Re: Tanker debate sinks to new low (B.C. Views, May 9)
With all due respect to the good people who articulated with great passion their concerns about the Gateway pipeline project, please consider that there is a valid reason why the Gateway project must succeed: it will be good for Canada.
Canada is an exporting nation. If we don’t export we will have a decline in revenues for our government and that will affect our ability to fund a myriad of our social programs. Some say just export our oil to the United States and ban all the tankers. This is just plain stupid because we will be putting all our eggs into one basket.
Imagine if one enterprise just had one customer. That customer would hold the whip-hand and when they say, “Jump,” we would say, “How high, sir?”
Some say the U.S. needs our oil. Nonsense, there is tons of oil within easy tanker reach to the U.S. from Venezuela, Nigeria, and now Brazil has discovered a massive oil deposit off their coast. The U.S. only wants our oil secured in case of emergency – their emergency.
When the Gateway pipeline finally gets the green light we will then be able to export our oil to Japan, Korea and China and have some financial independence.