Monday, June 21, 2010

Iggy's Tanker Port Moratorium

Finally, a policy that seems to make sense... if only in part.

Michael Ignatieff's Liberals would kill a proposed north coast sea port to ship Tar Sands oil to China. Iggy has promised to formalize a moratorium on oil tanker shipping through northern BC coastal waters.

I hope he's thought this through. Killing the Enbridge oil port isn't likely to earn the IgLibs any points in Alberta's oil patch. Worse yet, if Iggy's policy means large volume oil tanker traffic through Vancouver's Burrard Inlet instead, it could cost the Libs its lower mainland support and the few seats it now holds in British Columbia. NIMBY Iggy, NIMBY.

Sorry but before giving Iggy kudos for promising to spare Kitimat and the north coast, he'd better spell out - clearly - just what he has in mind for the south coast. People are already becoming furious about the recent increase of oil tanker traffic through Vancouver's inner harbour and that's peanuts compared to the shipping volume necessary to transport the world's filthiest oil to Asia.

Doing the right thing in the north is meaningless if it means doing the wrong thing in the south.


double nickel said...

Nobody in Alberta is going to vote for him anyway. He can do the right thing and never lose a vote.

lance said...

10 cent, are you dumb or just being intentionally dense?

The point wasn't about Alberta. It was about a Rural NDP BC seat vs several Urban Vancouver Liberal seats.

Put it this way, it's going to happen and you're going to piss off one constituency.

If you're Iggy who do you diss?

Based on this, he's made the dumb choice and will shore up the NDP vote in Northern BC while causing another headache for his Vancouver caucus.

No wonder you Libs suck at politics.

double nickel said...

Point taken. That's what I get for typing with one hand and swatting mosquitoes with the other ;)

The Mound of Sound said...

What's particularly alarming is that the southern route, the default option if northern BC is closed, is the Burrard Inlet, Second Narrows, Coal Harbour route that would see a flotilla of Aframax supertankers plying the waters of Vancouver and the North Shore. Unless you've seen the treacherous Second Narrows in full torrent on a big tide change you can't begin to understand what could befall a tanker caught there.