When it comes to oil pipelines, most B.C. voters get it

While true the Northern Gateway pipeline would export diluted bitumen, the same is not true for Kinder Morgan TransMountai pipeline.

I don’t know how many people have noticed the latest report on the extinction of the mastodon elephant. Erroneous belief was that it was hunted to extinction some 12,000 years ago. The real reason for the extinction of the masodon is that they froze to death due to climate change.

This brings up two questions: When did climate change start? When did climate change stop?

There has been no change in the world’s temperature for the last 18 years. Canada’s contribution to carbon dioxide is only two per cent of the world’s output, including the oil sands.

As India and China become more industrialized, and more cars and trucks become the norm, our two-per-cent contribution will shrink even further.

While it is true that the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline would export diluted bitumen to our tidal waters and return the dilutes back to the oil sands in a return pipeline, the same is not true for the Kinder Morgan TransMountain oil pipeline.

The existing Kinder Morgan pipeline has operated safely for more than 60 years and the company proposes to twin this pipeline with refined oil from the existing oil refineries on the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton. There is no connection between the two oil pipelines.

The result of the last B.C. provincial election proves that most B.C. voters get it. A handful of radicals on Burnaby Mountain will not change the facts.

Fred Perry, Surrey

Surrey North Delta Leader

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