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Trudeau/Notley/Kinder Morgan case against BC fraudulent, argues Rabble’s Linda McQuaig

McQuaig picks apart the “chorus of rage” from business and political ranks over B.C.’s refusal to fall into line.

No 2198 Posted by fw, April 13, 2018

Linda McQuaig

“Then, of course, there’s the matter of climate change; building a new pipeline means we’ll pump more oil, making it harder to reduce our carbon emissions. Weirdly, Trudeau fashions himself as a champion of climate solutions. According to his backflip of an argument, the pipeline is key to an implicit bargain that allows Alberta to get its oil to market, in exchange for Alberta’s support for a carbon tax. Only by pumping more carbon into the atmosphere can we hope to stop climate change — sort of like only by smoking more cigarettes can we hope to stop cancer. Trudeau’s bargain has always seemed full of holes, but perhaps it has taken the Kinder Morgan ultimatum to finally out it as the truly unworkable, fraudulent deal that it is. It’s premised on the notion of compromise, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just that climate change isn’t something you can compromise on.”Linda McQuaig, rabble.ca

Linda McQuaig is an influential journalist and author. A version of this article originally appeared in the Toronto Star.

Below is a repost of her article, including my added subheadings. To read her piece on Rabble’s website, click on the following linked title.

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Kinder Morgan ultimatum reveals fraudulence of Trudeau’s climate deal by Linda McQuaig, rabble.ca, April 12, 2018

Photo: William Chen/Flickr

Ottawa and Alberta’s “inflamed rhetoric” uncalled for  

Last time I checked, Alberta’s oilfields had not been seized by marauding bands of eco-warriors. But you might be confused into thinking so by the inflamed rhetoric coming out of Ottawa and Alberta.

Canada faces a “national crisis” warn fearmongers

We’re told that the country faces a national crisis over the resistance to the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline, following an ultimatum by Houston-based Kinder Morgan that it’s suspending long-stalled building plans unless it’s assured a green light by May 31.

Chorus of rage from business and political ranks

With both Alberta and Ottawa offering full-throttle support for the project, including potential financial backing, a chorus of rage has arisen from the country’s business and political ranks over B.C.’s refusal to fall into line.

“Canada is broken”, “Trudeau is a sissy” insist commentators

Some commentators insist this shows Canada is broken, even implying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a sissy unless he gears up to send in the army to restore the rule of law.

So what precisely has B.C. done that it is trampling on the rule of law?

BC won intervener status in federal court

After hiring the distinguished former B.C. Supreme Court Justice Thomas Berger as a legal adviser, B.C.’s NDP government sought and won intervener status in a federal court case involving the pipeline, and it has announced plans to consult the B.C. public about developing new regulations to protect its environment from oil spills.

These seem like law-abiding measures.

In a legal showdown, Ottawa would win

In a legal showdown, Ottawa would almost certainly win, since it has constitutional power over projects it deems in the national interest.

Why shouldn’t BC test its right to protect its environment?

But without a Supreme Court ruling, it doesn’t seem outrageous for B.C. to test its right to protect its environment.

Why should Texas-based company be allowed to set a deadline for Canada?

Business pundits complain that there’s no time to seek such a ruling since we’re staring at the May 31 deadline. No doubt, Kinder Morgan has shareholders to satisfy, but should the timetable here — given the momentous issues involved — really be driven by the needs of a foreign company?

400 supertankers a year in BC waters pose a devastating oil-spill threat to the region   

The pipeline would dramatically increase oil tanker traffic in the sensitive Burrard Inlet — to more than 400 supertankers a year — risking potentially devastating, long-lasting impacts from an oil spill that put the May 31 deadline in perspective.

Ottawa’s environmental review of Kinder Morgan proposal a “sham” said BC Green Party leader

B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, who holds the balance of power in B.C.’s government, notes that the diluted bitumen travelling through the pipeline from Alberta’s oilsands is more dangerous than regular oil if spilled into water. “It sinks. We cannot clean up a spill,” said Weaver, an internationally recognized climate scientist, in an interview on CBC-TV’s Power and Politics. Weaver, who was part of a team sharing a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, dismissed the scientific review of the Kinder Morgan project carried out by the National Energy Board as a “sham.”

Indigenous people have demonstrated fierce resistance to a pipeline that would go through their territory

Then there’s the fact the pipeline would go through unceded Indigenous territory, where resistance to it has been fierce. Martyn Brown, who was chief of staff to former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell, argues that B.C. should go further and bring in legislation giving Indigenous people shared jurisdiction over environmental protection related to oil spill prevention and cleanups.

In Orwellian doublespeak, Trudeau/Notley’s climate plan is to reduce carbon emissions by increasing them

Then, of course, there’s the matter of climate change; building a new pipeline means we’ll pump more oil, making it harder to reduce our carbon emissions. Weirdly, Trudeau fashions himself as a champion of climate solutions. According to his backflip of an argument, the pipeline is key to an implicit bargain that allows Alberta to get its oil to market, in exchange for Alberta’s support for a carbon tax. Only by pumping more carbon into the atmosphere can we hope to stop climate change — sort of like only by smoking more cigarettes can we hope to stop cancer.

KML’s ultimatum has exposed Trudeau’s pipeline justification for the fraud that it is – you can’t mess with nature

Trudeau’s bargain has always seemed full of holes, but perhaps it has taken the Kinder Morgan ultimatum to finally out it as the truly unworkable, fraudulent deal that it is. It’s premised on the notion of compromise, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just that climate change isn’t something you can compromise on.

In a column in the National PostClaudia Cattaneo expressed outrage over how B.C.’s intransigence is negatively impacting foreign investors, complaining that B.C. “doesn’t seem to grasp the implications of messing with a lawfully approved project.” But she and other business commentators apparently don’t grasp the even bigger implications of messing with nature.

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