Hi! Because pipelines and the oil industry are so detrimental for the environment, but Canada, specific provinces especially, receives a lot of revenue because of those resources, what is a solution? Should we stop those industries altogether and lose jobs/revenue? Is there a better way?
The solution is to keep oil production at its current level, not expand it. A lot of environmentalism isn’t about shutting down the oil sands (that would destroy the economy), its just keeping it at 2016/2017 levels, and then gradually reducing it once other energy sectors are able to take over (i.e. a transition). If we do this our climate change goals can be made, oil jobs will remain while we invest heavily in renewables. Oil pipelines don’t just transport oil, they allow industry to export more of it.
If we have any hope of reducing the worst of Climate Change, we have to keep a substantial amount of oil in the ground, and that means we must resist projects like pipelines that will expand operations. Otherwise we are risking cities being wiped off the map, millions of deaths and billions of refugees. These things will happen if we continue the status quo.
Also it should be pointed out that oil & gas investments are very poor job creators. Renewable energy jobs generate many more jobs for the same price: