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Letter: Driving CO2 belchers to pipeline protest
To the editor:
I made my submission in Kelowna to the Joint Review Panel on the proposed Northern Gateway Project. I presented myself as a typically oil-addicted guy and consequently, an expert.
I carefully addressed each of the panel’s terms of reference and asked their help to get me and the rest of us off the stuff—oil that is.
Since age 16 I have driven trucks, buses, cars and boats powered by internal combustion fossil fuel-burning engines. Most of us have.
I have boarded transcontinental or intercontinental jetliners propelled with fossil fuel; this to see a world of wonders daily affected by pollution from fossil fuel exhaust.
Perhaps one saving grace for this B.C. boy has been all of our ready hydroelectric power. Without it I would, no doubt, have burned much more fossil fuel.
Still, I have also kept warm when it was cold outside using both gas and oil. Wood too, of course.
The contradiction between my opposition to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and my day-to-day reality is perplexing. My Public Service Pension Fund does well in Enbridge shares, demonstrating that ‘if you are not part of the solution there is good money to be made in prolonging the problem.’
Climate change is upon us. Global warming is real. The cause is human activity, especially the release of CO2 into the atmosphere over the past couple of hundred years. Every day the more of us— the more C02.
The incongruity of popular protest and popular behaviour makes for a very sad situation.
As some of us drive to the demonstration against another oil pipeline, we need to reflect upon the words of a 20th century cartoon character named Pogo who said: “ We have met the enemy and he is us.”
Conservation measures coupled with renewable energy options like geothermal, tidal, solar and wind need immense commitment and every contrivance available to advance their development.
The time for short term and half-measures is ended. Something akin to the moral equivalent of war is required.
And the enemy? Again: “he is us.”