CBC is reporting that "Kinder Morgan's $6.8-billion, 1,150-kilometre Trans Mountain pipeline will move a mix of oil products from Edmonton to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C., near Vancouver, where it will be exported to markets in China." Just to be clear, twinning the existing pipeline for tar sands oil is not for domestic consumption. Which reaffirms that the second recent spike in the price of gas at the pumps in Vancouver is fraudulent. This is why we need to nationalize our oil. The foreign ownership of our oil is committing fraud and extortion with our money.
China is banning fossil fuel cars. That makes the urgency of the second pipeline to Vancouver questionable. People say if we don't approve the second pipeline they'll just send the tar sands oil to be refined in Texas. Why would that be a bad thing? That just simply means the second pipeline to Vancouver is not needed. The Keystone pipeline expansion has been approved.
The thing I don't like is arrogance and entitlement. We are being competently f*cked over by the oil monopoly at the pumps and that needs to be addressed. China pays less for our oil than we do. Norway has a much better model.
Update: Kinder Morgan suspending non-essential activities for the Trans Mountain pipeline
Natural gas, however, is worth supporting. It is much cleaner than coal.
Alberta tar sands pipelines already exist to Chicago and Detroit.
Piles of tar-sands waste in Chicago are pissing people off
Koch-owned tar sands waste piles up in Chicago after Detroit cloud
"The substance made headlines earlier this year when a pet-coke pile that was three stories high and one block long created an ominous black cloud that floated over Detroit, Michigan. Citizens in nearby Windsor complained that they experienced respiratory problems and other ailments when the pet-coke infiltrated their water supply and floated through open windows. The byproduct, which is approximately 90 percent carbon, has started creating similar problems along the Calumet River, which runs from South Chicago to Gary, Indiana."
Chicago cracks down on piles of tar-sands waste
Public Pressure Forces Tar Sands Waste Operator Out Of Chicago
Mountain of Petroleum Coke From Oil Sands Rises in Detroit
Michigan brewery sues tar sands pipeline
"In 2010 an Enbridge pipeline burst spilling over 1 million gallons of Canadian crude oil into the Kalamazoo river. It was the largest inland oil pipeline spill in US history. Even the environmental protection agency has all but admitted that up to 168 thousand gallons of the oil will remain in the Kalamazoo river indefinitely."
Canada's Tar Sands: The most destructive project on Earth
MPs arrested at Kinder Morgan Protest
Vancouver gas fraud burns out of control
2012 Macleans: Our Chinese oil sands
2012 Financial Post: Majority of oil sands ownership and profits are foreign
2012 NY Times: Canada Clears $15 Billion Chinese Takeover of an Energy Company
2013 Vice: China Is Buying Its Way Into Canada
China National Oil Company Takeover of Nexen Will Be Costly for Canada
Kinder Morgan is based in Houston. That's why America pays less for our oil than we do.