"If [the economic value of social, cultural and environmental damages] are accounted for, all of the projected economic gains from the Enbridge Northern Gateway project could quickly turn into losses in the event of a tanker spill."Shippers of bitumen respond,
"...these impacts would not be of such a scale as represented in this report."The questions would be easier to resolve if we had only to compare financial debits to credits. However, west coast residents believe that mega-projects should consider ecological and socio-cultural impacts as well. Alas, when the decision makers do their cogitating at Ottawa's opulent Rideau Club, 4,800 km from Kitimat, economics seem more important than matters of culture, and survival.
Government of Canada actions demonstrate little regard for the lands, forests and oceans where First Nations have been custodians for centuries. Ottawa's habitual condescension is akin to attitudes that prompted Jonathan Swift to write A Modest Proposal in 1729. Swift diligently laid out financial justifications behind his proposal for Irish children.
Canada's energy minister Joe Oliver would have been convinced.
"a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee or a ragout.
"...A child will make two dishes at an entertainment for friends; and when the family dines alone, the fore or hind quarter will make a reasonable dish, and seasoned with a little pepper or salt will be very good boiled on the fourth day, especially in winter."
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