Spiraling away from the Renewable
by vquach94 on November 28, 2016 - 6:09pm
The Pacific Northwest LNG project was announced in 2013; a $36 billion gas project that’s an extension of the Petronas Company. It would export 19 million tons a year of liquefied gas to markets in Asia, while contributing more than 5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, annually. This project would be beneficial to Canada’s economy and as such, the Liberals have granted approval, alongside the federal government of British Columbia, who has granted conditional approval of the LNG project. Many conditions must be met, such as negotiations made on strategies to ensure that Canada continues to meet international climate commitments. It is expected that with the undertaking of the project, emissions will continue to increase instead of decrease. Despite this, the Environmental and Natural Resources Ministers have gathered to announce the acceptance of this project, thus showing commitment, though approvals are pending for the construction to begin. Environmentalists and First Nations People are strongly against the project due to concerns over climate change and salmon habitats. Indigenous people also feel that the project does not respect their rights. However, conservatives continue to believe that Prime Minister Trudeau needs to make the project a reality, as it’s important for job creation and potential investment within Canada.
I believe this controversial project continues to demonstrate that Canada is a staples economy. The fact that Canada is amongst the top energy producers demonstrates a desire to continue to diversify the markets in having this project extension exported to markets in Asia. Since Canada continues to thrive off exporting energy resources, I believe it is hard to stray away from this pessimistic view in having created a society that makes it difficult to move away from dependency on resources due to consumerism. Furthermore, though the project has the ability to create jobs, it also has ability to take away these jobs when the resource runs dry, recognizing that it is a non-renewable, finite resource. This would in turn have a negative effect on Canada’s economic stability. Inevitably, people don’t change the way they live until failure occurs and forces new change explaining the country’s reluctance to move away from a staples economy. After all, until now it has proven itself effective and beneficial despite obvious drawbacks and negative effects on the environment. Fuel is the preferred energy source due to its reliability, regardless of the available renewable energy sources with less significant environmental impact. The renewable energies “take the back burner” because they do not benefit Canada’s economy and because citizens don’t want to invest money into something that they are unsure of. In the end, without considering benefits to the economy, this project poses a unique opportunity for job injection, ultimately having a positive effect on the lives of Canadian citizens and making them happy. When people are unhappy, negative outcomes such as high crime rates could occur, for example, further demonstrating the importance of job injection. In this article, one can conclude that conflict of values exist due to varying viewpoints on the appropriate ways to protect the environment and salmon. Conflict of interest can arise from a disagreement of who should pay to preserve salmon habitats. Lastly, behavioral conflict exists even though both sides want to slow down climate change and preserve salmon habitat because there is a lack of trust between the Petronas with the indigenous people and environmentalists. I think the best option is to approve the project, but plan ahead for clean up solutions so that the potential environmental impact will not be as large of scale.
Article: The Canadian Press. (2016). Liberal approve controversial natural gas project on B.C coast. https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/09/27/liberals-to-decide-on-lng-plant-in-bc-seen-as-a-litmus-test-for-trudeau.html. Retrieved November 20 2016.