Who may have won in the ending of the Energy East proposal? Certainly the world did not win since the TransCanada Corp., likely in anticipation of the cancelling, has invested $10.2 billion in a natural gas pipeline in the United States that will carry fossil fuel across that nation.
With the Energy East cancellation, Canada may now approach its commitment to reducing climate change that it made in Paris, while the U.S. may diminish its environmental concern. Protesting the Energy East pipeline achieved part of the goal of decreasing climate change in Canada but will leave ambiguous such other concerns as fuel needs in the Maritime provinces and the EastWest balance in incomes. Protesters must now focus directly on constraining Canadian companies from facilitating oil and natural gas use in the world.
Such a focus ought to be on saving the world from the increasing severity of hurricanes, the rising of sea levels and future harassment that climate change has, mainly on the poor. Stopping pipelines is perhaps easier than narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.