Letter to the editor.

Fossil fuel sector continues to receive subsidization

Industry still the planet’s greatest and most profitable polluter

Re: Spill response team ‘cleans up’ mock oil spill in the Gulf Islands, May 19.

Canadians are still financially propping an increasingly outdated industry that can ruin a chunk of B.C.’s aqua-based tourism industry if (when?) an oil-tanker spill occurs.

In its 2019 federal budget, Canada’s supposedly environmentally conscious Liberal government gave the fossil fuel sector 12-fold the subsidization it allocated towards renewable energy innovation. This was on top of agreeing to triple the diluted bitumen pipeline-flow westward through B.C., which means increasing the oil freighter traffic seven-fold through pristine whale-bearing waters. In fact, our federal government, which always is run by either the (neo) Liberal or Conservative Party, does this same kind of bad-cause subsidization every budget year, more or less.

Meanwhile, mass addiction to fossil-fuel-powered single occupant vehicles surely helps keep the average addict’s mouth shut about the planet’s greatest and still very profitable polluter, lest they feel like and/or be publicly deemed hypocrites.

Frank Sterle Jr.,

White Ro​ck

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