The municipality of Whistler, B.C., is asking the oil and gas industry to pay its “fair share” by chipping in for budget costs related to climate change.
In a letter addressed to Calgarybased Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. dated Nov. 15, Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton said the town’s taxpayers “are paying 100 per cent of the costs” associated with climate change events such as “drought, flooding, and extreme weather.”
He’s asking CNRL to pay in to “the costs of climate change being experienced by Whistler,” including the municipalities’ “$1.4 million investment in community wildfire protection activities” for 2018.
“As a town with a population of less than 15,000 people, this is a significant cost to bear along with costs associated with impacts to winter and summer sports tourism,” he said in the letter.
The request is part of a campaign by West Coast Environmental Law and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities “demanding accountability from fossil fuel companies,” the campaign website reads.
More than a dozen B.C. municipalities dating back to 2017 have sent similar letters to energy companies, including an open letter from the District of West Vancouver.
CNRL was the only Canadian company to receive the Whistler letter, but similar requests for funding from the resort were sent to 19 international producers, including British Petroleum, ExxonMobil, ConoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell and Devon Energy.
A draft of the letter was penned by the resort’s outgoing council before a municipal election on Oct. 20.
Crompton said he acknowledges Whistler “benefits greatly” from tourism dollars from the fossil fuel industry, saying Whistler is not ignoring its own role in climate change but rather encouraging “action on climate change.”
“Our goal was to draw attention to climate change. In no way was our aim to cause anyone to feel unwelcome in Whistler,” he said in a statement.
Tristan Goodman, president of the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, said he understands the issues being raised around climate change, but added singling out companies over a global problem doesn’t seem logical.
He said the letters will likely rankle people who rely on the energy sector and even urged travellers to “reconsider their activities and participation in resorts” who have signed on to the campaign.
“We have to remember most
In no way was our aim to cause anyone to feel unwelcome in Whistler.
of Whistler’s clients are actually driving or coming (there) using fossil fuels … They might want to consider their customer base as they move forward,” Goodman said.
Prasad Panda, UCP energy shadow minister and MLA for Calgary Foothills, said any agreements on private sector climate change funding “is between the companies and the municipalities.”
“If they come to an agreement mutually … beneficial to those communities and the companies’ balance sheets are strong enough to support that, that’s between them,” Panda said.
CNRL declined to comment on the letter when reached Wednesday night.
Albertans should go skiing somewhere else. I hope someone will make a list of all the towns that send stupid letters of this sort so I know where not to go. Quebec was already on my will never visit list. As is Victoria who moved the John A statue and whose city councilman is very concerned about Christmas decorations. I urge all sensible people to completely boycott these two towns.
Go after the demand not the supplier. No demand, no supply. Idiots.
Taking Care of Business -
Whistler - thanks for the laugh. It was a tough week up until now. Ha ha ha ...
Enzo F -
Ha ha ha....what a bunch of ASSHOLES!!! They are the ones destroying their own environment by attracting 3 million people a year to Whistler...why don't these shit heads take this into account along with dumping their shit into the ocean.
Time to raise a militia of patriotic Albertan's and pay a visit to the lower mainland. state 51.
Jeff S -
I think the majority of B.C. has similar values to Albertans. If we separate, we should give all of B.C., outside of the lower mainland, the option to join us. The vindictive side of me would love to see those clowns isolated from the rest of Canada, after we create our own nation, free of all of the B.S. that has infiltrated Canada. A country where everyone is truly equal and expected to contribute - no freebies. Basically, the opposite of the country we live in now.
Whistler must demand the coal mines of BC shut down and pay into their imaginary fund.
Randy Dennis Kolesar -
Whistler needs to stop using all forms of the oil&gas products, skis, chair lifts, iPads, any type of motorized vehicles,.. What a joke this is!
BC can go straight to hell. Money laundering and forest fires are about a BC contributes to Kanada. It's a shame the left coast of our country is so densely packed with fools and deadbeats.
Just imagine if the Greenies actually had a majority of MLAs in BC, what absurd BS would be spewed out. Surely, Whistler can entice more Asian money laundering schemes, to help them out. The BC economy has prospered with the Billions of Dollars being laundered through real estate, casinos, and everything else - but they don't want to talk about it!
Michael Sean Poland -
Idiocy continuing to reign in British Columbia. Close the pipeline for 'maintenance'.
Fred, Alberta is effectively landlocked right now. By separating, we will not be constrained in how we effectively negotiate to get access to tide water, east and west, and we will be able to keep our federal tax dollars in Alberta. Remember that all of BC is not as stupid as the lower mainland. Most of BC is embarrassed by the beliefs of the coastal dwellers whose brains have been rotted out by the effects of living next to salt water. Once we are free of Canada, we will make our own rules and if northern and the interior of BC want to join us, we will defy Canada to stop them. That will give us access to tidewater at Prince Rupert. The Indians along that route support an oil pipeline.
Remember this event when you read next article about "separation by western Canada". BC would never want to separate from Canada and Alberta would still be land locked. Separation is not a viable option.
Michael Sean Poland -
FRED: .. perhaps we should wait until half of BC drops into the ocean when the Big One happens ... They will be more than glad of our help and resources then ...
FRED: As an independent country we are free to negotiate our own trade agreements and to impose tariffs on goods crossing our borders, including fuel entering BC from Alberta. Leverage could open BC to more realistic attitudes. Additionally we could negotiate export via the US (Gulf of Mexico) bypassing BC and Quebec entirely.
Do yourself a favor and go to Google and type in "global cooling 2019" and read what real scientists are saying about our cooling world. Soon not even the most optimistic pessimistic alarmist will be able to claim "2020-hottest year ever" , the earth is cooling. This while CO2 levels continue to skyrocket with all the new coal fired power plants being built around the word it will continue to go up proving with out a doubt that CO2 is not the thermostat that controls the earths temperature.
BC westcoast and lower mainland DF's at it again. What did we expect from truly the stupidest people in Canada.
Well, I for one look forward to an end to all these things. No more drought, excess rain, forest fires, sea level rise and the list goes on and on all because the money for carbon tax is being paid. Oh by the way, none of these natural weather events are any more frequent nor any more severe than they have been over the last at least 200 years. Great, fix a problem that doesn’t exist, all it takes is money. Money fixes everything, for some people anyway, not so much for the vast majority of us. Less money means less income, less discretionary spending and more debt. None of these are good things. Fight child poverty will net way more dividends than fight climate change. It’s either natural and nothing can be done or it will cycle the other way and everyone will be freezing to death as we see now many places in the world. Fix things we can fix or at least help seems to me to make way more sense.
Okay then. All energy companies should stop shipping anything to Whistler, on the grounds that the community produces insufficient profits to cover unknown costs of litigation. Wildfires existed long before man made emissions. Determining how many and which wildfires are caused by man made global warming could be a matter for the courts.
Absolute imbecilic drivel. These people have s**t for brains.
Garry Friedrichsen -
Suggest CNRL forward the letter onto BC companies like TECK Resources and Westshore Terminals (owned in large part by Jimmy Pattinson who also owns Langley based Overwaitea/ Save on Foods). A lot of coal has been mined and shipped by these BC companies for decades, and this has been the cause of climate change!
Bahahahaha! Jack Compton is high as a kite.
When I read about these groups with their "kumbaya" view of the world I can't help but picture the group of hippies in the movie Independence Day standing at the top of the Capital Records building in LA looking up a the space ship with their welcome signs just before the aliens zapped them. You can live in the real world or some fantasy world filled with unicorns and leprechauns (apologies if I have offended any leprechauns). The reality is that we live in a world of over 6 billion people (growing by the second) and those people demand energy. Renewables, while desirable, simply can't come close to meeting those demands so we have to develop oil and gas and we have to do it in a responsible manner.
If a Canadian oil and gas company didn't supply whistlers fossil fuel than a company like Saudi Arabia with major human rights issues and no regard for the environment would. These rich people still need fossil fuel and now they are wasting tax payers money on a lawsuit.
Par for the course in DF Canada. This isn't a country. It is a collection of leeches.
That salt air does burn out the brain. Jack Crompton must be related to Jack Dale.
Of course one never knows what some Liberally appointed judge might rule on something like this given Catherine McKenna's views on this type of thing. Very scary for the hard working middle class in our country whose jobs and the industries that create them are undermined by these hard working fools who believe their actions will make it colder outside and that this would be good for us. Companies like CNRL and Exxon should be countersuing these groups for their anarchy type actions preventing needed pipeline construction and the damage this is doing to share holders who have put their dollars and faith in a fair regulatory system. This damage is easy to quantify and let those responsible pay the price. Same game except the industry people actually have a case.
Extreme Sarcasm Alert... I suppose if he can show proof that the damage was caused directly from the oil that CNRL produced, he may have a case... I would suggest that the mayor take “daily” random samples from 1,000 separate points on his property and log his findings with the David Suzuki Foundation. This should be done over a 5 year period to ensure accuracy. All these findings should then be reviewed by Jack Dale after which Jack could pontificate with some cool graphs and charts.
This is how you can kill 3 ideological wing nuts... by burying them in their own BS
Another blatant attempted money grab by our greedy neighbours. What next!?
With that kind of off the wall thinking, the next move of the mayor will probably be to declare Whistler a "sanctuary city". Wow! Unbelievable!
Garry Friedrichsen -
Measured response. Ok, if Whistler is having an issue consuming fossil fuels, then we can shot off all current transmountain shipments. Good luck with that.
Tell them to F&%k Off!
The gas lighting continues (pun intended).
It's plane to see we must help our wing-nut left coasters achieve their goals by completely sealing off our western border. Nuthin in nuthin out.
Watching the recent actions of wingnut infested regions like Quebec and the left coast I'm thinking they must be having a competition to see who can say the most stupid and outrageous thing. I still put Quebec in the lead at this stage but by gosh it is a close race.
I encourage the town of Whistler and any fanatical green poseur on the left coast to go screw themselves. Be careful though. Premier Notley (for now) might agree to have the province of Alberta do this.
This seems ridiculous but it has to be stopped or else will become the truth in BC. Alberta should counter-sue BC for polluting our atmosphere with smoke this summer. One of the major causes of its forest fires is the fact that BC stopped its forest management policies in the 1990's and allowed "nature to take its course". Also, there is evidence that unstable climate conditions are more likely caused by massive pollution in oceans and BC is the worst province in Canada for fresh and salt water pollution. Think of Victoria. Alberta doesn't bother to fight back when these allegations arise and then wonders why we are the target for 'climate change'. We desperately need some leadership. .
Wow, that is ballsy! We can't get our oil to tide but we are asked to subsidize their pain. How about go &&ck yourself ! Ask you daddy..Horgan or the Green Party.
Oil and gas companies are already paying their fair share.....which is why they are all leaving. So what, are the people of Whistler feeling the effects of the carbon taxes? Sue the BC and federal governments. Morons!
Only in B.C. What a joke coming from a place where only the Uber rich play and own property. How about if Whistler charges everyone of their guests a carbon tax on their rooms if they didn’t arrive either by foot, by bike, or by horseback. As usual the land of hypocrisy. H2O’s hubby
New York city tried it San fran tried it see how well that worked. How do the power those lifts? wind power or fairy dust. Oh their power comes from Hydro that floods thousands of acres of spirit bear land.
HYPOCRISY AND IGNORANCE.....Whistler exists as a yearround tourist destination because of its massive energy consuming ski industry and excessive vehicle fuel consumption to get to/from those ski areas. Electric ski lifts consumes massive amounts of electricity.....if the mayor wants to do the right thing then shutdown the ski industry and we will see Whistler propert values collapse and the town become a ghost town....such a GD Idiot he is....
Which climate change events is Whistler referring to? Normal climate change? Sue the Sun. Sounds like Whistler s run by flim-flam men who see the money the UN IPCC gifters can wring out of gullible countries and decided they needed a piece of the action too.
Three million visitors to Whistler annually. Dear Mayor Crompton, please contribute to the end of global warming by developing programs to significantly reduce access to Whistler to 100,000 visitors a year so that the rest of us don’t have to deal with your extraordinary contribution to pollution from airplanes and vehicles accessing your ski resort.
👍 Opora your comments in letter form should be copied and emailed to the arrogant hypocrites on Whistler Council. It is time BC knew how pissed off we are at their stupidity.
Being a useful idiot is a full time job, if you live in the lower mainland. They're just trying to extort $ from the rest of us to pay for their delusions.
This is beyond stupid. I hope people from Alberta think about this when they are deciding where to take a ski holiday.
I agree hole heartedly! Nor will I ever vacation in Quebec again!!!
I’m never vacationing in Quebec again...or before.
Left wing mayors will of course buy into the Global Warming scam … as it falls right into their Taxation ideology. Using that logic, Calgary should send a bill to all B.C. tourists for the flood a few years back. It must have been Global Warming that caused that flood, right?
Yes Whistler/Blackcomb, should send the bill to China, India, and the Americans. Canada produces, supposedly, 1% of the plant food CO 2, and these idiots want the energy companies to pay, I wonder what they use to groom their ski runs with, or what people that fly in, or drive into their resort use to get there so that the Whistler Tourist blood suckers can get at their money. Let’s help them save the world and cut all petroleum products off to BC. Alberta gave the power to Notley to stop all oil to B.C. now let’s help them and do it.
Working Mom -
Excellent idea IF and only IF all of Whistler bans the use of hydrocarbons (no jet fuel or gasoline or natural gas) and bans anyone from arriving or staying if they used hydrocarbons in any form to arrive at Whistler. Bike tires exempted.
No cruise ships should be allowed to enter or leave from B.C.
Frank S. Ensible -
The global warming thing that most perceive as a problem that is causing immediate results is causing all the other crap to be swept under the rug!
Collectively, these BC hypocrites need to clean up their own house before showing their arrogant audacity to ask an industry that they are blocking while they all drive and fly around, and continue to dump their raw sewage into the ocean!!!