OneCity Vancouver strongly opposes the planned expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline. Our members and candidates have been active in community resistance to the expansion, and will use all the tools available, as locally elected leaders, to ensure that it doesn't get built. The climate science is clear: we need to transition away from fossil fuels, and into a clean energy economy. Expanding fossil fuel infrastructure, like this pipeline, is a giant step in the wrong direction, and a waste of public and private funds that must be directed toward climate solutions.
Tanker traffic through Vancouver and all along the BC coast should not be expanded - the risk of a spill is too high. This pipeline should not be built - the climate impacts are too large. We need to invest at every level in a just transition to a clean energy economy. We are firmly committed to these things.
Those most impacted by the effects of climate change, vulnerable and low-income communities, locally and globally, deserve to be prioritized in the implementation of climate solutions. Public transit needs to be affordable, accessible, and robust. We need complete communities that are diverse and affordable. Local jobs need to pay well to ensure those who work here can live here and to reduce long commute times. Greening efforts should be culturally aware, and conscious of the needs of people with disabilities. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples needs to be upheld and Indigenous communities must have real free, prior, and informed consent on proposed developments within their territories.
Multinational fossil fuel companies need to be held accountable for the impact of their products and the damage caused by climate change, as well as for the ways they have suppressed climate science, fuelled climate denial, and lobbied against real climate action. Divestment from fossil fuels and legal cases against these corporations from cities like New York, are important ways for local governments to participate in demanding this accountability and should be part of Vancouver's toolbox.
In the absence of bold climate action from more senior levels of government, Vancouver and other local governments should continue to lead the way, expanding existing Greenest City efforts to include a clear climate justice focus.