotaging the Canada's national interest", Ethical Oil says groups like the Pembina Foundation, West Coast Environmental Law, Ecojustice and Environmental Defence do not speak for Canadians and are manipulated by outside interests.
Pembina Institute's executive director, Ed Whittingham, said this attempt to smear the environmental community constitutes a "spurious and disingenuous argument".
"It's an interesting coupling of the ultra-right-wing movement and the anti-globalization movement," he said of the "splashy" online campaign, which was launched alongside corresponding radio and print ads.