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Opinion: Pipeline fear factor is inappropriate – Vancouver Sun

The hand-bill promoting the “NoPipelines” march in Vancouver Sunday is another in a long series of fear-instilling, overblown and misleading posters publicizing anti-oil sands demonstrations supported by U.S. donors.

“Calling all nations,” it reads. “Your support is needed. Convergence 2014! Protecting our sacred waters from tar sands oil … UN World Oceans Day.”

Professionally-designed, scary skull logo? Check.

Do-or-die call to action? Check.

Skilled branding, clever hashtag and global tie-in? Check, check and check.

Problem is, the poster, the event it advertises, and the movement it promotes are all misguided.

That’s why the two of us, on our own time and using our own resources, have decided to speak out against this constant misinformation and fear and in favour of sustainable resource development, jobs and the growing tax base that support our schools, hospitals and our most vulnerable citizens.

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