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All the oil pumped down Enbridge's North B.C. pipeline will be spilled

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Meanwhile in B.C., our government passed a law requiring our citizens and businesses to cut climate damage by 33 per cent in the next decade. That is going to take a lot of hard work and money to pull off. To help meet our goal we pay $25 for every tonne of CO2 we spill into the atmosphere. But this one proposed pipeline across BC would wipe out all our climate efforts more than eight times over. Not only does it wipe out our efforts but neither the private oil companies nor China plan to pay a carbon tax on it like we have to.

In fact, we could literally stop using all fossil fuels in B.C. -- turn off the heat in all buildings, abandon all vehicles, ships, planes and close every factory and industry and fossil fuel power plant – and not come close to offsetting the climate damage that will be spilled from this proposed pipeline.

Will our BC Premier Christy Clark approve a project that makes a complete mockery of the very climate efforts her government requires of its own citizens? Will there be a double standard where she gives the thumbs up for China to dump as much of our Crown-carbon that they want without even paying any carbon tax, but make it illegal for British Columbians to do the same? Will her recent hiring of a former Enbridge lobbyist as her new chief-of-staff bias her decision? Will foreign interests get a better deal than BC citizens on our own nation’s oil?

The 150 MtCO2 of new climate damage guaranteed to be spilled as a result of the proposed ENGPA will wipe out all efforts by all Canadians to cut climate pollution.

Game over.

The world’s most important climate scientist, James Hansen of NASA, said that this plan by private oil corporations to radically expand extraction of climate damage out of the tar sands will mean “game over” for our climate. The staid International Energy Agency says that we need to stop building new fossil fuel infrastructure or bring on a climate “catastrophe”.

Despite the clear threat, a few private oil corporations, with the aid and blessing of the Harper and Alberta Governments, are already actively pushing two more gigantic pipelines across BC in addition to Enbridge’s “Northern Gateway Pipeline to our Atmosphere”.

The Enbridge documents show that private oil corporations operating in Alberta plan to ratchet up the climate damage they extract from the tar sands to a staggering one billion tonnes of CO2 per year by 2035. That is double the climate damage from all fossil fuel burning for everything else in Canada. It will overwhelm every effort by every other part of Canadian society to stop climate change.

These private oil corporations will also need to build the equivalent of fifteen more pipelines the size of the one existing pipeline (foreign-owned Kinder Morgan TMX) that currently crosses B.C.

Along the way every single one of those additional billions and billions of gallons of tar sands oil will get spilled into our environment…one way or the other.

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