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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

It's time to quit being apologetic ... if you live in rural and Northern BC ... and make your living from the land, and its resources

A post on Twitter this afternoon (Sept 10th), from Mike Hudama (@MikeHudama), stated, "BAM! Hundreds out in Vancouver to stand-up against #KinderMorgan #tarsands pipeline. BC says NO"

I hate to deflate your big city -- rose-coloured glasses  -- cocooned life Mike, however, BC does not say "No" -- at least not all of BC --- in fact not even the majority.

Your are part of the loud a vocal minority of people who by sheer numbers tend to live in the Metro-Vancouver area;
... with hillsides clear-cut to make way for tens of thousands of overpriced homes
... with thousands of acres paved over with concrete for all of your designer stores selling more of the same crap with a different label
... that you drive to in over-priced vehicles with huge engines that can never be driven to capacity (but still burn huge volumes of fossil fuel)
... who live miles, and hours, from work that require huge expensive transit systems to get you around to where you need to be

Shall I go on???

You are fine ones to talk about what we do and do not need ... what types of jobs and work we should or should not have ... and even whether our lifestyle is or isn't up to your standards.

Yes ... the loud and vocal minority of two faced, oil dependent, city folk, can continue to protest away.

Another protest from those opposed to the twinning
of the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain pipeline
Feel free to do so because it's is a democratic country we live in.

It is interesting to note however, all of the things needed and made from fossil fuel, that I saw in the picture Mike posted.

When I mentioned this as a reply to Mike, another individual (Corey W @velleity33) indicated that while that might be true, all of those things could be sourced from vegetable matter.

SERIOUSLY??? You have to be kidding me!

NOT EVEN CLOSE TO everything can be made from vegetable sources, and regardless, fossil fuels would still be required to create those things in one way or another!  And ... even if the fuel in the Trans Mountain pipeline is for export, the twinning of the pipeline will create many good paying, family supporting, jobs.

Danger?  Risk??? Sure that is just a fact of life.

However the east coast of Canada has been receiving thousands of tanker ships a year (from oil rich despot countries) without accident -- or protest -- from greener granola crunchers!

What I believe, and many others for that matter, is just as valid, and perhaps more so, than those up in arms about the twinning of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

It's time to quit being apologetic if you live in rural and Northern BC ... and make your living from the land, and its resources (or if support those who do).

When those who live in the larger metro areas actually do become the greeners they claim they are (but aren't in reality), then maybe it will be time to have a better listen to what they have to say. 

Until that happens however, I'm turning a deaf ear to what they have to say.  I will however do my very best not to waste, I'll recycle, and I'll live a basic lifestyle without expensive toys and gadgets.

What thoughts do you have on the matter?  Do you agree or disagree?  The floors yours, and I'd love to hear from you!

Meantime ... in Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth.


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