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Sustainable domestic use for our fossil fuels

At this late date, anyone that is not in a psychotic state of denial knows that the survival of life on planet Earth is in jeopardy due to greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel extraction and burning and associated human activities.

At this late date, anyone that is not in a psychotic state of denial knows that the survival of life on planet Earth is in jeopardy due to greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel extraction and burning and associated human activities.

Obviously, increased extraction and burning of any fossil fuel at this time is foolish, unnecessary and ultimately suicidal. LNG is no exception. LNG, especially when derived from fracking, is well known and scientifically proven to be more harmful to our environment than is the burning of coal. Many jurisdictions have fracking moratoriums and fracking bans for factual, obvious, proven reasons.

Large scale fossil fuel extraction has never been “good” for any jurisdiction. It is totally unsustainable and its end result can only be depletion, pollution, destruction and poverty. Alberta is one good example. The social license for export fossil fuel extraction has been revoked by climate change, wildfires, droughts, floods and many other very costly, destructive, violent, erratic weather events associated with export fossil fuel production.

It is very dishonest and irresponsible on the part of our governments and politicians to attempt to sell fossil fuel extraction as the path to prosperity. There is no good reason for Canada to export fossil fuels. Fossil fuel production for sustainable domestic use should be done by Canadian owned and operated corporations. This positive change would result in huge greenhouse gas reductions and do more to “save the planet” than anything else we could possibly do.

It is time to politely ask foreign fossil fuel extracting and export operations to get the frack out of our country.

—Ed Pitt, Dawson Creek