Big Greens Set to Greenwash Civil Society Again – Selling out to Industry – This Time the Tarsands

Big Greens Set to Greenwash Civil Society Again – Selling out to Industry – This Time the Tarsands

See 2010 articles below – leading up to what is happening now – on the selling out of the boreal and now the tarsands …


CACC Supporters,


We can’t be silent as this corrupt behaviour is carried out by those who were supposed to be our allies.


It is up to us to tell Greenpeace, DSF, Pembina, Pew, FE, Tides and others NO deal to greenwash the tar sands.

Feel free to ask them all the hard questions about their involvement. Demand transparency and accountability.


We can only hope that every single NGO who is approached by this industry walks away from the offer of cash for becoming complicit with the destruction of the planet.


Time will tell. Dont hold your breath.


Canadians for Action on Climate Change

Oil industry eyes forest agreement
Published On Thu Oct 21 2010

Oil industry players have been sniffing around the landmark Boreal Forest
Agreement between industry and environmental groups, says one of the
agreement’s architects.

Avrim Lazar, who head the Forest Products Association of Canada, says he’s
fielded inquiries from senior civil servants, executives and oil industry
associations about how the forest industry got together with its one-time

“They’re saying: What were you thinking? How did you do it? What’s working,
what’s not working? What would your advice be?” Lazar said in an interview

“It seems like very honest, good faith curiosity.”

The forest agreement was signed in May between the forest companies and a
coalition of environmental groups who had fought the industry bitterly for
decades, and boycotted their products.

Under the pact, the 21 member forest companies agreed to suspend new logging
on 29 million hectares of forest. Environmental groups agreed to end their

The signatories set themselves a three-year target to set up detailed,
working agreements in areas such as developing more sustainable harvesting
practices and protecting wildlife and water systems.

Oil and gas officials, while expressing interest, are skeptical that a
similar process could work in their sector, says Lazar. “Who wouldn’t be? I
was skeptical when I started.”

“All that being said, there are pieces of the model which are very
importable,” Lazar said.

“A precondition of having a constructive conversation is acknowledging the
legitimacy of each other’s public interest.”

That means environmentalists would have to stop calling oil sands extraction
“an abomination that has to be stopped,” and acknowledge that the oil
industry is going to operate in the sands.

“We’re not debating that. We’re debating how, and at what pace and under
what conditions.”

The oil industry, for its part, must say: “We recognize that over time this
degree of greenhouse gas intensity, this degree of effluent in the water,
this disturbance of biodiversity, is not going to be acceptable. We know we
have to be quite a bit better. It’s a question of how, and how fact.”

“Once you have those two, then you have something to talk about. You can go
to problem-solving mode…It doesn’t become easy, but it becomes possible.”

Lazar says progress is continuing toward fleshing out the boreal forest

A panel on acceptable forest practices has been established, for example:
Each of the three members was agreed to by both. The panel’s recommendations
must be accepted in whole by both sides, unless there’s a fundamental

A working group is pursuing protocols for protecting caribou habitat and
migration routes.

But hurdles remain. The agreement was negotiated at a national level, but
many areas lie within provincial jurisdiction. First nations groups were not
part of the pact; their participation is now needed.

And vast cultural changes must take place. Forest industry managers, for
example, were always rewarded for extracting every last scrap of fibre from
a given area. That must change.

“It’s complicated,” says Lazar. “But over-all, we’re moving forward.”


ACTION ALERT! Is Greenpeace International set to become GE – Greenpeace Electric?

February 24th, 2010

Is There Such a Thing as Safe Sex when Sleeping With the Enemy? | GE & tcktcktck

February 26th, 2010


Tzep calls for gentle tar sands, promotes GE: appeal to Greenpeace supporters and employees

February 18th, 2010


What the forestry industry is teaching the oil sands

February 25th, 2010

Secret Meeting Planned, then Cancelled, between ENGOs and Tar Sands Companies

April 7th, 2010


Tree-huggers and loggers bury hatchet – will manage woods together Canadian forest products can bask in glow of new-found eco-approval

May 14th, 2010


LEAKED DOCUMENT: Greenpeace, ENGO’s, Foundations cutting secret deals, greenwashing all forestry

May 18th, 2010

NAN says new National Boreal Forest Agreement disrespects First Nations Rights

May 21st 2010

ENGOs Do Not Speak for Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

May 21st, 2010

GREENWASHING | Analysis of Boreal Forest Agreement [Greenpeace, Nature Conservancy, Forest Ethics]

May 25th, 2010

Boreal Forest Network does not support Canadian Boreal Agreement

May 26th, 2010

Greenpeace divided on Boreal Forest Agreement

Leaked conference call obtained by the Vancouver Media Co-op exposes divergent views on CBFA

June 4th, 2010

Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement a flawed deal

Redeye Radio interviews Dawn Paley

June 22nd, 2010

Is an oilsands truce possible?

Canada’s forest giants and green activists have reached a ceasefire, but a similar pact in the oilsands conflict remains a sticky proposition, observers say, unless government steps up

October 3, 2010

U.S. cash vs. oil sands

October 15th, 2010

Nothing nefarious about Tides

October 15th, 2010

“At Tides Canada we are working to bridge these two polarized camps [environmental organizations and oil companies]. As a convener of diverse interests, we’ve played this role before, most notably in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. There, we worked with strange bedfellows — forest companies, activists, governments and First Nations… It is in this spirit that we are now reaching out to oil sands companies to spark a different conversation.”



October 19th, 2010

Some of the groups in the Tides “tar sands coalition”:
Pembina Institute
Environmental Defense-Canada
Sierra Club
Canadian Boreal Initiative
World Wildlife Fund

The coalition is a secret group with a secret structure that control the bulk of foundation funding for environmental groups working on anti-tar sands campaigns and sets the agenda for them. For more info, check out the infographic in the right column at


~ by Cory Morningstar on October 23, 2010.

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