In the minds of nineteenth century thinkers in good old traditional Maritime seats of power, nature doesn't enter into the conversation; fantastical pipe dreams dominate. But here's the niggling nightmare no one in those towers notices: what will be dead in the corresponding water that will carry hundreds of tankers of bitumen (thicker and more deadly) through fertile feeding grounds are marine species--a disaster waiting to happen, just like Exxon Valdez was. Quebec had its beluga whale calfing grounds that stopped the port going there. There's "an elephant in the Energy East board room" as well, too. It's the endangered species of whales that take their sustenance from the krill that live in the waters of the entrance to the Bay of Fundy. Increasing tanker traffic will inevitably lead to whales deaths. But wait, there's more: sea plants, lobster, scallops, clams, fisheries--a traditional cornucopia of seafood since time immemorial when the Mi'k maq spent their summers fishing along these shores--now a billion plus dollar economy with thousands of communities receiving real wages to make sure it keeps flowing sustainably.
Why aren't the Irvings lobbying for this? They could become even richer if they lead the march to what we really must have--declining global warming, protected waters and lands, a reduction in income inequality through the thousands of permanent clean and free electromagnetic energy jobs a low carbon economy would demand. Are they too entrenched in linear thinking to see what the Rockefellers and economists like Jeff Ruben have already acknowledged--that fossil fuels are deader than they've ever been and that's not a whale of a lie. Energy East will be stopped, just like Northern Gateway will. Let the archaic managers in the viscous boardrooms of the fossil fuel industries stick to sticky tunnel thinking ship it by rail until the next Megantic and then maybe the public outcry will deafen the deaf ears of the corporate boardrooms. Get to work and give us clean renewables and divergent thinking to dig us out. Now THAT would be a"real change" from the mouth of "He's ready."
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