Trudeau fils flies better Liberal colors on the environment than Harper, but not on Keystone XL. Trudeau and his Liberals support the tar sands pipeline that would carry Alberta’s black gold through South Dakota to the Gulf of Mexico for refining and export:
Trudeau added that the pipeline is “an important energy infrastructure” for both countries, will be good for the Canadian economy and that it must be done in a sustainable and properly regulated way.
…“My support for Keystone is steadfast,” he said while talking on a street near the Canadian Embassy.
…“There are lots of American jobs involved and there’s lots of opportunities for the United States as well,” he said. “There are many Americans who support Keystone as well, so I’m not particularly worried about it being an unbalanced deal. It’s just part of a longstanding working friendship between our two countries” [Meagan Fitzpatrick, “Justin Trudeau Shares ‘Steadfast’ Keystone XL Support in D.C.,” CBC News, 2013.10.25].
While Trudeau thinks running a pipeline through the American Plains is great for both countries, he opposes hosting the same environmental risk on his own turf:
Trudeau said that a Liberal government would formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic through B.C.’s northern coast to protect sensitive areas from the impacts of a spill.
That effectively rules out the Northern Gateway pipeline, a project meant to deliver Alberta oilsands crude to the B.C. coast, where it would be loaded on board tankers.
“Anyone who has been to the Great Bear rainforest knows that that’s not a place for a crude oil pipeline,” Trudeau said, referring to the sensitive ecological areas along the northern B.C. coast [Bruce Campion-Smith, “Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau Talks Pipeline Politics,” Toronto Star, 2015.09.10].
A sure way to torque me off is to tell me that British Columbia is in any way more important than South Dakota. Tar sands oil isn’t any better for bluestem grass, buffalo, or the Ogallala Aquifer than it is for big trees and bears.
The Liberal victory in Canada last night is not the same cause for hope against Keystone XL that the New Democratic Party ascent in Alberta last May was (and even Alberta’s NDP PM Rachel Notley is waffling a little in her opposition to TransCanada’s tar sands pipeline). We’ll just have to hope that the collapse of oil prices and vigorous opposition from landowners in Nebraska and elsewhere can stop the black snake.