LETTER: Pushing planet to irreversible tipping point

I can’t be the only Abbotsford citizen who feels the shame of hypocrisy as I read that our city supports ...

I can’t be the only Abbotsford citizen who feels the shame of hypocrisy as I read that our city supports exponential growth of an industry directly responsible for pushing our planet to an irreversible tipping point, while we smugly apply the profits from that same industry to make our lives more comfortable and our city more sustainable.

Allowing Kinder Morgan to triple its export capacity from 300,000 to 900,000 barrels a day enables a growing global dependence on the fossil fuels we desperately need to transition away from. What good is a livable, walkable Abbotsford while the rest of the planet, including the Fraser Valley, spirals toward a future where forests burn, oceans die, ecosystems crash, and millions of people starve?

PM Trudeau said “governments issue permits, but communities give permission.” Apparently, our mayor and council have given permission on our behalf. Is this the will of the majority?

While the National Energy Board approved the pipeline expansion, it has also suffered a loss of confidence in its process and neutrality. A federally appointed panel is now asking for feedback from Canadians on this proposed project before the federal government makes a final decision.

Abbotsford has, through the new Official Community Plan, made strong commitments to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and develop a more sustainable city. Now it’s time for us to speak out in defence of the rest of the world.

Imagine that, we can act locally, and have a powerful influence globally.

John Vissers

Abbotsford News