By TOM MITCHELL
In ordinary times, which candidate and party we choose may not make that much of a difference, but in this election the stakes are exponentially huge.
Gary Holman is a good and decent man, albeit with a strange sense of humour, whom I have known and liked for close to 30 years, but his party just doesn’t get it, thinking we can have our cake and eat it too, similar to Justin Trudeau, with just a little fracked LNG here and there. The destination for all that fracked gas happens to be here in our nearby Saanich Inlet, literally across the water from the ancestral home of Adam Olsen, close to ferries, shipping lanes and population centres. That proximity would not be allowed in other jurisdictions in case of disastrous explosions.
Expansion of BC LNG (AKA fracked methane gas wells), like other fossil fuels infrastructure, just doesn’t make any sense in the long term, economically, environmentally, and for human and other species survivability.
The carbon count, measured on Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, just passed 410 parts per million a few weeks ago and all graphs show it to be at present going straight up.
Respected scientists like Andrew Weaver and David Suzuki are desperately trying to wake us up and bring about a change of course, away from a hell on earth for our kids and grandkids. I wish that was a exaggeration but I don’t believe it to be.
The present BC Liberal Party under Christy Clark has shown its interest lies with the fossil-fuel companies and multinationals who make huge donations to their party. See the New York Times story about the BC Liberals and their “Wild West” funding.
From Site C to Kinder Morgan, Mount Polley, LNG at any cost, diseased fish farms on wild salmon spawning routes, the list of sellouts to big business goes on and on.
Stephen Roberts I don’t know, but I assume he too is a decent man like the vast majority of people who put their names forward for public service. Unfortunately the party he wants to represent has been captured by corporate interests, in my opinion.
The BC Green Party for me represents a sane voice, calling for a moratorium on any expansion of fossil-fuel infrastructure leading to more greenhouse gases and a stop to the $3 billion per year subsidy to the same industry.
To be clear, until the oil sands can be phased out, the refining and jobs should be close to the source, using natural gas to produce crude and other refined products and thus abolishing the shipping of dilbit by any means.
The future is in renewables for long-term sustainable jobs and a livable planet and I believe the voice of Adam Olsen and the BC Greens is needed to get us there.
The writer is a Salt Spring resident and Green party member.