About Enbridge’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline proposal from Alberta through BC to BC’s west coast port: here’s a solution which might have the added benefit of it being a teaching moment for the left’s reflexive naysayers when it comes to anything “industrial” or anything owned by private citizens instead of the state. Just go south.

Alberta and the states south of Alberta seem open to these pipelines to wealth, pace that ideological and political divider and left-wing appeaser President Barack Hussein Obama.

Here’s a shocker: as a conservative thinker, I don’t share the often mindless and ideological environmental arguments from the political left and its sycophantic sheeple about it being a huge, insurmountable environmental risk. It’s not. If that were a scientifically legitimate concern, then those critics of the plan should logically (and on scientific grounds) demand that all pipelines, and there are hundreds of them throughout BC and the whole world, be dismantled. Not just oil pipelines but gas pipelines too. And nuclear plants. And hydro damns that are more than five years old. And all roads, since the people in the cars that burn oil and travel on them kill far more people than oil pipelines ever have; and lacking oil, roadways would essentially be almost completely useless and obsolete anyway. Horses don’t really need paved roads. And walking through mountainous trails and over rivers is fairly gentle to the environment.

And then those sheeple should plan on never driving again, including driving to protest new pipelines. And plan on never flying, not even to their beloved Cuba for their vacations; and never accepting any food, shelter, clothing, or any other material goods like their iPads, all of which were transported to them via truck, train, ship, or plane. Which accounts for just about every, single, thing, in their lives.

They’re not, but they should already be using alternative transportation methods, all the time. Like bikes (locally made out of new-growth wood and old-fashioned elbow grease in place of steel tools made out of dirty coal and such), and horses. Yes they should voluntarily stop buying just about everything, including nearly all the food they eat, except those things that are grown at, and which are “organically” nurtured by, their nearby neighbors  —  and transported to them by bikes, or perhaps horses. Horses which never fart, by the way, on account of the “man-made global warming” caused by man’s use of horses which fart, or some other funky fact or settled science or, to put it more accurately, BS. Now, such fartless horses do not currently exist of course, but I’m sure their Darwinian evolution theory will kick into gear anytime now and will abide by the leftist ideology, and will accommodate them pretty soon.

Or they should just shut up, grow up, and stop being such hypocritical, partisan leftist political idiots. I favor this last option.

Eventually, leftists will figure it out.  My bigger concern is actually the notion of selling oil to China (mostly) instead of the U.S., which is the market that pipeline would ostensibly best serve.

China does need enough energy to continue to serve our needs, which includes building all those cheap products, as they now do, so that we can continue to do the bigger and more complicated things (like inventing new sources of energy) that keep advancing our lives, through our free-enterprise, capitalist system. But beyond that, we should sell to our friends the Americans first.

I would rather sell Canadian energy of any kind to Americans. I support America and its freedom-based values over China and its socialist values. As such, I’d rather see Enbridge and every Canadian energy company cater first to Americans and American firms, instead of to China and its state-owned, state-run fake businesses, or to any other socialist/communist totalitarian dictatorship, for that matter.

I’m not sure what the business model or calculus is with the Northern Gateway pipeline. But I wish they’d consider just building the pipeline south to Montana or Idaho, by-passing BC and notably snubbing them in the process, and selling it to Americans.  No fuss, no muss.

Joel Johannesen
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