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  •  Well, I don't know what pattern that is (1+ / 0-)
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    This is not a problem that can be solved with an unbalanced approach.  Like I said, this is not bad guys and good guys--it's much more complex than that.  Extracting energy and mineral resources is not exactly a new phenomenon here in Canada and doing so often involves native lands and band leadership have been all too willing to take the big dollars for it.  Not much shows up in terms of living conditions, health, education etc.  There is a growing public impatience with this and it's well founded.  But the crusade goes on

    •  Down here we already have (0+ / 0-)

      an unbalanced approach.

      The energy companies get what they want.

      the pattern is:  large conservative coalitions form in government. government finds laws that might get in the way of energy companies doing whatever the hell they want. government takes those laws apart. energy companies proceed to do what they want.

      I'm not just trying to score points in a discussion here; I'm seriously telling you:  you don't want a situation up there like we've got down here. Once business interests end up dominating legal and public discussion, getting any kind of real balance back is extraordinarily hard.

      I understand that some band leaders might well be inclined to jump on the corporate gravy train, just like mainstream white politicians do. That doesn't change my point.

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:11:35 AM PST

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