KELSEY LANE: Terrible pretext of the war in Ukraine to revive LNG in Atlantic Canada
KELSEY LANE • Guest Review
Kelsey Lane is Senior Climate Policy Coordinator at the Ecology Action Center.
We have been here before.
Nova Scotians and their families want proven, clean, affordable and reliable energy solutions, and we’ve made it known.
We made that known when we banned hydraulic fracturing in our province. We made it known when over 10,000 people took to the streets of Halifax to demand action on climate change. We made this known when we fought for decades against dangerous and short-sighted fossil fuel projects and the threat they posed to our health and our climate.
It seems that Pieridae Energy and their supporters are bad listeners.
Because they are once again trying to convince our government to ease restrictions and invest in their plans to build massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure in Atlantic Canada. The projects – including the relaunch of the Goldboro LNG terminal in Nova Scotia – would mean more pipelines, more spills, more tanker traffic along our coasts and more threats to our climate, ecosystems and communities.
Pieridae doesn’t seem particularly good at math either. Proponents of the suddenly revived Goldboro LNG project like to say it will save Europe from soaring gas prices, helping countries like Germany break free from Russian oil. But given the annual fluctuation in gas prices and the fact that the infrastructure would not even be complete for another six to eight years, it is unlikely to do much good for the current energy crisis in Europe. Someone might want to provide the leaders of Pieridae with a calculator.
But the math is hard, so maybe some could forgive them for that. What is far less forgivable is the blatant attempt to use the tragic situation in Ukraine to try to sell us a project that will line their pockets, while leaving the rest of us to deal with the consequences. Consequences like an 18% increase in emissions, threats to our water, fisheries and health, and decades locked in an energy system that undermines our chances for a better future.
But, as mentioned, we’ve been here before. We know what to do.
Individuals and organizations across Nova Scotia and across the country are mobilizing to fight the expansion of LNG in the Maritimes. The Ecology Action Center and our allies have put together petitions and information you can use to help us in this fight. You can find them on StopTheGas.ca.
You can also communicate directly with your representatives to share your thoughts on LNG in Atlantic Canada. Together we can demand better. We can demand a fair, low-carbon future for our communities that will create thousands of good, sustainable jobs and protect our climate. We can demand clean, affordable and reliable energy solutions.
So yes, we have been here before. But with your help, we can make sure we never have to come back here again.