Shutting down resource industries a terrible idea

Dear Alistair MacGregor, I hope you find this information helpful in making informed decisions on global climate change.

Dear Alistair MacGregor,

Having read your letter in the Ladysmith Chronicle, and noting your particular emphasis on eliminating fossil fuel extraction infrastructure, I consulted with a friend in the industry and received the industry’s reasoned response to your suggestion.

I hope you find this information helpful in making informed decisions on actions to mitigate the effects of global climate change.

I don’t know if you have ever travelled in the resource producing areas of our country, but I hope you are aware of the vast contribution our resource industries make to Canada’s wealth and also to the number of Canadians all over Canada who have been employed for many decades in resource extraction, and the many who still are.

Shutting these industries down in an ad hoc manner would have grave consequences for all Canadians.

The likely outcome would be a continued and deepening reliance on fossil fuels and other resources from countries who don’t share our concerns for the environment.

Michael Smith

Ladysmith