Letter: Protestors raise energy cost


Dear Editor,

Anti-pipeline protestors cost us big bucks.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents the oil and gas industry, Canada’s largest impact on our economy. 

CAPP has been running thousands of very expensive TV, radio, and print commercial ads which we have all seen/heard many times as they try to counter the negative public opinion image created by protesters. 

Where do they get the money for those ads?

The anti-pipeline protestors and First Nations receive a lot of their funding from foreign sources, like OPEC, US Rockefellers, US Tides Foundation (San Francisco), via The Dogwood Initiative and Forest Ethics through Tides Canada, Pembina Institute, Sierra Club, etc. 

Russia, with its disinformation and propaganda campaign, is also funding anti-fracking shale gas environmental protest groups, to curb competition of its stateowned giant Gazprom gas/oil monopoly, mostly to hold dependent the captive European market.

There appears, with plenty of evidence, a cynical economical trade-war at play to prevent Canada’s energy products from getting to world market. The Saudis have no shortage of cash to spend on their anti-competition campaigns, too, as they don’t like Canadian oil cutting into their American market share.   

Similar but flip-side to Russia/Europe, it’s in the Americans’ interest to have Canadian energy land-locked and dependent on them as our only discount customer. Once oil products are exportable abroad, the world market value is estimated to increase approximately 15-25 per cent, which the Americans would also be subject to. 

We should be careful of what we wish for, as Canada’s export products will get to market one way or another, either by pipeline or by rail. 

Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberals are promising that, if they gain power, Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipelines will not happen. 

If the Kinder Morgan pipeline twinning doesn’t happen, we could have here in Langley and the Fraser Valley  two-kilometre-long coal trains plus crude-oil trains, all day, all night.

Who do you think ultimately pays for all those expensive public relations battle counter-ads? Next time you fuel up at the high-priced pumps, guestimate your dollar contribution to the anti-progress protest movement. 

Roland Seguin, Langley

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