They want us to instead move it through communities using trucks and rail posing a much larger hazard to the lives of everyone living along these routes and traveling the highways. They want us to use transportation methods that create much more pollution and green house emissions than would ever be created using pipelines.
They claim that the benefit is only for the corporate executives and shareholders but the risk is to all of us. The financial benefit to corporations may be true but when is the last time they looked at the stocks held by their own retirement plan and thought about were these funds are coming from? So are they benefiting? More than likely they are. The financial benefits will also go towards government revenue and allow taxes to be offset by this revenue stream. Local communities will benefit through rights of passage for the pipelines, employment creation, ongoing spending by the corporations and employees in the communities.
Legacies will also be created for our children as more revenue for both the corporations and government will allow for increased spending on alternative energies. Not to mention the research and development grants for new energies and environmental issues to our colleges and universities.
Wildlife and pristine wilderness will be placed at risk but lets count the actual wildlife fatalities resulting from oil spills and accidents resulting from tankers and pipelines each year. Now let's compare that to the number of tree hugging activists hospitalized each year resulting from riding their bikes with no helmets on. not to mention the costs to the public for the healthcare related costs of these preventable bike accidents. No corporation is going to be held to account for these costs yet if a spill or leak was to happen in relation to petroleum products, these corporations would be liable for the damages and to pay the associated costs for clean up and restoration of the land affected.
The rights of the First Nations may be at risk but these are not really the concerns of the environmentalists. This is a legitimate issue and one that must be settled between the First Nations and the other parties directly involved. This direct and open level of communication can allow for concerns to be addressed at all levels and a satisfactory resolve for everyone.
It is time that the environmentalists actually sat back and took a look at all aspects of the issues instead of being so narrow minded and ignorant of the facts and reality. It is progress and development which will help our environment in the long term. Look at Boeing for example. they have a 747 which when at 70% of passenger capacity, is more fuel efficient than a two passenger automobile. Progress and profits of corporations have allowed this research and concepts to make this a reality. So you need to say yes to the pipelines being proposed throughout North America and let's all work together for real solutions.
These are my personal opinions and should not be mistaken as a paid endorsement for any company or project. I love our great country and the majestic beauty we enjoy. I also like the ability to see profits that allow for research and development in addition to benefiting our communities and future generations. let's not forget that the planet has survived as long as it has with the oil beneath the ground. The planet and eco-systems will survive long after the human race.
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