Kinder Morgan (the pipeline people who want to bring fresh tar to our beaches) is getting impatient with us. They have stomped their feet and they want their lickspittle to do as instructed. “Make it so, number one!” Justin is inclined to obey, of course, but BC has put up an objection and that challenge is taking time. First Nations are resisting, too. That also takes time. Kinder Morgan doesn’t like to be kept waiting. Time is money. They are calling the bluff on the Feds. “Do it! Or we may take our diggers and go home!”
For the most part, I am in favour of Horgan, First Nations and the BC government. The pipeline is a complete sellout to corporate interests, threatens the environment and does nothing to help Canadians. NOTHING! Resistance by BC and any thinking human being is obligatory. They are doing what they said they would do and it is the right thing to do.
But they will lose.
The Federal government has jurisdiction and, where they don’t, they can legislate to get it. Worse, the Feds have to fight Horgan because of NAFTA and the privileges and rights we gave away years ago to the Americans. The US corporate-state may not own us, but they pretty much ‘lease us’ and, in British Common law, leasing gives a lot of ‘ownership’ power. Kinder Morgan will threaten and sue Canada to get the money they would have had to otherwise work for with the pipeline if they don’t get what they want.
We lose giving in and we will lose fighting them.
The answer, of course, is in finding a resolution some other way….refining the sludge to an evaporative product would solve all of the problems but the major one – climate change exacerbation. More greenhouse gases. But that would at the very least not add sludge and tar to the Salish Sea.
Plus – the Chinese do not want to pay for value-added product. They want their sludge at the lower price. You know, like they just want raw logs and not lumber or finished product?
Bottom line: the drama queen is between a rock and a tar-baby. He will cave to corporate interests. Either way, lots of lawyers will make a lot of money. Within a decade or two we will learn of tankers colliding in English Bay or Coal Harbour or pipelines rupturing into Burrard Inlet or some BC river. And all sorts of oily hell will break loose. There will be calls for a Royal Commission and we will all grieve and lament the death of the Gulf of Georgia, salmon streams, beaches and great swathes of forest. Plucky kids will be photographed cleaning sea birds on the beach. Our planet will be one giant step closer to dying. And Texas shareholders in Kinder Morgan will be discussing public relations.
John-in-Alberta-types (I do not know the real John. My reader may be a non-smoking, anti-gun, teetotal for all I know) will be paying $10.00 a liter for his old, rusting Silverado and cursing the socialists and tree-huggers. He will champion the oil companies. He will vote Conservative. He will use his Employment Insurance cheque to buy more cigarettes, booze and bullets. He’ll watch hockey. And he will also curse Trudeau. That’s the Canadian way.
Kinder Morgan quitting?
Don’t kid yourself. If it isn’t this way, it will be another. That is what they do.