If one were to judge the editorial view of most newspapers, it is evident that they are opposed to any kind of extension or expansion of the movement of petroleum throughout anywhere in Canada – for any reason whatsoever.
In my humble opinion, though, I tend to agree, but for far different reasons.
I think that such companies and groups as the NEB, Kinder Morgan, Enbridge and myriad other supporting industries in the petroleum milieu, should shut down all activities for the time being (it’s not like the oil is going anywhere, anyway) and await the outcome of the American election, to see if the Republicans get in (although Democrats are of like mind, possibly).
The price per barrel being what it is, the commodity is likely to be more profitable a couple years from now.
At such time, when fuel becomes more dear, the groups in opposition to these pipelines will begin to see the advantage of having it at our doorstep.
And when the environmentalists and others begin to notice the price shooting up because of scarcity, and the disappearance of proposed benefits doled out to these groups via payoffs, they will begin to wonder why they were such idiots.
When the lights and other hydro-driven industries begin to shut down, because of the loss of Site C on the Peace River, there will likely be some regrets.
There will be no more dancing of multicultural jigs, Bohemian rants or smoking of sweet grass when the product and its profits are going south through the Great Plains and shipped to the world markets through the Gulf of Mexico. “Oh Iago, the pity of it!”
Larry Bennett, Burnaby
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