As a consumer, I want lower gas prices. There is no evidence that twinning the KM pipeline will reduce prices at the pump.
The ONLY thing that determines the price at the pump, is how badly the oil companies want to gouge us. We have demonstrated repeatedly that regardless of how high the price goes....we will continue to buy it.
If I were in their shoes, why would I willingly lower my profit?
A pipeline won't affect the cost, so that is a red-herring in the argument.
I want to be seen as a leader, an innovator, and a progressive nation that looks to the future and is committed to reduce the disastrous effects of climate change and pollution. I can't control how other regimes treat their people or resources, but I have a say in how we treat ours.
Noble, for sure...but the phrase "a drop in the bucket" comes into play.
Here in BC, we represent less than 1% of the world's population, so what we do has little effect, in respect to the big picture. Much like paying a "carbon tax" on my fuel, while we ship coal to China and India....who represent a much bigger piece of the global pie.
The $100 or so of carbon tax that I pay per year will amount to nothing.
The KM expansion will not produce long-term jobs for BC'ians. It threatens our coastline and is a risk that doesn't match the rewards.
The coast will still be threatened if the oil is pipe to Alaska and super-tanker'ed to Asia....
Finally, as a hockey fan, I want the Jets to win the Stanley Cup, but that might just be a pipe dream.
We can agree on that....and it's NOT a pipe dream. After watching them rebound from a 3-0 deficit to win 7 - 4 last night...I believe!