August 30, 2013 By Chris Genovali
Given the intense influence of climate on the natural environment, as formal interveners in the Northern Gateway federal review process, we at Raincoast Conservation Foundation were disconcerted that climate change was not considered in the Enbridge Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment (ESA). The proposed Northern Gateway project would see a 1,170-kilometre twin pipeline constructed from Alberta’s tarsands to the north coast of British Columbia, where very large crude carriers (VLCC) would ship diluted bitumen to offshore markets in China and the United States.
According to the journal Nature, “Canada’s tarsands stand out in a ranking of total greenhouse gas emissions associated with different types of oil.”
Moreover, in light of the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, this oversight, deliberate or unintended, is more dismaying by the day…
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