The Globe and Mail reports in its Monday, May 20, edition that Environmental groups targeted by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney are shrugging off the new government's promised $30-million "war room" to fight criticisms of the province's energy industry.
A Canadian Press dispatch to The Globe reports that Keith Stewart of Greenpeace says, "The war room makes for good theatre, but the people who follow this closely are going to look at this as amateur hour." Simon Dyer of the clean-energy think tank Pembina Institute says, "Chasing environmentalists might play well politically, but it's not actually relevant to the discussion that Alberta and Canada need to be having."
Both groups have been singled out by Mr. Kenney as examples of ones distorting the truth about the impact of the oil sands. The Premier has said government staff will be tasked with responding quickly to what he calls myths and lies.
Mr. Kenney has also promised to finance lawsuits against offending environmentalists and to call a public inquiry into the role of money from United States foundations.
Environmental groups have already been discussing informally what the United Conservative government might have in mind and how they should react.
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