I was shocked and saddened to read that Alberta energy minister Sonya Savage wants to capitalize on COVID-19 restrictions to force through the Trans-Mountain pipeline.
For readers who have not seen Minister Savage’s comments, she said, “Now is a great time to be building a pipeline because you can’t have protests of more than 15 people. … Let’s get it built.” While most of us are concentrating on how to deal with this pandemic with as little harm to Canadians as possible, she sees it as an opportunity to ram through her environmentally disastrous vision.
No matter how we slice it, it will take a while to bounce back from the economic shockwave delivered by COVID-19. Rather than throw more money at projects that will hasten environmental disaster, the recovery package from the federal government must focus on investing in renewable energy projects and projects aimed at making the most efficient use of that energy. The recovery package should also focus on retraining workers currently working for the oil industry.
If Canada is serious about meeting climate targets, the recovery package must reflect that seriousness. It is sickening that Minister Savage hopes to capitalize on the restrictions put in place to keep us healthy in order to to impose the outdate and environmentally damaging Trans-Mountain pipeline.