Killing Canada with a pipeline of Alberta sludge
More pipelines…pissing in our own soup.
There are any number of ways of killing off a country, and a pipeline, namely the Kinder-Morgan pipeline is a very good way of doing it. Ottawa, more appropriately, Blunderburg on the Rideau, is expecting British Columbia to sacrifice its environment to millions of gallons Alberta sludge. If we wonder what foments Western alienation and talk of secession this is it. Blunderburg, being the tin-horn colonizer of the rest of Canada expects the provinces to indulge its consummate stupidity and contempt for environmental law. It needs its ass kicked around the block with a frozen boot-readily available with our record setting cold weather, which of course might just be triggered by climate change.
After generations of failure to deal with the legitimate needs of the First Nations, Blunderburg is about to rub their noses in Alberta sludge. To say nothing of the flooding of ancestral lands and prime agricultural tracts courtesy of the Site C Dam, recently approved by hopeless John Horgan- just another hapless politician pimping for the neoliberal Philistines running the country.
At a time when climate change is manifesting itself with horrific storms and extreme weather, our politicos only response is to build more pipelines and pump more toxicity into the environment. They refuse to address the fact oil is ultimately a finite resource and needs replacing by alternative forms of energy. Shipping sludge half-way around the world to China, a country already suffocating in soupy smog, only makes a bad situation worse and is stop-gap.
Unless the government of BC and the people it represents kill this vile tube of Alberta sludge winding its way across the province disasters will follow. Spills and leaks are inevitable. Giant oil tankers bulging with oil will litter our perilous inland waterways. Spills could occur within sight of downtown Vancouver.
What is the future of the Kinder Morgan pipeline ? The answer in one word is-bleak. Alberta sludge is a very high cost oil in a world where oil prices are flat lining and the US has an abundance of conventional oil. The long-term economic viablility of Alberta tar sands is far from promising.
If you want to read the future of the Kinder Morgan pipeline through BC, refer to Paul Koring’s article: Why TransCanada doesn’t talk much about Keystone XL these days. The era of big bulging over-priced pipelines is over.
This pipeline is no more than a pathetic symbol of bad resource management and our unwillingness to address climate change head on. Politicians abdicate their responsibility to actually lead. Instead they collude with corporatists whose only loyalty is to their bottom line, and damn the consequences. We endure a compulsive willingness to piss in our own soup.
If we really are a country, and I have my well documented doubts, Canadians from the Atlantic to the Pacific will tell Blunderburg to the shove the Kinder Morgan pipeline where the sun does not shine.
“Federal politicians since the end of the [PE] Trudeau era have given Canadians “really pretty rotten government,” says [Michael Bliss]. There has been a “failure to provide Canadians with any kind of satisfying vision or even basic integrity. It’s not just an accident that politicians are at the bottom of the trust index. It’s a terrible failure of leadership.” – Michael Bliss, Canadian Historian, 2006