LETTER: Oil industry puts the planet at risk

When we have a spill on our coast, no money will be able to reverse the damage

Dear Editor:

This letter is to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (and all of our politicians) in regards to their insistence and that of Alberta that it is in the best interests of Canada for B.C. to allow the oil industry to risk our coastline for their benefit.

We all know how the oil industry, like the tobacco industry, covered up the damage being done for as long as I’ve been on earth, which is 65 years.

We can all see the terrible weather events happening and each year getting more frequent and more intense.

We now know how the planet is covered in plastic.

Lately we had a horrendous accident between an oil tanker and another ship where a million gallons of poison was dumped in the ocean.

I don’t hear anyone in the media talking about the death toll in that event other than the death of the people. Millions of creatures probably, maybe billions.

Don’t forget the BP oil disaster. Last I heard, $10 billion to cap and you’re setting aside $1.5 billion for clean-up — of taxpayer money, not the oil company’s.

When we have a spill on our coast, no money will be able to reverse the damage.

The last point in this is that they are starting to eliminate the need for human workers with AI technology. So exactly how is any of this in the best interest of Canada or any other country? Sounds like the destruction of our beautiful planet will as usual only benefit the one per cent.

B.C. has been trying to protect our coast from the oil industry for years and should continue.

It’s time Alberta found another way to sustain its economy. They might not care about the mess they have made in their province, but we care about ours.

Claudia Evans

Summerland

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