Single pipeline the least of environmental woes

More vehicle and aircraft use/production leads to increased emissions of greenhouse gasses.

Single pipeline the least of environmental woes

Firstly, let’s look at a few facts that have affected the environment since 1990.

The emissions for Canada in 1990 were 611 megatons, in 2015 these emissions had risen to 722 megatons.

Global emissions during the same time frame have risen from the region of 6,000 megatons to just under 10,000 megatons.

According to Statista the number of vehicles manufactured in North America in 1990 was 12.5 million units; by 2017 this number had risen to 17.46 million units.

Aircraft in use in North America was 7,060 forecasted to rise to 10,130 by 2036. In the Asia Pacific region these numbers are 6,830 rising to 17,520 by 2036.

All the aircraft, and most of the vehicles in use are powered by fossil fuels. The lifespan of a new car is in the region of 10-15 years and with aircraft this lifespan is 20-25 years.

There is a definitive correlation in the above statistics. More vehicle and aircraft use/production leads to increased emissions of greenhouse gasses. This correlation is sadly lost on the blowhards of the environmental movement, who for decades have been focused on preventing a single solitary pipeline from being built stating that they are stewards of the environment and are in the process of saving the planet.

Meanwhile, our oceans have thousands of tons of plastic floating around them; they are being turned acidic by the emissions fall out. Whilst our “environmentalist” politicians fail to provide any form of leadership in providing modes of transportation that will lead to a reduction in the use of fossil fuels. We need legislation that will reduce the use of fossil fuels in vehicles, curtail the expansion of aircraft use and an environmental friendly light rail transportation system. Whilst reducing our conspicuous consumption. Everything we purchase creates greenhouse gas emissions. Everything has to be manufactured, packaged and shipped.

Ian Kimm

Duncan

Just Posted

Drivesmart column: Taking cyclists seriously

This officer must have missed some important reading in their copy of the Motor Vehicle Act.

Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association’s $20K grant will help kids keep riding

Approximately 85-90 per cent of CTRA’s clients are children under the age of 18.

Robert Barron column: Elk poachers should be punished

I could only imagine the fate of these bozos if those east coast hunters ever got hold of them.

Cowichan Capitals fall to last in Island Division

Battle for fourth place goes to Alberni Valley

VIDEO: Christmas arrives in Cowichan with Celtic Rhythms, Summit Dance show

Bright costumes, seasonal music, happy faces: it was all there for everyone to enjoy

Coming up in Cowichan: From a kitchen party to a live nativity play

Stroke Recovery branch hosting an Open House Nova Scotia Kitchen Party The… Continue reading

Boeser scores 3, Pettersson has 5 points as Canucks hammer Blues

Vancouver picks up impressive 6-1 win in St. Louis

B.C. police stop drunk driver who offered up burger instead of ID

Roadblock checks over the weekend found at least two other impaired drivers

In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why

Data suggest that Canadians don’t see the concept of nationalism the way people do in the United States

Small quake recorded west of Vancouver Island

No injuries or tsunami warning after 5.4 rumble felt some 400 kilometres from Victoria

B.C. suspends Chinese portion of Asian forestry trade mission due to Huawei arrest

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of U.S. in Vancouver

Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2017

Online retail sales accounted for 3.4 per cent of total retail sales

2-year investigations nets $900,000 in refunds for payday loan customers

Consumer Protection BC says selling practices were ‘aggressive and deceptive’

Most Read