I just sent email to Paul Dewar (my MP), Yasir Naqvi (my MPP), Katherine Hobbs (my City Councillor), Kathleen Wynne (Premier of Ontario), and Jim Watson (Mayor of Ottawa), saying pretty much the following:
I write because pipelines such as that now being proposed by Transcanada are critically linked to climate change in that they represent major infrastructure investments that commit investors to long term dependence on fossil fuel extraction, which in turn feeds climate change.
Players like HSBC, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Munich Re, The World Bank, and the International Energy Agency* have all reminded us in recent months that the issue of climate change means that investment in fossil fuel infrastructure is a false route to profit at a societal level. In the words of the International Energy Agency the course we are currently on “will lead to irreversible and potentially catastrophic climate change.”
The costs as exemplified by the floods in Calgary and Toronto eclipse the job gains and tax revenues.
We must move toward more sustainable energy sources and building more pipelines will delay that move. By constraining the ability of tar sands oil to get to market we have more of a chance of moving away from our dependence on fossil fuels.
I hope the government of Ontario will rethink its support of this pipeline
Thank you for taking the time to consider my views.
I vote for the candidate who takes the strongest stance on climate change action.
You may have different reasons for opposing the pipeline, such as the risk of a dilbit spill and the damage that would cause to the Ottawa watershed. Whatever your argument, if you feel this proposal is a bad idea please do tell your elected officials.
You can also sign Ecology Ottawa’s petition to stop the pipeline by following this link.
*note Dalton McGinty is listed there but he’s been replaced now by John Fraser