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A foreign, secret plan to target Canada: exposed!

Ethical Oil February 3, 2012

The name Rockefeller has a special place in cultural lore. Over the years its been linked to everything from American ingenuity and industriousness to unbridled greed; from unimaginable wealth to unrivaled philanthropic work. But one thing the Rockefeller name’s never really been associated with is anti-business activism. How could it? John. D. Rockefeller was the most successful American businessman of all time. Scratch that: he was probably the most successful businessman anywhere of all time. With a sprawling oil and industrial empire, his net worth peaked at an astonishing $700 billion in today’s dollars. No entrepreneur has ever made as much. Not even close. Bill Gates is worth, by comparison, $59 billion. Warren Buffett: $39 billion. Rockefeller’s monopoly over American business was so dominant and powerful that the U.S. government stepped in and actually made him break it up and sell it off.

But his fortune lives on, and today, believe it or not, his heirs are spending it attacking business. That’s easy for them: they already have their wealth. They don’t need the opportunities and prosperity that a robust business climate brings. You know how it goes: A developer is someone who wants to build a house in the woods. An environmentalist is someone who already has a house in the woods

The Rockefeller heirs already have their houses, likely lots of them, and yachts, and planes, and fleets of luxury automobiles — and so, naturally, they’ve decided to become environmentalists. Not just your average bicycle-riding, toilet-paper composting, solar-powered-shower environmentalists. That would require that they be the ones making sacrifices. Instead, they’ve got a network of eco-lobbyists to fight against Canadian businesses. It seems they want us to be the ones making the sacrifices to make them feel less guilty about being heirs to a billion-dollar oil fortune.

In 2008, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund called together a gaggle of Canadian charities — groups, remember, that are supported by our government through special tax-break subsidies — to plan a coordinated attack on Canada’s oil industry. We know about it not because these groups have let us in on their plans. They’re never as transparent as the publicly-traded, heavily regulated oil companies they’ve devoted themselves to attacking. We know about it because someone leaked a 48-page PowerPoint presentation from the meeting.

Watch as Ezra Levant, author of Ethical Oil, reveals the PowerPoint on his SunTV show, The Source, here and here.

Thanks to work from Vancouver researcher Vivian Krause, as well as the awareness campaign launched in January by, and the increased willingness lately of the Prime Minister and the Natural Resource Minister to speak out, Canadians have in the last few weeks woken up to the reality that foreign groups are using their power and wealth to infiltrate and hijack our regulatory processes using front groups here in Canada. But the Rockefeller Brothers meeting shows that this has been the plan for years. And a well-funded plan, at that: the New York strategists would spend tens of millions of dollars to fund their attack on Canadian industry.

The presentation makes no bones about what the groups were colluding to do: “Stop” pipeline and refinery development connected to the oil sands; to impose a “moratorium” on oil sands production; to “leverage” the controversy over Canada’s oil sands to lobby for changes in government policy; to “raise the financial risks” by making it increasingly perilous for investors to put capital into Canadian industry, and for banks to back it; and to instigate lawsuits, not over any specific, legitimate legal grievance, but as a nuisance to deliberately mess up and slow down industry plans. If Canadians discovered a document outlining the Chinese government’s secret plans to freeze our economic development by funding nuisance lawsuits and scaring off investors, it would be an international incident. When American foreign billionaires plan to do it, anti-oil charities line up to get a piece of the cash.

The presentation is a call to arms, and so, naturally, it drips with propaganda. It exaggerates the environmental impact of our oil development. It ignores the strict regulation and laws that require companies to return whatever land they disturb in Alberta back to their natural state. It calls Canadian oil a “globally significant threat,” as if we were Iran producing nuclear weapons with our oil revenues, and not, in reality, using it to fund schools and hospitals and social programs for people in need.

But all that wild spin and fabrication was hardly necessary. Eric Swanson from the Dogwood Initiative, who took $60,000 in foreign money (but not from Rockefeller) in exchange for bogging down the public hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, designed to take oil from Alberta to B.C., admits he’ll take money from anybody who’s willing to pay him. (Sources for money here, here and here).  The Rockefellers didn’t need to convince Swanson, (who did not attend the meeting) or the lobbyists gathered at that New York meeting, to attack Canada’s industry and economy. They just needed to start writing some big, fat cheques. And that’s exactly what they’ve been doing, buying influence that harms Canada’s economy since 2008. Four years after the Rockefeller Brothers fund launched their plot that harms Canada, it’s about time that Canadians woke up to the threat.



Comments (17)

  1. It’s amazing to me that the Rockefellers and Soros’ of the world who haven’t worked an honest day in their life, have nothing better to do then meddle in other peoples, indeed other countries affairs. They treat money and people like playthings and deflect all the criticism like its a fly on their shoulders. What misguided, shallow people.

  2. Talk to any conspiracy theorist and they will agree that the Rockefeller foundation is a Front for ultra rich NWO type people. By all means, investigate this as I would love to know the truth. In the meantime, please stop your faulty logic. Regardless of your conspiracy theory, there is still a great deal of concern from Canadians with regard to the project; more facts less propaganda please. You insult British Colombians, environmental advocates, First Nations groups and Canadians who are not only concerned about the effectiveness of this project and it’s environmental impact but also about how our government goes about its business. It’s embarrassing.

  3. I have to agree. What startles me the most about this is that this has been going on for so long and not enough people know about it. Equally as disturbing is the fact that our Canadian TV Network the CBC has done little to investigate this. I always liked Peter Mansbridge but I am going to boycott CBC. If they want to start exploring this foriegn funding on At Issue or do an in-depth impartial series on it, I might go back but, this ignoring the issue completely is inexcusable. This is not a communist country where news is regulated by the government. Why doesn’t the CBC report on it? Can someone tell me?
    Shame on you CBC. We, the taxpayers should pull your funding. You are no longer a credible orginization. Too bad, too sad.

      • From this web-site (about -> How we are funded section)

        “We do accept donations from individuals and companies, including those working to produce ethical oil.”

        So why the hesitation by Kathryn to answer the question is not understandable. Based on above, one would think one of the following responses would make sense:

        1. I don’t know, I will have to check as we have many donors, it could be because we do accept from companies working to produce ethical oil per our policy OR
        2. yes, Enbridge donated us money OR
        3. no, they didn’t donate to us although we wouldn’t refuse as per our officially stated policy

        When on the web-site itself it is clearly stated that they accept from companies that are working to produce ethical oil, why all the drama? ethical oil isn’t hiding anything on the web-site, then why in the video? Is this being ethical, being straight-forward truth-teller?

        By the way, no oil producing company or for that matter almost any big corporation has any particular interest in a country, by law for-profit corporations are required to make a profit and in a globalized world, there are no boundaries for corporations. In order to make profits, they will launch PR campaigns if necessary in any country, it is part of the job to improve their prospects and market standing, partly driven by unenlightened citizenry investing in these companies and expecting endless growth in stock prices, also known as greed leading to eventual self-destruction.

        The economic system itself is a big problem, it is growth based on a finite planet and is not geared towards sustainability. We need a steady-state economic system, see

        • No sense attacking ethical oil they are doing the right thing. Direct your anger to those that wish to pervert Canadian democracy with foreign blood money for self interest. Those that wish to pervert our democractic processes like the gateway pipeline hearings. Ethical Oil is just standing up for all of us little guy in Canada against the big monied corporate green peace lobbyists.

  4. The Enbridge pipeline is no good for the people of BC period. I don’t care who comes to help oppose it, the pro pipeline foreign money and lobby is the Goliath. And you know what happened to him lol.

  5. The funny thing about allof this is that in the end the oil will get processed at the refineries no matter what happens to the pipeline. Rail cars will be used to ship bitumen, not exactly as reliable or safe as a pipeline but hey if your a green activist or a wealthy financier looking to cash in, no big deal.

    Time for the Keystone xl green pipeline tog et approved!

  6. what the thunder said February 4, 2012 at 17:18

    hey how come there’s nuthin’ on this site about Harper over in China pushing oil sales? I woulda thought you guys would be just OUTRAGED about pandering to a foreign dictatosrhip like that!

    This whole ethical oil thing wouldn’t just be a Conservative front, would it? Nah, that’s just me being paranoid.

  7. “And now, four decades later, expend one barrel’s worth of energy to power Enbridge’s Northern Gateway supply chain and how much could you expect to get back? A paltry 2.41 barrels, according to C.J. Peter Associates.

    “It begs the question of why are we doing this?” the firm’s Jacob told The Tyee in an interview. “Because as EROI gets lower, a greater percentage of the overall economy is subsidizing the production of oil.”

  8. We need economic treason laws. If the people taking this money to attack and undermine the economy, knew they would be sitting in a jail cell for ten or more years if they were caught, it would put a stop to it. As it stands now they operate virtually out in the open.

  9. As long as we can only export alberta oil to the US it will remain below world prices. To bed it is sold at the pumps at world prices making big US companies huge profit including the Rockefellers.

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