Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s fight against British Columbia’s efforts to stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project ignores the pipeline’s negative impact on First Nations and Canada’s ongoing efforts at reconciliation with First Nations.
Indigenous-led Tiny House Warriors are building homes in the path of the Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline to protest the project, which would increase the flow of Alberta tar sands to the Vancouver coast from the current 300,000 barrels a day to 890,000.
One of the key faulty assumptions underlying Canada’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline is that Alberta’s bitumen is being unfairly discounted by U.S. buyers and that its price can be maximized by getting it to Asian markets.
Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York just revealed that October 2016 was “the second warmest October in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures.” Even more alarming is the fact that the last three Octobers are the warmest on record.
Dozens of students from around Canada were arrested on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, while protesting Kinder Morgan’s proposed $5.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The protest was the largest act of youth-led climate civil disobedience in Canadian history.