Dear Ms. Baird, Mr. Penikett, Ms. Trimbee and Prime Minister Trudeau,
I am 25 years old, and during the last election (in which I strategically voted for the Liberals), I cast my first ever vote! My strategic decision was not solely focused on removing the Harper Government from power; I aligned with widely considered platform messages: Environmental protection, Indigenous Relations and Legalization but recognized my hesitancy due to some previous eye-brow-raising-tie-loosening Liberal policy.
The renewables market is growing at a remarkable rate. Costs of production are now on par with coal facilities in certain areas. Roughly 1/4 of world energy is produced by renewables which stimulates the local economy, provides clean energy, and is truly long term sustainable.
Mr. Trudeau, your recent decision to approve both the Site C Dam and the recent Petronas LNG Exporting Facility projects are disheartening, and I vehemently oppose them!
They are in complete contrast to the Liberal campaign we all read online about consulting communities and how the public will give the final approval for such projects, and your "commitment" to Indigenous groups. These projects are in direct violation of their existing treaties and based on this alone, should not be approved. At the end of th day, you're a white man in power who won't respect pre- existing Tribes rights, lands and treaties.
Any mentioning of sustainability in your recently publicized comments are completely absurd! If your platform campaign promises don't ring a bell, or aren't of your consideration above the interests of private organizations profits, then perhaps you may consider your signing the climate agreements in Paris, in which countries, including Canada, committed to keeping the Earth from rising 2°. Even if these projects (or the upcoming ones, which I am actively supporting campaigns to persuade you NOT to approve), do not produce significant contributions to Canada's role in raising the Earth's temperatures, which they do, doesn't mean they are acceptable.
Instead, Canada has VAST natural resources which can contribute to renewable energy production such as flowing rivers, lakes and oceans for generating water current power. There are numerous opportunities in wind power (from mountains to flat plains, oceans and coastlines), and just as many in solar energy. This is the future of energy worldwide, this was a campaign promise, this is economically beneficial for local communities across the nation (thankfully, not profitable for major oil companies), contributes to lowering our healthcare costs and maintains the clean natural resources Canada is world reknown for.
I thought Harper and his government was horrible, an international embarassment. What does this say about the Liberal government that his practices, policies and officials when it comes to energy projects (and who knows what else now), haven't changed at all? NEB in BC ringing any bells?!
Earlier this year, I moved from Canada to Tianjin China. A city with 15 million people (just under half the population of Canada in an area less than the size of Ontario), and the fourth worst air quality in China. As fellow Canadians, you have all been exposed to blizzards in which nothing is visible. In this country, we have pollution blizzards which are the same. They're so thick you can't even see the sun! Your blizzards block the sun because of clouds and snow, our blizzards block the sun from straight pollution particles, and these last for days, sometimes weeks. Consider that, the next time its "smoggy" in your city (haha, Canada smog). You don't know what it's like not to see the sun for days, and to be able to literally feel the air on you when walking around, breathing actual poison. And yet, here you are, agreeing to the very same projects which cause such results here, and contributing to the problem in Both at home and abroad. In my books, this counts as a three-fold environmental screw-up: 1. Pollution and environemtnal damage during extraction, refinement and pipeline construction, 2. Transportion pollution and risk of spills/leaks or other type of release of this extract unintentionally into the environment, 3. Consumption of LNG in Asia where standards for buring and release of bi-products into the air is substantially less regulated. I'll think of how your decisions now have an impact on my health the next time I'm outside in a pollution blizzard.
Furthermore, Mr. Trudeau, I'm surprised how your most recent visit to China didn't steer your decision to deny the project, seeing the effects of pollution and the millions of deaths a year it causes here in China. But, given China performs some 500,000 weather modifications per year, I bet you saw nothing but clear skies for your trip, China puts on a good face for the world like that. Perhaps the geo-political landscape is more meaningful to you than that your citizens health and environment?
I recently read China adds a windmill every hour to its renewable grid, obviously, this isn't the direction you've chosen to align yourself with. Instead, you've decided to align yourself, and the unwilling country, with the mentality of approving fossil fuel. Perhaps you take the other side of China's energy approach whereby they bring a coal plant online every week? Please remember this during your next broadcast whereby you tell the world you approve of sustainable energy, that you are aligning Canada (against the voters who put you in power) with the negative statistics of China's energy production. What a country and a side to pick. If this is at all indicative of the rest of your trajectory when making international and environmental decisions, I am saddened to consider what kind of decisions you will make regarding other aspects of this country (hey, we already know you don't want pot in corner stores, but cigarettes are ok, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised).
I've never voted before because we all know politicians say whatever is in demand by the citizens at the time, and upon arrival in office, policy somehow magically goes right back to corporate favourtism, and here we are, no different. I now live in a Communist country, people here don't get to vote. Given your recent decisions, against what you ran for, what voters want and what science/the environment screams, not having a vote to cast is pretty damn near the same as casting one in which the recipient simply disregards what got him elected. So here I am, a first time voter, a millennial, who will have to face the evonironmental consequences of your reckless decision making both in China AND in Canada for the rest of my life! Democracy folks, hard at work and prominent in... well, somwhere, not Canada.