Yesterday, the Federal government approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Trudeau states that this decision was based on science and evidence, and that it will provide billions of dollars in government revenue. As 350.org states, however, "By making this decision, they have chosen the interests of the fossil fuel industry over Indigenous peoples, communities across Canada, youth, students, and climate science." Here's a few devastating impacts:
$1.2 billion dollars
potential cost to clean up an Kinder Morgan Pipeline spill
Possible - and perhaps probable - extinction
The orca whales that live along BC's South Coast are designated under the Species at Risk Act (SARA)
These southern residents have a small population and a low reproductive rate.
The impact of tanker noise would be catastrophic for this species.
Climate Change Commitments Now Impossible
"Today, with my signature, I give you our word that Canada's efforts will not cease," said Trudeau in April when he signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.
DeSmog gives us a few quick facts that demonstrate Canada's actions go directly against these words.
The Kinder Morgan and Enbridge pipelines combined represent an increase of 23 to 28 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent released into the atmosphere.
How much is 28 megatonnes? Equivalent to the pollution from 58 million cars on the road!!
Canada is expected to miss the above reduction targets by 91 megatonnes, but the Kinder Morgan pipeline will put us at a further disadvantage.
Final Nail in the Reconciliation Coffin
Another instance of Trudeau going back on his words. Trudeau infamously stated, "Governments grant permits, communities grant permission."
Kinder Morgan has consulted 120 First Nations communities who would be potentially impacted by the project. Only 39 have issued letters of support.
Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam First Nations have voiced strong opposition.
Read more about this here. The company plans to begin construction next fall. Let's use our voices to tell Trudeau that we do not support this pipeline.