March 25, 2013

Talking clean energy at the West Coast Oil Pipeline Summit

Vancouver Aerial by ecstaticistPhoto by ecstaticist via Flickr

British Columbians are waging a battle against two pipelines and a prospective future that puts at risk much of what we hold dear. There is a huge opportunity in this crisis, however, to supercharge our people power and fight not just for our rights, the environment, and democracy in BC, but to impact the course of future energy use in Canada and abroad.

Especially with the upcoming provincial election, the time is now to get British Columbians talking seriously about a clean energy direction for the future that helps us avoid oil sands expansion and a six-degree increase in global average temperature.

To help facilitate that, an amazing panel of speakers will be heading the West Coast Oil Pipeline Summit and gala dinner on April 19th. Amongst them, Mayor Gregor Robertson whose team at the City of Vancouver has been very outspoken against Kinder Morgan's pipeline and tanker expansion plans; Tzeporah Berman, environmental activist; City of Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan; and Chief Justin George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, who are directly across from the pipeline terminus at the Chevron refinery in Burnaby.

Say yes to beautiful BC. Say no to Kinder Morgan and oil sands expansion.

West Coast Oil Pipeline Summit & Gala Dinner
April 19th, 3pm to midnight
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver
More info and registration at

Comments (2)

I agree that we need to find alternative sources of energy but we also need to fuel the needs of society. All this must be done in a cost effective manner. If you were to look at the Alaska pipeline, you will find that the largest spills were cause by vandalism and not a failure of the pipeline itself. With that I would like to see an alternative but of the two proposals, I want a pipeline over expanded shipping. (i.e. Exxon Valdez) If there were more affordable options I would entertain the possibilities also.

Nashville | April 1, 2013

Definitely. Other countries, like Denmark and Germany, are far ahead of us with uptake of alternative energy sources like wind and solar. While we need to continue using fossil fuels while we transition away from them being our primary energy sources, there’s two things we can do to make alternative energy more affordable. (I don’t know the statistics but it has become more affordable in recent years.) We can 1) redirect the 1.4 billion dollars the Canadian government provides annually in subsidies to oil companies toward sustainable energy alternatives; and 2) tax oil companies the way Norway does and apply those taxes to the same, along with other energy-saving measures like transit infrastructure and high-speed rail.

I certainly fear an ocean spill more than one on land, but if the pipeline gets built, economics say exporting makes high profits than refining on our own shores, which has its own toxic consequences. We have to put more efforts and money into alternatives now, before it’s too late.

Erika | April 1, 2013




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