From Marc Lee’s testimony to the Joint Review Panel on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project:
Spending $5 billion on public transit, building retrofits, renewable energy and so forth would generate between 3 to 36 times more jobs than investing in the pipeline. A modest carbon tax of $10 a tonne applied nationally would generate $5 billion per year, every year, that could facilitate such investments.
Of course, the petrocrats pushing dangerous pipeline projects are just pretending to care about job creation to win public support. The projects we really need to start working on offer useful employment, reduce our climate change and energy risk, and improve the quality of our communities.