Ship LNG, not coal

Last summer, like many prior, we loaded up the boat and headed to Prince Rupert for a summer fishing vacation.

During our visit in 2017, I was fascinated by the massive ships in the harbour being loaded with hundreds of semi-truck loads of logs.

During our two-week stay, we witnessed three of these massive shipped being loaded.

In the back of my mind, I was curious about the absence of protesters and also if the indigenous people had sanctioned this clear-cutting the Canadian landscape for foreign money. I was surprised with the lack of value added to the product, wondering how long such a quantity of logs would sustain a Canadian lumber mill employing Canadian workers.

When we arrived in Rupert this last summer, I was pleased to see the absence of ships loading logs. We could see the log staging area was empty, but the floating debris indicated the ships had come and gone.

In their place in the harbour were large ships with massive shovels similar to an excavator on their decks. I was not familiar with the purpose of these ships but was surprised when I learned of their use.

Just a few kilometres south of Rupert is the industrial area of Port Edward. Here stood a lineup of these ships being loaded with coal.

I had cruised past this area in the past and not noticed the stockpile of coal as it was so massive it blended into the mountainside in the backdrop. I was speechless to think that with all the environmental and carbon-reduction programs of which Canada is a participant, at a huge cost to oil and gas jobs and provincial and federal revenues, that Canada is still a supplier one of the highest carbon emission products.

Obviously, the provincial and federal governments only have the "not in our back yard" approach to carbon emission reduction, with blatant disregard for the overall health of the planet. It is upsetting to think Canada is supplying product to places abroad where the pollution and carbon emissions are extreme.

Canada could provide such a better alternative energy source by supplying clean, low-emission natural gas in the form of LNG.

Dean Moore

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