Hearings into the Northern Gateway project open today.
The Northern Gateway is an Enbridge pipeline proposed to run from northern Alberta’s oilsands to Kitimat, British Columbia, where a new deep-water port will allow export of Canada’s black gold all over the world, but especially to China and India.
The line will be a double pipe, each 1,177km long, one flowing West with rich Albertan oilsands goodness, the other East with condensate that will be used to send more oil West. Enbridge estimates the Northern Gateway will move 525,000 barrels of oil per day.
The Northern Gateway does not cross an international border and is designed to move Canadian oil to a Canadian port for export for the good of Canada’s economy.
And that’s where the trouble starts.
Needless to say, every environmentalist worth his or her salt is against this project. Because it’s oil, and oil is bad. Never mind that the modern world cannot manage without it and is significantly better off buying ethical oil from Canada than from stone-age theocracies who stone chicks for kicks.
Hippies are feeling pretty good after stalling the Keystone XL pipeline which would move Albertan oil to refineries in the US, and now they want to block the pipeline West to Kitimat. They wish to deny Canada the ability to exploit its natural resources. And make no mistake about it, at an estimated $72-billion, this project is worth a lot to Canada.
But many of the protesters have no standing in the matter. They are not Canadian, but are funding Canadian useful idiot front groups to hide their interference in domestic affairs. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver did not mince words about the agenda of these radical groups:
Unfortunately, there are environmental and other radical groups that would seek to block this opportunity to diversify our trade. Their goal is to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth.
No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No more hydro-electric dams.
These groups threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda. They seek to exploit any loophole they can find, stacking public hearings with bodies to ensure that delays kill good projects. They use funding from foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada’s national economic interest.
They attract jet-setting celebrities with some of the largest personal carbon footprints in the world to lecture Canadians not to develop our natural resources. Finally, if all other avenues have failed, they will take a quintessential American approach: sue everyone and anyone to delay the project even further.
It’s nice to see a government unafraid to tackle the meddling hippies who would wreck our economy. The Prime Minister has also mentioned his concern about the 4300 individuals and groups who have registered to have their say in the Northern Gateway project.
Ezra Levant trawled the list of those wishing to testify and discovered that Venezualuan thug Hugo Chavez’s CITGO is on the list, as is the movie pirate Jack Sparrow and a fellow called ‘caveman’. Which about sums up the deep thinking of pipeline opponents.
For Canadians who want to see the approval process kept Canadian, OurDecision.ca details the foreign firms, foundations and activists funding green front groups, like the Pembina Environmental Foundation:
It keeps an office in Alberta, but it got paid $2.8 million from American billionaires to fight against Canada’s resource industry and our jobs. The Pembina is the name of a Canadian river; with this mighty flow of foreign funds, this group should change its name.
The modern world runs on oil, no matter how much the radical greens wish it didn’t, and Canada will sell its oil, no matter how much radical greens don’t want us to.
That’s just an inconvenient truth.