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  •  Nothing. (2+ / 0-)
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    This is the politics of demonization, smear, and personal destruction.  It's just as odious from the far left as it is from the far right.

    Rather than argue againt this Tar-Sands thing on the merits, the opposition has decided to use smear tactics.

    I'm not declaring that there's no corruption that went on (nor am I declaring the opposite).  But I'm saying that there's no proof of any corruption that has been presented to this point.  There is merely smear and innuendo at this point.

    •  Exactly. (0+ / 0-)

      "Corruption" implies favors in exchange for money. There's nothing here to support that accusation.

    •  There are two major conflicts here (0+ / 0-)

      First, hiring a TransCanada contractor to do this work may well run afoul legal requirements.  Agencies are required to take a hard look, and if they haven't the approval gets thrown out.

      Second, lobbyists shouldn't be involved in the environmental review process.

      This isn't a question of smear, it's a question of whether appropriate process was followed.  It is far from clear that it isn't.

      Frankly, this idea that the left isn't arguing on the merits is ridiculous to the point of smaer yourself.  Perhaps you've been under a rock and not seen the analyses by a lot of scientists and so forth on the merits.  On the merits, this thing ought to be dead.  Unfortunately, Obama is no particular friend to the environment.

      Intelligent, passionate, perceptive people will always disagree, but we should not let that disagreement, however heartfelt, lead us to become deaf to those better angels of our nature.

      by Mindful Nature on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 04:31:45 PM PDT

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