The greediness of men could be the downfall of his brothers and nature 

by Eva Castro on December 3, 2017 - 1:43am

 

The greediness of men could be the downfall of his brothers and nature 

The article ''Why BC Is Standing Up to Kinder Morgan '' explains how the extension of the pipeline would be a great move economically speaking but a mistake if we think about mother nature and the indigenous people. The extension would give the opportunity to increase the capacity from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day. This 90 per cent increase has the consequence of reducing the need for new disturbance and minimizes the potential impacts of construction. The article informs us that there are some consequences to this such as the Indigenous groups' displeasure and the potential impacts of this project on the ecology. The article confirms the displeasure of not only seventeen First Nations in BC such as the Squamish but also twenty municipalities including Vancouver and Burnaby who voted against the increased tanker traffic that the pipeline would bring. Since the public is not content, the Trudeau government has taken steps to regain the trust of the people by making promises that are already falling short. The article also recommends a solution such as moving to a post-carbon economy. If we were to go through with this recommendation, we would be doing our part to limit warming to 1.5°C. By doing this we will be saying no to tar sands export pipelines like Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain. This is exactly what the people want and they will stand by their choice. In my opinion the extension of the pipeline is not a risk I would take because of all there is too loose. Even if this project creates a lot of job opportunities to some communities it does not top the responsibility a government should have to protect their ecosystem and the people who live in it. I think that expanding to reach 890,00 barrels per day is not worth all the suffering some animals are going to go through, such as the wails. I don’t believe that we should take the indigenous people's land (again) in order to generate more money because it shows that we have not learn from our past. We are taking away what little they have to satisfy our greed for more oil, more money and more power. I think the solution proposed in the article is a good idea because not only are we limiting the warming to 1.5°C but we are also leaving mother nature and the indigenous people alone. If the government is ready to do whatever it takes to make the extension, what could the Indigenous people ask in return? 

Cayley-Daoust, Daniel. "Why BC is Standing Up to Kinder Morgan." Alternatives Journal, vol. 42, no. 2, 2016, pp. 10, SciTech Premium Collection, https://proquest-crc.proxy.ccsr.qc.ca/docview/1934950194?accountid=44391.