LETTER: Pipeline is a waste of resources

Need to invest in green technology to provide energy for the future

In regards to Mark Rushton’s editorial, my opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline has nothing to do with the reasons suggested by Mr. Rushton. No, my opposition has nothing to do with bitumen, one of the most toxic substances on the planet.

My opposition has nothing to do with digging a giant ditch across the country. My opposition doesn’t have anything to do with making us look like the world’s second-largest pigs when it comes to environmental stewardship.

My opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline is because it’s a giant waste of resource when it comes to creating our future energy needs. We, the taxpayer are already subsidizing the Alberta Tar Sands, by the amount of $1.2 billion per year.

The most ridiculous part of the whole scheme is, the energy we create isn’t even for us. We are subsidizing Asian energy just to compete, and now we challenged the price so much, we can’t compete. Our natural gas dream will have to be highly subsidized as well, we need a price at least three times higher than being offered by the Russians.

In the meantime, here we go fiddling away while the economy burns. Just look at Alberta, they’ve become so energy dependent, they have to keep the ball rolling. It’s become like a giant pyramid scheme, need more money, to make more money. Alison Redford has seen the writing on the wall and hit the bricks.

So why don’t we all call a giant time out. Let’s start seriously considering the future. The technology and the willpower is now upon us. Let’s take the ball and go with it. There’s new solar technology, such as the solar highway concept, that could produce three times the electricity used in North America. There are hydro kites, there’s incredible new electric car technology, wind mills, and many more new technologies, that are being held back because of no funding or political lobby.

There’s a large group of us out there that believe now is the time to begin a new green technological revolution, a revolution similar to the Industrial Revolution. We believe if man set forth from this day forward, to supply our energy needs and the needs of the planet, and did so in a fashion that was sustainable, and self-funding, that the infrastructure projects like the solar highway would out-economically perform and create more jobs than all the pipelines in the world combined.

In order to mount this massive economic turn around we need a change in government.

Obviously, and I mean that literally, Steven Harper is set to his plan, and he’s not going to change it. He said it himself at the last Conservative Convention, for those that oppose me,”I don’t care.”  Well I do care Mr. Harper, and I am going to do something about it. It’s called vote, and that’s what we all have to do, is vote in 2015.  Vote for whatever party or any independent, you like.  That’s the only way to rid our country of this menace and get back to common sense and the moral obligation of leaving a future to all and nature.

Art Green

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