Monday, June 3, 2019
Contentious politics plague the fossil fuel industry in North America. The Coastal GasLink pipeline in Northern British Columbia has met with opposition from Indigenous communities and many others in civil society, and the United States court system blocked the Keystone XL pipeline. Yet in both countries the federal governments continue to stand behind these projects. In the case of the Coastal GasLink project, our government is describing a $40 billion private investment to produce Canadian Liquid Natural Gas (to displace coal in Asia) as a boon to the environment. What are the social and environmental costs of fossil fuels? How do different actors in society bear the burden of these costs? How did we arrive at this moment, when private, fossil fuel companies have so much power over our governments?