There have been two great opportunities since our last newsletter for Canada’s leaders to show they “get it” on resources and energy.
First was the meeting of premiers in St. John’s NL, which they wrapped up by issuing what was billed as a national energy strategy.
It recognizes that resources should be “developed responsibly and with a focus on environmental protection and performance, and addressing climate change” and includes other good resource sector news.
But, alas, there is absolutely no push for speedy action. There is nothing even remotely approaching urgency.
A NEED FOR URGENCY
This lack of urgency is exactly the reason our executive director, Stewart Muir was in Halifax this past week at a gathering of Canada’s energy and mining ministers.
As we note in a special report on our website, they joined together to underline the urgent need for exports of oil and natural gas.
They also made it clear in their news release that advancing energy infrastructure “is fundamental to gaining access to new markets, generating economic growth and revenue for critical social programs.”
The average person is still unaware of what is being risked by an unrepresentative minority viewpoint preventing the broad majority from preserving the Canadian way of life.
This is why coordinated action is needed today, and why every indication of support for the Resource Works mission is so important.
And this is why we are asking you to sign our petition in saying YES to LNG
SIX THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
Before to his successful trip to Halifax, Stewart wrote a blog post with six things to think about during the conference given the new energy strategy set out by Canada’s premiers.
He concluded with this: “We need more than platitudes. A full-scale social movement is required to ensure that authentic public voices are heard.”
Canada needs energy decisions and pipelines now, not more committees and studies and plans to “explore options” as the premiers propose.
PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR SITE C
Check out this interesting infographic showing growing support for Site C, Click the picture for more on this story.
IN THE NEWS
- Column: Have-not provinces holding oil hostage
- #BC negotiating nine more #LNG agreements—minister Rich Coleman
- Video: #LNG gives First Nations opportunity. “Let’s grab it."
- Pipeline tunnel under Burnaby Mtn "poses no risk."—SFU expert
ABOUT RESOURCE WORKS
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