Alberta Deputy Premier's "Mission Accomplished" Blog Missing In Action

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Earlier today,we had a bunch of emails sent to us with a link to a blog set up by Alberta Deputy Premier Ron Stevens. The blog was set up to chronicle Steven’s Alberta Oil Sands PR offensive in Washington, DC.

The post that had everyone so upset was on Steven’s put up this morning entitled “Mission Accomplished” – a somewhat ironic and inappropriate pronouncement for the deputy minister. Ironic, in that today is the 5 year anniversary of US President George W Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech in which he claimed that the war in Iraq was over.

And Stevens “Mission Accomplished” claim is inappropriate coming the day after the Alberta Oil Sands made international headlines when 500 migrating ducks turned up dead after landing on one of the Oil Sands toxic oceans of tar sand tailings.

I’d show you all of this on the Deputy Premier’s blog, but it looks like it has been entirely scrubbed from the internet. Well, not totally scrubbed. Here’s the link to the Google cache. And attached to this post is a PDF screen-shot of the controversial “Mission Accomplished” post and another one of his Blogger profile.

Enjoy.

If someone would like to transcribe it, I will gladly add it to this post.

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Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmog. He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning. Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks. Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder. Prior to DeSmog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health. In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications. Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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