Big decisions in pipeline for B.C.’s environment

Re: Contradictions plague enviro movement, B.C. Views, April 25, 2012.

Re: Contradictions plague enviro movement, B.C. Views, April 25, 2012.

After reading the tabloid journalistic attack on David Suzuki by legislative reporter Tom Fletcher, it made we wonder if he is also being paid by the B.C. Liberal party’s communication department.

And if you belief his greenwashing on these important environmental issues that David Suzuki and hundreds of other reputable scientists around the world are telling us, I suppose you will believe the political spin an additional $400,000 of direct awarded tax dollars will give you.

I wonder if Mr. Fletcher agrees with our federal government muzzling our Canadian scientists by not permitting them to say anything that contravenes the Harper spin.

Another “Earth Day” has come and gone with this year marking the 23rd anniversary of the day when a drunken captain steered the Exxon Valdez into the rocks creating the worst ongoing ecological tragedy that North America’s coastline has ever experienced.

Has our society really learned anything from this environmental tragedy as our federal government paves the way for the same risks on British Columbia’s pristine northern coastal waters?

Months ago our prime minister met with Chinese leaders promising them that the Enbridge pipeline will be built and not to worry about any opposition to it.

Meanwhile Kinder Morgan has been quietly going through the federal government approval process (or should I say lack of process) to almost triple the volume of oil to be shipped by super tankers through our busy and already environmentally pressured south coastal waters. Kinder Morgan appears to be taking advantage of public attention being focused on the Enbridge Northern Gateway proposal.

As we try to form our own opinions from all the versions of political spin and as our federal government makes unilateral decisions on Canada’s long term future, I still have hope and optimism that the people in our democracy will have the final say in the decisions that truly mean the most to future generations of Canadians. Unlike in China where these rights are not an option.

Gary Neilson

Langford

 

 

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