Here’s a list of 10 reasons why I believe that its fair to inquire about the activities of Tides Canada and its American funding.
1. Environmental Campaigns Miss The Mark
The biggest problem with the “environmental” campaigns funded by Tides Canada and its U.S. funders is that these campaigns consume considerable public attention and hundreds of millions of dollars but they miss the real, priority environmental problems. Take forests and wild salmon, for example.
U.S foundations have spent more than $150 million on the Great Bear Rainforest and the Boreal Forest Initiative but in the hundreds of grants that I’ve seen for more than $300 million, I’ve only found one grants for $25,000 to address the pine beetle epidemic that has devastated B.C. forests.
Wild salmon are extinct or severely endangered in 34 rivers in the Bay of Fundy, on the east coast of Canada but the place where Tides Canada and its American funders are spending tens of millions of dollars is on the west coast – where last year the returns of Fraser sockeye were the highest in 100 years.
When it comes to both forests and salmon, I don’t see how Tides Canada’s U.S.-funded campaigns would address the real, priority environmental problems but I do see how these campaigns would protect American economic, market and trade interests – all in the name of protecting the environment. Scaring consumers away from farmed salmon helps to prop up the market for wild salmon, most of which is Alaskan. Whether intentional or not, the campaign against oil tanker traffic on the north coast of B.C., Canada’s strategic, northern gateway, would block oil trade with Asia. No oil tanker traffic means no oil export to Asia and that the U.S. gets to keep its monopoly on Canadian oil exports.