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 culturalshits in some o our current liestyle choices. This report highlightsa handul 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 callingor 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 inrastructuredevelopment – whetherit’s oil sands, pipelines,refneries, powerstations or transmissionlines – are the sameones who say ‘yes’ tolight switches, cookedood, school busesand gas pedals. Butthey can’t have it bothways.”- Enbridge CEO PatDaniel, 2011 EnbridgeAGM