Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Canada approves controversial Kinder Morgan oil pipeline

From the Guardian - Justin Trudeau blocks Northern Gateway pipeline through rain forest - infrastructure will help exports reach Asia and reduce reliance on US

"Canada has approved Kinder Morgan Inc’s hotly contested plan to twin a pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific coast, setting up a battle with environmentalists who helped elect the prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

The Liberal government, seeking to balance demands from both greens and the energy industry, said allowing Kinder Morgan to build a second pipeline next to its existing Trans Mountain line will help ensure oil exports reach Asia and reduce reliance on the US market.

Pointing to efforts to impose a minimum price on carbon emissions and plans to phase out coal-fired electricity, Trudeau said his government had begun the shift towards an economy based on clean energy. “But we also know that this transition requires investment and that this will not happen overnight,” he added. “I’ve said many times that there isn’t a country in the world that would find billions of barrels of oil and leave it in the ground while there is a market for it.”

Trudeau also said the government would block Enbridge Inc from building its Northern Gateway pipeline from the oil sands to the Pacific coast. He has long opposed the project, which would run through a rain forest.

Enbridge, however, will be allowed to replace the Canadian segments of its ageing Line 3 from Alberta to Wisconsin. The proposed upgrade had been less controversial than the Northern Gateway project."

The full article can be read here.

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