I have suggested in several of my past posts, here & here, that sustainability in Canada is a really slippery slope, especially when it comes to the law. And right now, it most certainly appears that oil & gas pipelines are higher on the sustainability agenda than the actual environment & truly erring on the side of caution. It was announced in the media that the Harper government has backed off a very good initiative for properly managing the oceans in British Columbia a few days ago.
There are a few important things to note about this article and what it points to:
1) “environmental groups are using U.S. money to try to thwart development projects including Enbridge Inc’s $5.5-billion proposal to pump Alberta bitumen crude by pipeline to the West Coast for Asia-bound tankers”
Anyone else find it aggravating that to keep on producing & expanding the oil & gas industry does not seem to align itself with what many believe to be a more sustainably developed world? Electric cars & solar power (along with a slew of other truly eco-saving energies) can easily be made available. But hey, its always about the money almost everywhere seems.
Oh ya, and don’t forget about how it seems to be of great concern that environmental groups are thwarting (gas, oil) development projects. Holy human waste, batman but isn’t it effectively the agenda of environmental groups to save the environment? I am losing my mind here. Are we such oil & gas addicts that we cannot use fantastic alternatives & solutions right out of nature? We know this continued use of oil & gas & its development kills nature. I’m smelling some human waste issues here that point to a certain kind of green – called greenbacks.
2) “The federal government’s letter, dated Sept. 1, 2011, declared that Ottawa is walking away from the $8.3-million funding agreement because it wants an oceans plan for the north coast based on a more “focused” and “sustainable and effective” process.”
Four words. “Focused”. “Sustainable”. “Effective”. “Process”.
Again, I will stress, that if one “FOCUSES”, it can be seen in the Federal Sustainable Development Act of Canada, the terms ‘sustainable’ & ‘sustainability’ are purely about “the capacity of a thing, action, activity, or process to be maintained indefinitely“. In our government’s point of view & under the law, because the oil & gas industry are actions or activities or processes (that have already been around & will be for future generations!) to be maintained indefinitely. I will also stress that the precautionary principle is again, just a principle and/or a guide. It is not specifically written into the legislation. I encourage you to look it up for yourself & read the Act. Google it. Bing it. Share it. But make sure you don’t just take my word for granted.
Also, please view PNCIMA’s website. Familiarize yourself with it. This plan has a steering committee comprised of government officials as well as First Nations & others. First Nations are important & they comprise a large number of the population in BC. We also cannot forget that irregardless of any stereotypes, First Nations people understand nature & its circle, of that I have not doubt. I have worked with First Nations in Ontario, talked to them. I know what is going on. This type of support withdrawal is nothing new to First Nations, but it is a big slap & direspect to them here as far as their involvement & it is indicative of control over their future involvement.
This is just the tip of the iceberg.
If we really want to save our beautiful environment in Canada, let’s use some logic here. It is not unreasonable for us to want to wean ourselves off of oil & gas & other dirty methods of energy production & to start the stoppage of these kinds of developments. There are alternatives. Are they at the top of the sustainable list in Canada? I’m just not seeing that really.
What is coming is a lot more of oil, gas etc. developments unless we do something.
Roman historian & poet Juvenal posed this question:
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”
Translation: Who will guard the guards themselves?
It is up to up to us to work within the system & fight for the proper wording & defense of our environment, animals, food, water etc. because sustainable seems somewhat a Trojan horse.
We hope & want & believe sustainability will save our environment. In global political economical terms, its all really about money, technology & resources.
But what do I know?