Council of Canadians Celebrates End of Energy East Pipeline

“For all of our sakes, Kinder Morgan, Line 3, Line 10 and Keystone XL (tar sand pipelines) must face the same fate.” – Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson, Council of Canadians

Posted October 5th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

The Council of Canadians is celebrating the cancellation of the Energy East pipeline project and is available for comment.

“The end of Energy East shows that extreme energy projects are part of our past not our future,” says Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson with the Council of Canadians. “For all of our sakes, Kinder Morgan, Line 3, Line 10 and Keystone XL must face the same fate.”

The Council has been organizing to stop Energy East since the first day it was announced. The opposition of communities and organizations has played a decisive role in halting the controversial project.

An Afterword from Doug Draper, environment writer/publisher, Niagara At Large –

The cancellation of the Energy East pipeline is one more sign that the writing is in the sky for dirty oil in Canada and all over the world, despite any and all efforts by knuckle-dragging climate deniers like Donald Trump and a majority in the caucus of Canada’s Conservative Party to drag us back to coal and tar mining, ‘drill baby drill’ days of the last century.

Keep a close eye on the business pages of major newspapers and magazines in Canada and the United States, and you learn that even countries like China and India – long vilified as major sources of climate altering pollutants – are moving rapidly forward with solar, wind and other green energy technologies that will make them the leading energy powers (and, therefore, leading financial and industrial powers) on the planet by the middle of this century.

Canada’s last Tory government, under Stephen Harper, kept the country stuck, up to the neck,, in the tar sands for more than a decade, and still struggling to get out.

Older Canadians and Americans may not care as much as younger ones do because those of us over the age of 60 may not be around, but imagine what economic and environmental hardships younger generations will face if our countries can’t find the vision and will to be green energy leaders?

So rather than react the way federal Tories and their corporate masters in the petro-chemical industry are today, with prophecies of doom for Canada, let’s join Maude Barlow and the Council of Canadians in celebrating the death of this tar sands pipe project as another opportunity to  choose a greener path to a healthier, more prosperous present and future generations of people on this continent.

To find out more about the Council of Canadians and the advocacy work of this nation-wide network of citizens, click on – https://canadians.org/ .

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One response to “Council of Canadians Celebrates End of Energy East Pipeline

  1. This will put many knickers in a twist, make the big money boys bring out their hankies, give political opponents fits of pseudo righteous anger and temporarily cost jobs, but why not look at the pluses? Those by far outnumber the negatives and the effects will be much longer lasting, maybe even eternal in the life of our planet. The most obvious is the environment which will suffer both from the construction and from possible accidents. Invest the billions that would have been spent building the pipeline, a potential environmental disaster waiting to happen, into development of clean energy alternatives, including re-education of oil field workers in new technologies so they will have a bright future….safer, cleaner and eventually just as lucrative if not more so.

    Change is always frightening to us reticent human beings and involves temporary hardship but these things must be borne if we are ever to achieve progress. Why not become a leader in clean energy instead of selling off our resources and leaving pristine regions of Canada looking like Hiroshima and wiping out the native flora and fauna? Why not trade technology with China and Europe who are currently at the forefront? That would mean cash and jobs for Canadians if we were to get our foot in the door early.There are so many options in a land the size of Canada – hydro, wind, solar, geothermal and tidal. Why are we not utilizing them? Oh yeah, I forgot, money in the hand NOW instead of looking at the future repercussions. We would be stupid not to realize that progress is the future and status quo is the past? That’s just common sense.

    It is more and more evident that this is the ideal time to sever a few umbilical chords to the US. We don’t have to follow the current administration with their stupid, antiquated obsession with coal and other fossil fuels. They ARE knuckle draggers and are currently determined to revise NAFTA, no doubt to their benefit, so we should be smart and go elsewhere. Plenty of nations would be only too happy to deal with us and to do so with fairness. For once, let others eat our dust as we leap ahead technologically. At least Gerry Brown and a few other Governors and mayors are ignoring the climate deniers. This is one victory. Let’s create a few more. Power to the people.

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