The world is moving away from fossil fuels.
In order to solve climate change, global companies like Walmart and Starbucks, major cities like Vancouver, Sydney and San Diego, and even whole countries like Sweden and Costa Rica are committing to transition to 100% renewables before 2050.
New investment in clean energy now outpaces investment in fossil fuel infrastructure worldwide. New national, bi-lateral and international agreements to dramatically cut climate emissions are coming into force around the world.
Welcome to the worst time in history to build a pipeline.
Clean energy creates far more jobs.
The think tank Clean Energy Canada reports that British Columbia can continue to grow its economy and dramatically reduce carbon pollution. Their recent report finds BC would see steady GDP growth and 900,000 new jobs by 2050, across numerous sectors and geographically dispersed across the province.
“BC would see steady GDP growth and 900,000 new jobs by 2050 as it works to cut carbon pollution.”
Independent studies show Kinder Morgan exaggerated the number of pipeline jobs by 3 times, but even according to their inflated promises, the benefits would be at best 2/3 the budget of one B.C. hospital. In 2013 Kinder Morgan paid $4.2M in taxes in Canada.
Those are hardly nation building numbers.
The clean energy revolution is already here
Choosing energy independence, First Nations are leading the way out of fossil fuel dependence, creating community energy plans that deliver clean energy and economic security. T’Sou-ke First Nation in BC developed one of Canada’s largest solar energy farms. Now, with solar panels on half their houses, they’re selling their leftover energy back to the grid.
By 2030, 74% of total energy investments worldwide will be clean energy – $630 billion worth.
Major drops in the costs of technology for wind and solar have resulted in a long sustained boom in clean energy. By 2030, 74% of total energy investments worldwide will be clean energy – $630 billion worth. Jobs disappearing from fossil fuel production are re-appearing in clean energy. Rooftop solar is expanding rapidly in the United States — by some estimates, a new system goes up every four minutes.
What could we get instead of a pipeline?
The money Kinder Morgan is planning to spend on this pipeline could build enough wind farms to power more than 750,000 BC homes. That same investment could build 169 neighbourhood energy systems like the one in False Creek, where climate pollution has been cut by half.
Instead of exporting climate emissions and raw bitumen, we could be sharing clean energy and climate solutions with the world.
And do our part to solve climate change. It’s our choice.