The City of Vancouver has just launched a new website to mobilize residents on the Kinder Morgan federal decision expected later this year: http://notworththerisk.vancouver.ca/
This website includes a tool that makes it easy to write a letter to your own Member of Parliament to urge them to stand against Kinder Morgan's pipeline and tanker expansion plans. Councillor Adriane Carr recently submitted her personalized letter to her MP - will you join her?
I am writing to you as a Vancouver City Councillor and resident of Vancouver's West End to urge you to use your influence to persuade the entire Liberal Cabinet to vote "no" to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project.
The Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion project is not worth the risks. Just one large marine oil spill has the potential to devastate the environment and the economy of Vancouver and our entire region.
The risk of a major spill is greatly increased by the proposed seven-fold increase in the number of crude oil tankers moving through the narrow, shallow passage under the Ironworkers' Memorial (Second Narrows) Bridge, and through Burrard Inlet next to our precious Stanley Park and local beaches. One mistake is all it will take.
There are no known technologies that can clean anything but the smallest percentage of spilled oil sands bitumen from marine waters.
I implore you to stay true to the promise you made at the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris--a promise that made me and countless Canadians proud once again of our country's environmental leadership--to not just commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will keep global average temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, but to aim for reductions to keep the rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
You cannot approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal and keep that promise.
Keeping global average temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius--which some scientists are now predicting is not enough to stop the melting of the Greenland ice sheet and sea level rises of 5 to 7 meters--means that we cannot expand tar sands production. It means that we must immediately ramp down our production and consumption of fossil fuels and ramp up investments in energy conservation and renewable energy.
On behalf of my constituents and my children, please say "no" to Kinder Morgan.
Vancouver City Councillor