Vancouver Ecosocialist Group (VESG)
January 6, 2014
Fossil fuel wars in British Columbia Roger Annis, VESG member:
On December 16, Kinder Morgan company made its official application
to the National Energy Board for approval to build a $5.4-billion tar sands pipeline from Alberta to Vancouver harbour. The new line will use the path of its existing Trans Mountain Pipeline for part of the route, but it will diverge from that significantly
in places, including in the final leg of the line into metropolitan Vancouver.....more
Science, radical emissions reductions and radical social movements
At the Radical Emission Reductions conference
held in London and organized by the Tyndall Centre, Naomi Klein
argues that radical GHG emissions targets require the backing of radical social movements. She criticizes mainstream environmental organizations for not challenging market fundamentalism and the corporate interests that have led to the rapid expansion of unconventional fossil fuels development. An increasing number of writers have been making the connection between climate science and revolution: see “How science is telling us to revolt
”; "The only way to stop climate change now may be revolution
", and "Do we have time to fix global warming
Campaigning to stop coal port expansions
Delta city council
joined adjacent municipalities, the Greater Vancouver Regional District and both public health boards in the Vancouver region to oppose the building of a new coal export terminal at the Fraser Surrey Docks. A sustained campaign by a coalition of community organizations
encouraged the delivery of over 3400 public statements concerning port expansion (with only 9 in favour) and culminated in a silent demonstration outside the Port Authority offices
. Activists from Rising Tide dressed as Santa delivered sacks of coal to Port of Vancouver offices
and read out some of these public comments. Once commentator asked in reference to the latter, "how far are we willing to go to protect the environment?"
The coming "instant planetary emergency"
It was at least 15 years ago that David Suzuki started saying "we have less that 10 years left to turn this around"
. Well, we have not turned this around. There has been an increasing number of articles that say climate science is now pointing to an inevitable coming nightmare of ecological catastrophe. Guy McPherson
aggregates the work of mainstream, peer reviewed science to argue for the inevitability of "Near Term Extinction"
. Dahr Jamail
writes in the Nation about the dire consequences of uncontrolled capitalist expansion and fossil fuel consumption.