US Pipeline Route Landowners “Selfish”
From the west coast of Canada, columnist Craig McInnes shares his opinion that landowners along the proposed routes of tar sands pipelines are “selfish” because they don’t want to shoulder the risk of losing their livelihoods to a catastrophic spill. Apparently, China and India’s energy needs should trump any local concerns, as well as climate impacts.
The idea that leaving Canadian oil in the ground rather than selling it to energy-hungry customers somehow benefits the world makes no sense to (China, India, and other developing countries), even if it is being done in the name of fighting climate change. It just seems selfish.
Well, let’s share around the altruism. If landowners must give up their rights and the boreal forest laid waste to produce energy for Asia, surely TransCanada will be willing to sell its product at cost to help out our energy-deprived Asian neighbors, right? Because it’s all about love, not loonies, right?
I thought not.