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FORSETH – Big City folks are being two-faced on pipeline expansion project

(Image: Kinder Morgan)

A RECENT POST on Twitter from Mike Hudama (@MikeHudama), stated, “BAM! Hundreds out in Vancouver to stand-up against #KinderMorgan #tarsands pipeline. BC says NO.

I hate to deflate your big city, rose-coloured glasses, cocooned life, Mike, however, B.C. does not say “No” — at least not all of BC — in fact not even the majority.

You are part of the loud and vocal minority of people who by sheer numbers tend to live in the Metro-Vancouver area;

… with hillsides clear-cut to make way for tens of thousands of overpriced homes

… with thousands of acres paved over with concrete for all of your designer stores selling more of the same crap with a different label

… that you drive to in over-priced vehicles with huge engines that can never be driven to capacity (but still burn huge volumes of fossil fuel)

… who live miles, and hours, from work that require huge expensive transit systems to get you around to where you need to be.

Shall I go on???

You are fine ones to talk about what we do and do not need … what types of jobs and work we should or should not have … and even whether our lifestyle is or isn’t up to your standards.

Yes, the loud and vocal minority of two faced, oil dependent, city folk, can continue to protest away.

Feel free to do so because it’s a democratic country we live in.

It is interesting to note, however, all of the things needed and made from fossil fuel, that I saw in the picture Mike posted.

When I mentioned this as a reply to Mike, another individual (Corey W @velleity33) indicated that while that might be true, all of those things could be sourced from vegetable matter.

SERIOUSLY??? You have to be kidding me!

NOT EVEN CLOSE TO everything can be made from vegetable sources, and regardless, fossil fuels would still be required to create those things in one way or another!  And … even if the fuel in the Trans Mountain pipeline is for export, the twinning of the pipeline will create many good paying, family supporting, jobs.

Danger?  Risk??? Sure, that is just a fact of life.

However, the east coast of Canada has been receiving thousands of tanker ships a year (from oil rich despot countries) without accident — or protest — from greener granola crunchers!

What I believe, and many others for that matter, is just as valid, and perhaps more so, than those up in arms about the twinning of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

It’s time to quit being apologetic if you live in rural and Northern B.C. … and make your living from the land, and its resources (or if support those who do).

When those who live in the larger metro areas actually do become the greeners they claim they are (but aren’t in reality), then maybe it will be time to have a better listen to what they have to say.

Until that happens, however, I’m turning a deaf ear to what they have to say.  I will, however, do my very best not to waste, I’ll recycle, and I’ll live a basic lifestyle without expensive toys and gadgets.

What thoughts do you have on the matter?  Do you agree or disagree?  The floors yours, and I’d love to hear from you!

Meantime … in Kamloops, I’m Alan Forseth.

Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada and the B.C. Reform Party, and a past and current member of the BC Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.

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4 Comments on FORSETH – Big City folks are being two-faced on pipeline expansion project

  1. Big cities and big spenders, Calgary seems to be in the news as a influence on BC pipelines , care to comment on that ? The other issue is dilbit and whirled class clean-ups !

  2. I think the comparisson is unrealistic.We all have huge stresses on us .Regardless of location.If you give a dam(N) for water or forest or wildlife or air then your stresses are greatest in the center and north of BC.If you are stressed out about Fentanil or crime or housing then I would expect your stresses are greater in Vancouver/Victoria etc.If Vancouver is living in a dome with it’s inherrent life issues then we are living outside that dome.But we have our ownlife issues .To condem one over the other is unrealistic.WE all believe that global warming could be the death knell for this planet and in that we all live under the same dome.

  3. Tracey Pointer // September 18, 2017 at 1:02 PM // Reply

    Right on, Alan. Couldn’t agree more.

  4. Lawrence Beaton // September 18, 2017 at 8:14 AM // Reply

    It would seem that Vancouver is living in a dome, a dome that does not allow for anything to disturb their pristine life-style. Up with the North and the Interior. While we at it, which area has more stress Vancouver or North/Interior?

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