As Canadians get ready to cast their ballots on Oct. 21, pipelines are definite to come out as a magnetizing topic at the time of the federal election campaign. With definite opinions on both sides of the pipeline debate.
Each day, citizens across the country drive to school and work, warm their homes, cook their food and enjoy the modern simplicity of life because of the transport of crude oil, fuel, and natural gas — all possible by a vast network of pipelines below their feet. Transmission pipelines safely transfer almost all of Canada’s oil and natural gas. Even as Canada prefers more low-carbon energy sources, pipelines will be critical here and around the world.
Economically, the excuses for this are difficult to let go of. Transmission pipelines create huge economic advantages that each Canadian can count on —for essential services like health care and education. The industry gives thousands of well-paying job opportunities for hard-working Canadians, and each year returns millions of dollars to make better stronger communities. These advantages are the result of an industry that has been an essential contributor to Canadian prosperity for years.
The current demand for oil and gas will be fulfilled one way or another, but the energy should come from Canada, where our oil and gas resources are created and transferred under some of the strictest environmental and regulatory standards globally, where our industry is making operational alterations and investing in new technologies to decrease emissions. And where companies have already reduced Canada’s oilsands emissions by 28 percent since 2000, with even more decrease expected.