Have your say in the Trans Mountain debate and federal investment in pipelines

This project is too risky for the economy, climate, coast and progress on Indigenous reconciliation

A letter to the editor is a simple and effective way to raise the important issue of federal investment in the Trans Mountain pipeline in the media where you live.

The editorial pages are among the most-read sections of a newspaper, so a published letter can make a real impact.

Share your views and help us reach our goal of 100 published letters to the editor, with at least one from each province and territory.

Speaking points:

  • Introduce yourself (i.e., I’m a mother, student, kayaker, scientist, new Canadian, etc.) and explain why this issue is important to you.
  • The global market for fossil fuels is shrinking. Investors have withdrawn about $6 trillion to date from fossil fuel projects globally. This makes major investments in this sunset industry a risky prospect, especially for Canadian taxpayers.
  • A strong majority of Canadians cares about addressing the climate crisis and leaving our children a safer, more prosperous societyWe can do this by modernizing our economy and seizing Canada’s unparalleled opportunity to be a global leader on renewable energy.
  • The global transition to a clean energy economy is already underway at a rapid pace. Investing in oil sands at this stage is like being the last one to invest in Blockbuster as Netflix emerges.
  • I don’t support public money funding a project that hinders our ability to meet our climate commitments under the Paris Agreement. Science tells us that to adhere to Paris targets and prevent a climate catastrophe, we need to keep most of our fossil fuel deposits in the ground.
  • I believe in the importance of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline ignores Canada’s commitment to uphold the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as it lacks free, prior and informed consent from key Indigenous groups along the pipeline and tanker-traffic routes.
  • The Trans Mountain pipeline would cross more than 500 streams in the Fraser River watershed, one of the world’s greatest salmon-producing rivers, and threaten already depleted salmon stocks, including the chinook, which are critically important for resident orcas.
  • Oil spills in marine environments always cause extensive damage, and best case scenarios show that just 10 to 15 per cent of spilled oil is ever recovered. Unfortunately, the National Energy Board chose not to hear this evidence during its project review.
  • Instead of investing in this risky pipeline, I’d rather see the federal government support __________________(fill in the blank).

 

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