OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
February 23, 2020
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
Subject: Why Canada needs to thwart fossil-fuel production
I am Canadian having lived in British Columbia all my 70
years. I do not stand up for national anthems—I am an independent thinker; I
consider myself a borderless person. I realize that world conflicts have always
been, and still are, regarding control and power over commerce and trade. However,
the general global condition now dictates that cooperation between nations is
required to minimize the onslaught of global warming and the resulting devastating
Your dad was a true leader, I voted for him too. He helped
keep world peace and was respected throughout the world for his initiatives and
leadership. Canada has long been highly regarded around the world for being
fair and reasonable. In times of world famines, Canada stepped forward with
generous aid. So, Canada has long been a respected nation and I would like to
see it remain that way. Your dad’s personal motto, “Reason before passion”, however,
needs to be revised to “Reason before profit” to not lose this respect.
Unlike politicians, scientists don’t seek to be re-elected;
they seek the truth. They warn of:
• increasing bushfires;
• loss of forestation;
• stronger storms;
• increasing severity of flooding from more active weather systems;
• loss of real estate from rising tidal lines and ground water levels;
• glacial melt;
• volcanic eruptions;
• earthquakes (as well as the ones from fracking for nature gas);
• insects dying and insects breeding out of control;
• the natural world going out of sync due to earlier springs;
• coral reefs overheating and turning lifeless;
• ocean temperatures rising and causing sea life migration and disease;
• species becoming extinct at an ever increasing rate;
• loss of habitat for many types of life;
• (your list of the items
• that I left out,
• goes here).
I can’t keep track of the changes to nature that scientists say may be
attributed to global warming. It seems the list keeps getting longer as new
discoveries are made everyday. Most of these changes bring economic challenges
in one way or another. Please feel free to ask Greta Thunberg, Alice Munro, John
Coetzee, Jane Fonda and a myriad of physicists, chemists, and natural
scientists around the world to set you straight on the subject.
The Trans Mountain Pipeline will never be completed, or if
it does, it will never be profitable for Canada. Here’s the reason why I feel
this way. The climate scientists are sounding the alarm, and the world’s people
are concerned, including Canadians. Even if supertankers could be built with many
internal compartments, so that when breached, only a small spill occurs; and
even if regulations were in place to ensure the supertankers were only allowed
to travel as slow as the slowest swimming whale; the ultimate destination of
the fuel is that it will be burned into the atmosphere somewhere in the world. Don’t
you think people realize this?
Hereditary chiefs have long been regarded for protecting
nature. Their philosophy is to act in a way that a few generations of your ancestors,
and a few generations of your descendants, will be proud of your actions.
Nobody enjoys the idea that future generations will suffer for the greed of today.
Therefore, people in BC and across Canada will increasingly resist the
exporting of fossil-fuels as everyday, it seems, there is further alarming news
regarding climate change.
So even if indigenous bands agree with trading their world as
they currently experience it, for profiting their band members; they may change
their minds at any point in time—including during the construction of the
There are many scenarios of how non-cooperation could play
out. Delaying contracted workers, blocking traffic with people, blocking the
flow of railways, blocking tanker traffic, throwing eggs at authorities,
filling the courts with cases—these are all minor disturbances that will occur.
You may also see some extreme occurrences, such as burning of equipment, the
destruction of work already completed, violence with vigilante groups, filling
the police with work and other costly events.
I am watching and laughing as I read the
media try to divide and conquer the band members and the general public on this
issue. Their efforts will be futile compared to the surge of public support
nationally and abroad to do the right thing with the future of the planet in
mind. I guess these people think a few protesters will be locked up and corporate
interests will be able to continue to plunder the planet at will.
With new technologies becoming available every day, never-before
events could surprise us. Perhaps someone will figure out a way of flying a
drone with a Molotov cocktail into an oil refinery—who knows what my fellow
activists are going to do on their own. I’m hoping you’re getting the picture. The
expense of the maintenance of the security detail for the length of the
pipeline will be prohibitive.
I have not participated in any of the recent protests
regarding the B.C.’s Coastal Gaslink (liquefied natural gas) pipeline, however,
I will join in when I deem my participation could make a difference.
The solution is simple—keep the fossil-fuels in the ground
and subsidize Alberta’s switch to solar and clean energies. It may be a heavy
investment, but it will be worth it in the long run and the whole world will be
grateful for it.
Now go and look each of your three children in the eye, give
them a big hug, and promise them that with your privileged position will take
actions towards ensuring the preservation of paradise Earth as best as you are
Please respond with your intentions of assisting the country’s
abandonment of fossil-fuels and the advancement of clean energies.
The Honourable Terry Beech, P.C., M.P.
House of Commons
The Honourable John Horgan, M.L.A.
Premier of British Columbia
PO Box 9041
Station Provincial Government
Victoria BC V8W 9E1