The Great Pipeline Hoax

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WestViking
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The Great Pipeline Hoax

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Have you ever wondered why pipelines are considered a horrible environmental blight in Canada, but nowhere else in the world?

The answer is that Canada cannot market its oil and gas products without pipelines. If vested interests want to keep Canada out of participating in the world petroleum markets, the only have to demonize pipelines, making it impossible to extend or build new pipelines to seaports and domestic markets and the mission is accomplished.

The highly successful environmental push to block Canada’s petroleum industry growth and with it a booming economy, full employment and billions for research into more efficient and effective ways to burn petroleum products more cleanly is a highly successful public relations campaign that has no basis in fact or truth.

It is not the first time we have been hoaxed by industrialists and investors protecting their profits and influence. Consider alcohol advertising prior to our adding up the carnage on our streets when inebriated drivers take the wheel, tobacco advertising before we connected smoking and lung cancer and promotion of a diabetes medication prominent for years until it was linked to deterioration of kidney function.

Advertising (public relations - PR) campaigns are designed to shape our views and thinking. They aim at feelings and sensibilities rather than logic and reason. It is incredible that adults have accepted that 17 year old Greta Thunberg brought important messages on climate change. Are we really that incredibly gullible?

An instinctual hatred of pipelines is a conditioned response to the wider public relations campaign of vilifying carbon products, not because they are harmful, but because we are much more easily manipulated, regulated and taxed if we are convinced that we should be fearful for our future.

As the years pass, and the dire predictions of climate change catastrophe fail to materialize, we realize we have been deceived. That is laden with difficulty. No one will admit that he or she has been hoodwinked.

During the pipeline PR campaign we have seen a variety of indigenous and academic persons interviewed. If we listen carefully, we can identify the PR scripts. The people motivated by the campaign must stay “on script” for the campaign to succeed, hence activists are armed with talking points. One giveaways is that when an activist or academic is asked a question he responds with memorized talking points rather than answer the question.

If you choose to believe that a half-dozen traditional indigenous chiefs in northern British Columbia created the arguments they put forth respecting traditional indigenous sovereignty without spending large sums of money on research, organizing a cross country media campaign to keep their message front and center and have dominated the national and international news outlets for all but the first six days of February, you are welcome to your delusions.

Maintaining a public relations campaign for more than a few days is prohibitively expensive. When something looks suspicious to us, follow the money. Where is the money coming from that drives this PR campaign? Who stand to gain by keeping Canada out of the world petroleum market?

Claims by our government that it is committed to reducing world carbon emissions are rubbish. Our government is complicit in keeping Canada out of the world petroleum market, Canada has no control over petroleum demand and supply.

Developing nations, who outnumber developed nations need energy to grow and prosper. It takes energy to light houses, provide a water supply, pump sewage, build highways and rail networks to move raw and finished goods to market, distribute imports, run mills and factories. Much of that energy comes from coal. Burning diesel or even better, natural gas reduces carbon output.

Like most ideologues, our federal government is hoist on its own petard; Canadian oil and gas can help to reduce carbon emissions overseas by replacing coal plants and our clean technologies can even further reduce harmful industrial emissions. The environmental public relations effort is highly misleading in its zeal to demonize carbon while excluding and ignoring all other emissions.

Carbon dioxide is an odourless, colourless gas that does not cause or contribute to the smog that is choking many cities. Canada’s clean technologies can help to alleviate industrial and public service emissions and reduce smog. However, we need development of our resources to improve and export those technologies.

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That summarizes the problem but what is the answer? None obvious.

First consider oil pipelines. Pipelines to the Maritimes have to pass through Quebec and that's not going to happen. All provincial parties have made it clear: no pipelines. No PM/government will force Quebec, it doesn't matter what is promised in leadership campaigns or elections.

There will be no more pipelines to the west. The coalition of natives, environmentalists and citizens concerned about ocean spills can now delay a project for years, if not decades. It's too expensive to fight the opposition which makes a pipeline uneconomic.

No hope for anything more to the south. Even with a pipeline friendly President, KXL can't get built. US pipelines are also being shutdown. Plus, it is a declining market for Canadian oil.

The hope for natural gas pipelines is no different. The Canadian market is well serviced with no foreseeable need for additional supply. The US demand has fallen through the floor so no pipelines needed to That market. The only chance is LNG. The Coastal GasLink shows the difficulty there and that is strictly BC, no federal involvement. Also, I wouldn't be surprised to see the the plant mothballed. Too many LNG plants chasing too little demand.

Canada missed the bus.

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The only purpose for pipelines in PAYbec is to pump raw sewage into the St. Lawrence.
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WestViking
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The federal government has jurisdiction over all "works" (infrastructure) that connects provinces or connects Canada to foreign nations or is of benefit to two or more provinces. The federal government can also declare that a "work" within a province can be declared a federal work if it is to the benefit of the nation as a whole. Thus a pipeline connecting Alberta to the west coast or east cost can be declared a federal undertaking which provinces cannot block. A refinery can be declared a federal undertaking as it services the nation not just the province it is located in.

All of the rail lines and highways connecting the nation, and those connecting Canada to ports (including inland ports) can come under federal jurisdiction. It follows that the federal government can declare that these federal works are vital to the nation and prohibit any interference with their operations. That would end blockades and strikes that paralyze our economy.

The government has the constitutional powers to bring an end to the mishmash of questionable legal actions and illegal actions that regularly interfere with the good order of our nation. That takes leadership our current government lacks. It is easier to pander to special interests and ignore the people it should be serving.

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The constitutional authority of the feds is not in question. But will any federal government use that power to override Quebec objections? No. Also, much of the constitutional leverage has been diluted by the never ending lawfare that a government can't avoid by overriding the courts.

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One possible way of building pipelines is for Alberta to elect an "independence if necessary but not necessarily independence" party. Present a list of demands that have to be met or else Alberta leaves confederation. Include pipelines in the demands.

Then the feds will have the choice to say no to pipelines and lose Alberta for sure or say yes and maybe lose Quebec. A smart government will play the odds and give in to Alberta.

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The list of subjects in our constitution are not powers the federal government may or may not employ. They are lists of subjects on which the federal government is obliged to provide services. Federal control over and responsibility for interprovincial and international infrastructure is not optional. Successive governments have been derelict in carrying out their constitutional responsibilities but we have allowed them to do so. We have to insist they do their duty instead of pretending they can't stop protesters from blocking rail lines and highways. Can't and won't are different and politicians choose "won't" to evade responsibility.

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