I must admit to being appalled when our previous government used 4.5 billion dollars of our tax money to purchase the Trans mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan.
Who wouldn’t be taken aback at such overt hypocrisy after promising drastic emission reductions at the Paris COP?
Hadn’t they promised to cease subsidies to the oil industry? stated their priority for reconciliation with indigenous peoples? declared a climate emergency?
How could one rationalize the pipeline purchase with these policy statements?
In some ways the contradiction reminded me of how “unsinkable” the Titanic was just before running into the iceberg. In that case it was the power of nature over man’s hubris, but we are nearing a similar situation by the end of this month.
Our most recent government must make a decision that could make or break Canada’s promises to Paris, and the world, that we mean what we say about being “back” from the abominable lack of climate reduction policies of the Harper government.
The Liberal cabinet must decide by the end of February, whether to use the old and toxic environmental assessment process used by Harper to allow or reject Tech Resources in building the largest ever open-pit tarsand mine (twice the area of Vancouver) in northern Alberta.
If allowed, this $20-billion giant project just upstream from Wood Buffalo National Park (created in 1922 and already listed by UNESCO as being “in danger”) will not only destroy critical habitat for many “at risk” species such as bison, caribou, and whooping cranes but also huge swaths of rapidly diminishing arboreal forest.
Several of our provinces, led by Alberta and Saskatchewan, are putting increasing pressure on the Liberal cabinet to allow this mine to be built, regardless of the enormous destruction of an area critical to the survival of the Mikisew Nation and Athabaska Nation.
In order to avoid another incident like the Titanic pitting the environment against man’s short sightedness, anybody who is serious about leaving a liveable world for their descendants should get hold of their MP and insist on the rejection of the Tech Frontier Tarsands mine.