Opinion Piece

by acappiello on February 28, 2014 - 3:38pm

The Athabasca oil sands, located in Alberta, centered in Fort McMurray, are one of the world's largest known reservoirs of crude bitumen in the world. It is also the largest of the three major oil sands deposits in Alberta. The Athabasca Oil Sands Project by Royal Dutch Shell was made to expand the oil sands and insert a Jackpine pipe line. Neil Young, Canadian rock singer, made an Honour the Treaties tour, against the Athabasca oil sands, to raise awareness of this situation. There are many arguments for and against the tour, but I believe in the pipeline and I am against the Honour the Treaties tour. The pipeline creates more jobs and wealth, it accounts for a large part of Canada's oil, and I believe Neil Young should not have a say regarding this situation.
Firstly, inserting the new pipeline would create new jobs and generate more wealth in Alberta. In 2012, approximately 121,500 people were employed due to the oil sands, oil and gas, and mining industries. In 2012 to 2013 the royalties from the oil sands were 3.56 billion dollars. It is said that the new pipeline would create many more jobs and generate 17 billion dollars in royalties and taxes. These royalties help fund health education and other public services for Albertans. I believe that developing the oil sands and inserting the new pipeline, will create more jobs for Albertans and generate more money to help fund public services.
Secondly, the Athabasca Oil Sands account for a large part of Canada's oil. These oil sands account for 98% of Canada's oil. Since there is limited pipeline, Alberta and Canada are not receiving the best value of oil. The production of crude oils has increased in areas of North America, and there is limited pipeline to carry the oils to new markets. Therefore, if the new pipeline is inserted, it can create better pricing and value for Canada and also carry oil to new markets.
Lastly, I do not believe in the Honour the Treaties tour that Neil Young performed. He performed this tour to raise awareness for the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta. Neil young lived in Canada from 1945 to 1966. In 1966 he then moved to California. This means that he has not lived in Canada for almost 50 years. This makes me believe that he should not have a say in what happens in Canada because he does not even live here. What happens in Alberta does not even affect him, so why should he have a say in it? Why should people listen to him?
All in all, I believe in the pipeline because it generates more jobs for Albertans and generates more wealth that can go towards public services such as education and health. I do not believe in the Honour the Treaties Tour, because Neil Young has not lived in Canada for almost 50 years, therefore I do not believe that he has a say in what goes on here in Canada.