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Is there really an economic case for Kinder Morgan? 

By Susan Riley      

The future is unknowable, but perhaps Alberta oil will find a market in Asia. Maybe the oil will flow for 40 years so that Kinder Morgan makes back its investment. Maybe governments will kick our climate targets down the road a few more decades and keep pretending.

Pipelines, politics and people: People pictured April 7, 2018 protesting against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline at Burnaby Mountain. Photograph courtesy of Flickr

CHELSEA, QUE.—The environmental dangers involved in the controversial twinning of the Kinder Morgan pipeline through British Columbia are easy to see, if not to quantify. The first is increased odds of a calamitous spill in the face of a sevenfold increase in oil tanker traffic in Vancouver Harbour. The second is that, by extending the life of existing oil sands plants, if not stimulating new production, the pipeline will lead to greater greenhouse gas emissions and make our already remote Paris climate targets unreachable.

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