Bonokoski: We need eth­i­cal oil

And like it or not, pipe­lines are part of the so­lu­tion

Calgary Sun - - NEWS - Mark BONOKOSKI mark­bonokoski@gmail.com @Mark­Bonokoski

It is time to re­open the de­bate on the

En­ergy East pipe­line.

Denis Coderre, the for­mer Lib­eral cab­i­net min­is­ter whose ego made him feel like he was at the top of the heap of en­ti­tled pro­gres­sives, is no longer the mayor of Mon­treal.

He got bounced in the

2017 elec­tion by one-term coun­cil­lor Va­lerie Plante.

So, he’s out of the pic­ture. Re­mem­ber Coderre? Well, to re­fresh your mem­ory with an un­re­fresh­ing flash­back, he was the man who thought it hunky-dory to dump 4.9-bil­lion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River a few years back so Mon­treal could re­pair a 30-kilo­me­tre stretch of its toi­let tub­ing.

Yes, that guy.

Denis Le Merde.

He turned the St. Lawrence into a sep­tic tank.

Any­how, while our wan­der­lust prime min­is­ter, Justin Trudeau, was hun­kered down in Ot­tawa Sun­day with Al­berta’s NDP Premier Rachel Not­ley and her not-so-friendly NDP coun­ter­part in Bri­tish Columbia, John Hor­gan, to find a way to get oil­sands bi­tu­men to tide­wa­ter on the west coast via Kinder Mor­gan’s Trans Moun­tain pipe­line ex­pan­sion, the dirt­i­est and prici­est oil in the world con­tin­ues to ar­rive at Canada’s East Coast.

Those Irv­ing Oil re­finer­ies have no other choice, of course, if they ex­pect to keep up with a de­mand for which there is no al­ter­na­tive.

If folks want to fire up their half-tonnes or even their hy­brids, haul their goods to mar­ket, get food into gro­cery stores, heat their homes in places where nat­u­ral gas is not avail­able and global warm­ing has not yet turned Tuk­toy­ak­tuk into the trop­ics, as well as get their kids to hockey prac­tice, et cetera, et cetera, green en­ergy is not go­ing to do it.

Gaso­line and diesel fuel will do all those afore­men­tioned tasks, and they will be do­ing this for decades to come.

We are not even close yet to an al­ter­na­tive to fos­sil fu­els. We are de­pen­dent on oil. Years ago, a man rarely men­tioned any­more in main­stream me­dia (Ezra Le­vant), got a lot of mileage out of pitch­ing the thought of so­called “eth­i­cal oil” when he had a show on the nowde­funct Sun News tele­vi­sion.

“Eth­i­cal oil” is de­scribed as not com­ing from coun­tries where hu­man rights are tram­pled, where ter­ror­ism is spon­sored, where democ­racy doesn’t ex­ist, where women are chat­tels, where gays are per­se­cuted and mur­dered, and where ex­e­cu­tions with­out tri­als are pub­lic en­ter­tain­ment.

So, based on all the above, I would rather have the “eth­i­cal oil” of much-cheaper oil­sands bi­tu­men be­ing re­fined to fire up my ag­ing Jeep than the ex­pen­sive crude that comes via ocean tankers from Saudi Ara­bia, Iraq, Iran, Nige­ria and what­ever other hellish source it comes from.

I would rather see my gas money go­ing to sup­port the rest of my fel­low Cana­dian tax­pay­ers than feed the cof­fers of ter­ror­ist and butch­ers like ISIS, the Tal­iban, al-Qaida, Boko Haram — (name your ter­ror group.)

And then there is this. If Tran­sCanada had not been thwarted at ev­ery turn by the Trudeau Lib­er­als, leav­ing it to give up on the En­ergy East pipe­line, the chance of an­other Lac Me­gan­tic would di­min­ish to the point of non-ex­is­tence.

Un­like rail cars, pipe­lines do not move and do not blow up.

To the 47 who per­ished in Lac Me­gan­tic in 2013 when their small Que­bec town be­came an in­ferno af­ter a run­away fuel train de­railed and ex­ploded, it would have made a world of dif­fer­ence.

Do not dis­miss the fi­nal cries they made.

Politi­cians need to stop putting the per­sonal pol­i­tics of self-servi­tude first, and fi­nally do what is right for our na­tion’s econ­omy and its fu­ture fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity.

The turn­ing point is now.

JUSTIN TANG/THE CAnA­diAn Press

B.C. Premier John Hor­gan, left, meets with Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and Al­berta Premier Rachel Not­ley in Trudeau’s of­fice on Par­lia­ment Hill Sun­day.

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