Pipeline protesters not against prosperity

Re: Enbridge protest shortsighted (Letters, Jan. 2)

Re: Enbridge protest shortsighted (Letters, Jan. 2)

The writer holds the belief that the economy in B.C. is dependent on resource extraction without considering that the protesters of the pipelines are not against prosperity, but only against damage to the globe caused by the emissions created by the extraction, shipping and ultimate use of the gas and oil.

I feel that the “lasting and prolonged consequences” of the use of the petroleum and fracked gas are hard to reverse, and instead wish the opportunity for employment would come from less-damaging ways to get the energy which the world needs.

Last year, Germany set a world record for solar energy power covering over 30 per cent of all electricity demand.

That’s the equivalent of 20 huge conventional fossil or nuclear power plants.

Surely the expertise now working in the gas and oil industries in Canada could utilize their expertise in ways which would not damage the globe, and in the process would provide employment which we so desperately need.

Other countries are similarly developing and utilizing non-emission methods of producing energy.

So for the writer of the letter who thinks that we who protest the pipelines and fracking businesses and shipping raw logs out of our province without considering struggling British Columbians, please reconsider this thinking, because we are thinking up specific, achievable solutions to the environmental problems we have all created with our chosen lifestyles.

We do not want the severe weather events caused by global warming to completely destroy the lives of people all over the world because we insist that our extraction businesses are the only way to save our economy.

Carolyn Herbert




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