Kinder Morgan wants to increase capacity in its pipeline from Albert to Vancouver and has to get approval from Canada's National Energy Board. Given that the board is stacked with pro-industry conservatives, no doubt it will love to know that oil spills create economic activity and jobs. According to the Edmonton Journal:
“Pipeline spills can have both positive and negative effects on local and regional economies, both in the short- and long-term,” the company states in its submission to the National Energy Board, the federal government’s Calgary-based regulatory agency. “Spill response and cleanup creates business and employment opportunities for affected communities, regions, and cleanup service providers.”
This is a marvellous new approach, that should be used everywhere. Think of all the doctors and nurses employed dealing with the 78 million injuries and deaths caused by cars. And how many jobs are created in the construction industry rebuilding houses after floods and storms exacerbated by climate change?
I think I am going to go out right now and break some windows; those glaziers need work.