the manipulative language and informal fallacies

Name: Ahmed AlnassirBUSI 1010Critical Thinking and EthicsID # 100573189Critique this argument by finding the manipulative language and informal fallacies.Obama betrayed America’s closest ally over Keystone XL to prop up climate change legacyBy Claudia Cattaneo (Financial Post Nov 6, 2015)Canadians of every political persuasion should be dismayed by U.S. President Barack Obama’s cowardlyrejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. After seven years of review involving massive documentation,scientific justification and some $3 billion in spending by proponent TransCanada Corp., Obama offeredweak and questionable reasons Friday for the denial.Meanwhile, he betrayed Canada, America’s closest friend and ally, to feed his vanity project – a climatechange legacy he hopes to cement at the UN climate summit in Paris in the coming weeks.Aside from furthering his climate change ambitions, Obama highlighted three reasons for ruling theAlberta-to-U.S. Gulf pipeline project would not serve the U.S. national interest: Keystone XL would notmake a meaningful long-term contribution to the U.S. economy; Keystone would not lower gasolineprices for U.S. consumers, and shipping "dirtier crude" oil into the U.S. would not increase America’senergy security.As Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, put it: "It’s politics at its worst."In fact, Keystone XL would have created 42,000 construction and related jobs and is widely supported bylabour organizations. Some 2,400 U.S. companies supply goods and services to Canada’s oil sector, andthe U.S. is second only to Canada in corporate control of oilsands production – 56 per cent Canada, 30per cent U.S., 10 per cent Europe, five per cent Asia.The rejection reeks of hypocrisy. Obama is turning his back on Canada’s oil while making a deal withIran that enables it to push its oil in the global market, undermining North American supplies.Keystone XL would actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions by carrying oil that is now going on trains,making Obama’s symbolic gesture look like cheap political theatre.In his statement, Obama said senior members of his team would engage with their Canadian counterpartsto deepen energy and climate change cooperation.Having thrown Canada under the bus, Trudeau should be careful about dealing with an administrationwith such tunnel vision about what’s important and is so invested in making Obama look good.Besides, Trudeau doesn’t need Obama’s input to chart a climate and energy course that fits Canada’sneeds.The denial is also a wake up call to all Canadians. In turning down KXL, Obama stood side by side withenvironmental activists who want to shut down a big part of Canada’s energy economy. Those samegroups were gloating Friday that the KXL win is just the beginning and that Canadian energy projects arenext on their hit list."If Big Oil thinks that after Keystone XL the protesters are going home, they’re going to be sorelysurprised," Bill McKibben, co-founder of the U.S. environmental group 350.org, said in a statement."Today in Canada, dozens of people are risking arrest at Prime Minister Trudeau’s residence as part of the’Climate Welcome’ action to urge him to put an immediate freeze to tar sand expansion."That’s blatant interference by U.S. groups deploying deplorable tactics to influence choices that areCanada’s to make.Marking Rubric: (Max 20 Marks)Two (2) Marks for each correctly identified example of manipulative language and/or informal fallacy:Type of ManipulativelanguageExample(s) in ArticleObama’s cowardly rejection

 

 

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