Irresponsible Ottawa bailout changes nothing; this pipeline will never be built
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 29, 2018
Sierra Club BC released the following statement from campaigns director Caitlyn Vernon in response to today’s federal government announcement about the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tankers project:
“Against all logic, knowing the multitude of risks to investors and to the B.C. coast and economy, Prime Minister Trudeau has chosen to double down on this dangerous pipeline and the oil tankers that come with it.
“It’s outrageous that Trudeau is using public funds to bail out a multinational corporation when we could create more jobs by investing in building a clean energy economy instead.
“Investors have been shunning Kinder Morgan’s pipedream and Kinder Morgan has successfully blackmailed the federal government into providing an exit strategy.
“Kinder Morgan is laughing their way to the bank, and Canadian taxpayers have just been saddled with an expensive and outdated project that won’t get built. For Ottawa to pour billions into an asset that no one else wants to own is a monumental folly that flies in the face of all the evidence.
“The message from Ottawa is that a tarsands pipeline and tankers are more important than endangered orca whales, the hundred thousand jobs that depend on a healthy coast and our climate commitments.
“Despite the political posturing, the future of this pipeline and tankers project is not solely up to the federal government. The rights of First Nations have been recognized by the Canadian courts, the Canadian constitution and the United Nations. Multiple Indigenous legal challenges are still outstanding and can stop this project.
“Now the real fight begins, and the Trudeau government is about to find out what BC made of. The Prime Minister has underestimated the degree to which British Columbians love this coast and will do what it takes to protect it.
“By going into business as a pipeline owner, aiding and abetting the expansion of the tarsands, Trudeau is leaving a legacy of severe climate change impacts to our children and grandchildren, not to mention the inevitable oil spills that will wreak havoc on B.C. coast and economy.
“It’s the height of irresponsibility. This is our home. We won’t allow this pipeline to be built.”
Sierra Club BC