There was little doubt the federal government would approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, regardless of public opposition or evidence presented against it. The prime minister indicated he wanted the pipeline built before the Joint Review Panel hearings even began. Ad campaigns, opponents demonized as foreign-funded radicals, gutted environmental laws and new pipeline and tanker regulations designed in part to mollify the B.C. government made the federal position even more clear.

Northern Gateway pipeline approved with 209 conditions
Radicals working against oilsands, Ottawa says

Is that how it is?   When the government is wrong, and you voice your criticisms, the government labels you a “radical”.

 
According to an Angus Reid poll conducted after the announcement:
37% agree with the decision,
34% see it as the wrong move, and
29% aren’t sure yet.

However, nearly 70% told the polling firm they believe the project will be completed, regardless of their views of the matter.

This is defeatist.

 
Will this pipeline be built?   The lawsuits will begin. The will cost the taxpayers millions. I think it’s going to go to the ballot box in 2015. It may be their political demise.

 
Introducing the Enbridge 21 :
ENBRIDGE 21 A

These federal MPs have a choice: BC or Enbridge.

Urge them to choose BC at enbridge21@.ca

Let B.C.’s federal government MPs know you don’t support Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline
http://action2.davidsuzuki.org/northern-gateway

 
Clean up the tar sands:

We need a clean energy strategy for Canada.

Stop tar sands expansion.
Implement readily available solutions for existing problems.
Develop a strategy to phase out tar sands development altogether,
as a part of a clean energy strategy for Canada.

We need to reduce demand for oil.

More tar sands oil is not the answer to our energy problem.

The main driver of tar sands expansion is our over-reliance on increasingly dirty oil as a primary source of energy. Rather than tripling tar sands production over the next 17 years, the most rational approach to meeting our energy needs is to reduce our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels by building a clean energy economy based on energy efficiency and low-carbon, renewable energy sources.

But in order for energy efficiency to become the rule rather than exception, it’s essential that effective government policy drives investment in efficiency rather than more dirty oil production.

Every year, the Canadian government gives more than $1.4 billion in tax subsidies to oil, coal, and gas companies.

What is the amount of subsidies for renewable energies?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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