The oil age is coming to an end. As world leaders finally move on climate action, investors in Alberta’s oil sands are desperate to liquidate high-cost bitumen reserves before slowing global demand locks them underground.
That’s what led companies from China and Texas to dream up massive oil tanker ports on the B.C. coast, fed by pipelines from Alberta. First they proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway, then Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion. Each would involve shipping toxic, sinking crude to refineries overseas – with inevitable spills along the way.
Sadly our Prime Minister jumped on the bandwagon, ignoring scientific and economic evidence and violating Indigenous rights. Justin Trudeau didn’t just approve the Trans Mountain expansion using a flawed and unlawful process. When Houston oil investors decided to pull out, Trudeau stepped forward with $4.5 billion taxpayer dollars to bail out the project. Now Canadians are left holding a leaky 65-year-old pipeline and a project certificate nullified by the federal courts.
Big Oil may have unlimited money to run ads and buy politicians, but we have First Nations and the people of B.C. on our side. This is a battle we can’t and won’t lose.