Save the Salish Sea is a “must-see” for British Columbians and for people used to thinking of this province in terms of its natural beauty.
“This is one of the most important places in the World to know about and care about Climate change,” begins narrator Eoin Madden, a Climate campaigner from the Wilderness Committee.
“The Salish Sea is poised to become one of the biggest regions for fossil fuel export in the World,” adds his colleague Torrance Coste.
They are referring to the planned increase of oil, coal and natural gas shipments passing out through BC’s ports to Asia. The capacity of coal terminals in North Vancouver, Delta and Surrey are being expanded, so that BC can become the biggest coal exporter in North America. Kinder Morgan wants to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline, from Alberta, so that up to 890,000 barrels of tar sands oil can flow out through BC every year. There are already 80 tankers leaving Vancouver, that number could soon expanded to over 400. Madden said that as a result of these oil shipments, 150 million metric tons of carbon will be released into the atmosphere.But the fossil fuel that BC’s premier, Christie Clark, has really been pumping is natural gas. She believes that BC has a trillion dollar opportunity waiting to be developed.
Clark told reporters that, “What oil has been to Alberta since the 1970s-80s is what LNG is going to be for British Columbia, nothing less than that. Energy output from LNG will likely be as big as the total energy output today from the oilsands.”
The Pembina Institute estimates that if BC proceeds with its plans to develop natural gas, it will soon have a carbon footprint similar to the oilsands. The province is required to cut CO2 emissions to 43 million tonnes a year by 2020, but is likely to produce more than 73 million tonnes if there is extensive LNG development – And that figure does not include additional contributions from the oil or coal sectors!
Most of that of those fossil fuels will pass through the Salish Sea. That has caused alarm among those concerned about the impact a coastal spill could have on British Columbia’s tourist trade and fishing industry.
“For people who live along this body of water, there is going to be a marked difference in the near future,” said Eoin Madden.
Save the Salish Sea is a wake-up for those who are concerned about fossil fuels and the increase of greenhouse gases. It is also a first rate video, that Ramshackle Pictures made for the Wilderness Committee.
“If we can stop this, we will be game changers in the fight against Climate Change,” says Torrance Coste.
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