The Next Standing Rock
From The New Republic: "A new Canadian pipeline could be "game over" for the climate—and activists are lining up to stop it."
Even as the world continues to reel from Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, another environmental disaster is already looming. In September, construction is scheduled to begin on a massive expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, a project that will create a dramatic spike in planet-warming pollution by transporting oil extracted from Canada’s tar sands, one of the world’s dirtiest and most energy-intensive sources of crude.
The supersize pipeline, stretching along a 715-mile route from Alberta to the Pacific Ocean, will pump 890,000 barrels of oil to the coast each day—more than doubling the current carbon emissions from tar sands. In climate terms, that’s the equivalent of putting another 3.6 million cars on the road.
Just great. This time an American company getting an assist from Canada's two faced Prime Minister:
The pipeline itself is American, owned by Houston-based energy giant Kinder-Morgan, which boasts of operating a “giant toll road” for the flow of oil and natural gas. But the man paving the way for the pipeline is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has carefully cultivated a reputation among environmentalists as the climate-conscious opposite of Donald Trump.
The city of Vancouver, climate activists and indigenous tribes have all joined in on opposition. A recent political shift may also be a monkey wrench:
The pipeline was approved last fall by federal and provincial governments controlled by Trudeau’s Liberal Party. But in May, after New Democrats and Greens won a one-seat majority in British Columbia, the left-wing coalition vowed to do everything in its power to block the Trans Mountain Pipeline—including holding up necessary permits.
The arrogance and contempt for global climate/environmental disaster continues unabated.