It’s hypocritical to sue tobacco firms but allow drilling

It’s hypocritical to sue tobacco firms but allow drilling by Mary Seibert, December 22, 2013, Lethbridge Herald
Children in the past, imprisoned in the vehicles of parents who smoked, had no choice but to inhale the toxic secondhand smoke of their either ill-informed or just plain belligerent parents. Innocent people in Lethbridge, if Goldenkey gets its OK, will have no choice but to be imprisoned in their own homes, subjected to the consequences of senseless drilling and fracking operations, and forced to inhale toxic fumes far worse than any secondhand smoke. Yet, both the government and oil companies refuse to see past their evil, greedy need to extract the last few drops to serve their own political, economical and personal desires. How hypocritical of Premier Redford to be suing the tobacco companies when she and her government are contributing to the atrocities of mass poisoning at a scale beyond even words! [Emphasis added]

[Refer also to:

Ernst Letter to Alberta Premier Alison Redford, June 13, 2012: To Smoke or Not to Smoke and supporting documents

Alberta to seek C$10 billion from tobacco industry

Law firm with connections to premier given share of smoking lawsuit, Redford’s ex-husband is a long-time Tory party worker

Alberta government claim alleges smoking industry conspiracy

Frackers follow tobacco’s lead in funding research, Industry trying to buy prestige of universities, while ties go unreported

Judge Rules Tobacco Companies Must Take Out Ads Saying They Lied About Dangers Of Smoking

Alberta premier accused of conflict in tobacco case, Ethics expert says Alison Redford should have removed herself from decision-making process

3 tobacco companies in $27B lawsuit begin their defence, Defence’s witness argues dangers of smoking have been common knowledge for decades

$50-billion tobacco lawsuit to go ahead in Ontario, Court of Appeal unanimously refused to throw case out of court

Fracking industry shouldn’t decide whether it is safe

Air Pollution and Cancer Spikes linked in Alberta; Alberta’s Oil Legacy: Bad Air and Rare Cancers, Sickening carcinogens now saturate Industrial Heartland, study finds

Water-quality study underway in Hudson’s Hope, BC, to provide data on effects of fracking; numerous water wells have gone bad after frac’ing in the community

Radon — #9 In “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries”; Cochrane Alberta home tests high for radon

Silent killer: Health Canada urges testing homes for cancer-causing radon ]

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