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Honestly, I have no time for the people who keep attacking @FairQuestions for her work uncovering the financing behind the campaigns against Alberta oil. She did the work on her own dime and more importantly has the paper trail to support her claims. #bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpoli 1/
The funniest ones are the ones who argue that she has not made a case that the money really made anything happen. This argument assumes that the American donors to these programs are idiots. To understand follow my logic #bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpoli 2/
Vivian has presented documents from the original funding bodies that indicated that their overall goal was to land-lock Alberta oil. This is not really up for debate all the original documents are presented on Vivian's web site #bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpoli 3/
We also know from the documents that these donors provided a LOT of seed money to a bunch of anti-oil NGOs in Canada. Once again this is not up for debate, the figures are all at Vivian's web site #bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpoli 4/
Now let's assume, for the time being, that the funding organizations are not idiots. They would therefore be looking at whether their funding was achieving their goals and whether they felt they were getting value for money #bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpoli 5/
Over time, any reasonable coordinator would start re-directing money away from the groups that were not achieving their goals and would move that money to new groups or to groups that were over-achieving. This is not rocket science #bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpoli 6/
So a decade+ later you can assume that any competent organization would be sending most of its money to the groups that were best at meeting the goals of the campaign. #bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpoli 7/
Thus, ipso facto, any group that was still receiving money a decade into the campaign must be viewed, at least by the donors, as having been successful at the campaign. There is no other argument unless these funding organizations are incompetent #bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpoli 8/
So to argue that Vivian is getting it wrong is entirely backwards. The existence of the continued funding makes it absolutely clear that she is right. The continued funding by the Tars Sands Campaign demonstrates that they think the funding is worth it #bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpoli 9/
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