Lets support Canada's excellent record on resource development
Despite the U.S. State department concluding no fewer than five times that the KXL Pipeline would not “significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution,” 350.org continues to maintain its position that the pipeline poses “a danger to the climate,” and recently published its “#No KXL Strategy Session: 5 Ways Forward to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline.” Inspired to counter these false statements and committed to presenting the facts, Cody Battershill directs you the BOE’s: #ProKXL Strategy Session: 5 Ways Forward in Support of Keystone XL and Energy Security for North America.
“We are at a critical time for energy production and infrastructure development in North America. Projects like KXL are a clear path forward to preserve the most successful continental integration story in the history of energy and towards the goals of energy security and self-sufficiency,” said Battershill. “This is a proven environmentally and socially responsible project with far reaching benefits, including for Indigenous peoples in Alberta and B.C. who have seen significant economic opportunities and improvements to their communities from oilsands development.”
President Trump approved the project on March 24 after eight years of delays and extensive environmental reviews and regulatory process. In February of 2015, President Obama vetoed the bill after it had already been approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
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Here are the five ways forward:
1. Understand the science
Be aware of the strong science behind Canadian oil and of pipeline safety. The widely respected Royal Society of Canada long ago released a 414-page report, “Environmental and Health Impacts of Canada’s Oil Sands Industry,” in which scientists, academics, operators, government officials and environmentalists knocked down the worst of the anti-oil sands hype. We have to ask ourselves who is more credible on these topics, local experts or activists?
2. Don’t ignore Indigenous support
Yes, there are First Nations who are unsupportive of the energy industry, including oil extraction and transmission. However, it should come as no surprise to anyone that follows energy policy and land use that strong First Nations support also exists. A recent reminder comes from Elmer Ghostkeeper of the Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement, recently quoted in the National Post on the Trudeau government's rejection of the Northern Gateway Pipeline project, "Equity was offered to aboriginal communities, and with the change in government that was all taken away. We are very disappointed in this young government." More than 30 of the 42 bands on the Alberta-to-West Coast pipeline’s right-of-way were looking forward to sharing in the construction and long-term benefits.
3. Support KXL in your words and your deeds. That is, walk the walk, and talk the talk
Pressuring North American companies with unfounded claims of environmental destruction is in itself unethical. The Canadian energy sector has shown time and time again it’s fully committed to the highest environmental and ethical standards. Why do we hear absolutely nothing from activists about the pipelines and oil tankers bringing oil to North America? Canada should be the supplier of choice for anyone that cares about the environment, peace and progress.
4. Get familiar with the approval process so far. It’s been years in the making. Defend it
The March 2017 signing of the Presidential permit by US President Donald Trump comes after nearly a decade of analysis and discussion. Yet, here’s what 350.org said in a recent email message: “Trump rushed Keystone XL through.”
That’s a completely false claim. The process had been underway for the better part of a decade, and had included thousands of pages of analysis and thousands of hours of meetings and hearings. The fact is, the project has broad support from all levels of government including local Governors, State Senators and local municipalities, including 100% of the land owners in Montana, South Dakota and about 90% in Nebraska.
5. Support Canada’s record of social and environmental justice
Canada’s plays a key role in providing oil to the US and other markets from a friendly neighbour who is committed to the highest environmental, human rights and ethical standards. When the anti-Keystone XL campaign machine cranks up again very shortly, you’ll hear opponents say you should work to stop Keystone XL at the source – “in Canada, where the oil industry is ripping up the land.” But if the issue is truly about environmental protection, worker rights and energy security, isn’t Canada the best choice by far?
Canada is third the largest oil reserve country in the world, but within that list, we dominate in virtually every other category. We’re ranked at the top for freedom, democracy, equality, social progress, freedom of belief, freedom of the internet, freedom of the press, top places to live, human development, best places to raise a family, transparency and environmental performance with 80% of our electricity generation from non-carbon emitting hydro or nuclear power.
Energy from Canada? Absolutely!