I recently came across a debate on Canadian TV (via Desmogblog) that is worth watching – it’s only 10 minutes long. It shows what we are facing across the world if we do not start paying attention. Wherever their interests are threatened, multinational oil and mining companies are pouring money into campaigns to undermine their opponents. They do not do this by argument or rational debate but by the clandestine spreading of misinformation, lies, and smears. In many cases they have actually corrupted the democratic process . All of this is obvious to anyone who is paying attention, the facts are clear, the situation incontrovertible. But we sit back and let it happen.
In Canada the government has been corrupted  by oil and mining companies who are also trying to misinform the public via phony grass groots groups such as “Ethical Oil”. The video clip (below) shows a debate  between representatives from the Sierra Club (an environmental organisation) and Ethical Oil. All you need to do is watch the video to see what is going on.
 http://www.desmogblog.com/unaccountable-oil-enbridge-already-polluting-canadian-political-environment (accessed 18/01/2012)