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Former Bank of Canada governor worries about deaths in TMX protests

David Dodge is adamant that construction of the Trans-Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline proceed even thought the intensity of the protests could lead to deaths.

From the Edmonton Journal (“People ‘are going to die’ protesting Trans Mountain pipeline: Former Bank of Canada governor“):

“We’re going to have some very unpleasant circumstances. There are some people that are going to die in protesting construction of this pipeline. We have to understand that,” he said at an event Wednesday in Edmonton put on by law firm Bennett Jones.

“Nevertheless, we have to be willing to enforce the law once it’s there … It’s going to take some fortitude to stand up.” …

More than 200 people have been arrested during demonstrations outside Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby, B.C., work site.

Dodge wrote in a spring economic outlook he presented at the event that the impact of transportation bottlenecks on Canadian oil prices costs the economy about $10 billion a year.

He argued “NIMBY obstruction,” bolstered by growing community engagement in project reviews, allows Indigenous peoples, local groups and others to delay investment in projects even when they meet world-class environmental standards.

While he wouldn’t speculate in an interview how fatalities might occur during the Trans Mountain expansion, he said he’s worried about what will happen among the extremist minority among the pipeline foes.

“We have seen it other places, that equivalent of religious zeal leading to flouting of the law in a way that could lead to death … Inevitably, when you get that fanaticism, if you will, you’re going to have trouble,” he said.

That’s the bad news for climate protesters. The good news is that Dodge seems to accept that oil-producing regions such as Alberta aren’t going to be able to produce every barrel they’re capable of:

“We have to understand this is a resource where the long-term viability isn’t there, not because we’re running out of muck in the ground, but because we actually, collectively, as the globe, are going to have to stop using as much of this stuff.”

Here was one reaction on Twitter, and my response:

And here’s where it gets political (Kennedy Stewart is NDP MP for Burnaby South and a mayoral candidate in Vancouver):

Thu, June 14 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page