From Climate Emergency to Trans Mountain Pipeline approval

Five killer whales swimming in the ocean with heads and dorsal fins above the water.

Earlier today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government’s re-approval of the project.⠀

The decision comes less than 24 hours after Members of Parliament voted to declare a national climate emergency.⠀

“In approving the Trans Mountain pipeline, the government knowingly imperils endangered Southern Resident killer whales. Thanks to a long history of compromise and accommodation, this population is already in jeopardy. As our evidence to the NEB showed, maintaining that status quo while increasing tanker traffic is a recipe for the Southern Residents’ demise. Today’s decision sets a dangerous example for our children: Ignore facts and evidence if they disagree with what ostensibly benefits commerce and political ambitions.” – Paul Paquet⠀

Photo by NOAA

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