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Transport Report

Transport Report

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Driving Change
CASE STUDIES FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATIONOPTIONS IN NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA
Nikki Skuce, ForestEthics
 
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ForestEthics contracted the Pembina Institute to provide research on fve sustainable transportationoptions that could be implemented by northern British Columbia communities. Pembina providedbackground and an on-the-ground example or each option, based on research and interviews.This report is expanded rom a technical report commissioned by ForestEthics by the Pembina Institute.“Sustainable Transportation Options in Northern British Columbia” was written by Alison Bailie, MattHorne and Oliver Hendrickson.Nikki Skuce is the Senior Energy Campaigner or ForestEthics based out o Smithers, B.C.Thank you to all those rom Prince George to Haida Gwaii who provided input into this report.
 
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RATIONALE
Enbridge and CN Rail are proposing to transport tar sands uelacross northwest British Columbia to ports in Kitimat and PrinceRupert. Some proponents, including the CEO o Enbridge, haveargued that those opposing these projects are hypocrites. How canwe object to a ossil-uel project when we ourselves use ossil uels?It is true that without government incentives and disincentivesdriving innovation and the transition to a green energy uture,our sustainable transportation options will continue to be limited.However, the good news is that options do exist today that can beimplemented at the individual, municipal or regional levels. Thesesolutions require political will and leadership, as well as culturalshits in some o our current liestyle choices. This report highlightsa handul o practical options that could – and are – workingin northwest British Columbia. It also provides innovative ideasto help communities think “outside the box” when it comes totransportation.In taking a stand against projects like Enbridge’s Northern Gatewaypipeline, we are standing up or a better uture. One that can notonly sustain us today, but or uture generations. While many peopleare standing up or their rights, or wild salmon, or rivers, or thecoast and or their children, there is recognition that broader changeis necessary. Canada has no national energy strategy. We have verylittle in the way o climate change policies. Some provinces areahead o others in stimulating a green energy economy. Yet, as acountry we have no integrated transportation plan.Instead o rushing to export tar sands oil to Asia, we need to take stock and plan our energy uturetogether. We need to create a strategy that allows us to reduce our reliance on costly ossil uels anddecide together how best to use our non-renewable resources while making the transition. While callingor broader change, we can act today and encourage others to do the same.
 
Enbridge’s controversial proposal would have pipelines running rom the tar sands to the Port o Kitimat (Neil Ever Osborne photo).
“Those who say ‘no’ toenergy inrastructuredevelopment – whetherit’s oil sands, pipelines,refneries, powerstations or transmissionlines – are the sameones who say ‘yes’ tolight switches, cookedood, school busesand gas pedals. Butthey can’t have it bothways.”- Enbridge CEO PatDaniel, 2011 EnbridgeAGM

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