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    Default Whistler wants Alberta oil and gas company to pay for resort's climate change costs

    The people in this country have gone crazy...

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    Mayor Jack Crompton is asking Calgary-based CNRL to pay in to "the costs of climate change being experienced by Whistler," such as wildfire protection

    RYAN RUMBOLT Updated: December 13, 2018

    The municipality of Whistler, B.C., is asking the oil and gas industry to pay its “fair share” by chipping in for budget costs related to climate change.

    In a letter addressed to Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. dated Nov. 15, Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton said the town’s taxpayers “are paying 100 per cent of the costs” associated with climate change events such as “drought, flooding, and extreme weather.”

    He’s asking CNRL to pay in to “the costs of climate change being experienced by Whistler,” including the municipalities’ “$1.4 million investment in community wildfire protection activities” for 2018.

    “As a town with a population of less than 15,000 people, this is a significant cost to bear along with costs associated with impacts to winter and summer sports tourism,” he said in the letter.

    The request is part of a campaign by West Coast Environmental Law and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities “demanding accountability from fossil fuel companies,” the campaign website reads.

    More than a dozen B.C. municipalities dating back to 2017 have sent similar letters to energy companies, including an open letter from the District of West Vancouver.

    CNRL was the only Canadian company to receive the Whistler letter, but similar requests for funding from the resort were sent to 19 international producers, including British Petroleum, ExxonMobil, ConoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell and Devon Energy.

    A draft of the letter was penned by the resort’s outgoing council before a municipal election on Oct. 20.

    Crompton said he acknowledges Whistler “benefits greatly” from tourism dollars from the fossil fuel industry, saying Whistler is not ignoring its own role in climate change but rather encouraging “action on climate change.”

    “Our goal was to draw attention to climate change. In no way was our aim to cause anyone to feel unwelcome in Whistler,” he said in a statement.

    Tristan Goodman, president of the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, said he understands the issues being raised around climate change, but added singling out companies over a global problem doesn’t seem logical.

    He said the letters will likely rankle people who rely on the energy sector and even urged travellers to “reconsider their activities and participation in resorts” who have signed on to the campaign.

    “We have to remember most of Whistler’s clients are actually driving or coming (there) using fossil fuels . . . They might want to consider their customer base as they move forward,” Goodman said.

    Prasad Panda, UCP energy shadow minister and MLA for Calgary Foothills, said any agreements on private sector climate change funding “is between the companies and the municipalities.”

    “If they come to an agreement mutually . . . beneficial to those communities and the companies’ balance sheets are strong enough to support that, that’s between them,” Panda said.

    CNRL declined to comment on the letter when reached Wednesday night.

    — With files from Chris Varcoe

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    Its that the small minority of people like this are being given a platform now. Clicks sell news - thats all that matters. More stories like this = more clicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by revelations View Post
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    Its that the small minority of people like this are being given a platform now. Clicks sell news - thats all that matters. More stories like this = more clicks.
    Well when they've tricked the world into believing that driving an SUV is the reason the world is supposedly warming, then shit like this becomes real news.

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    why not go to GM and Ford and say hey you guys pay for this?
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    Oil companies should stop shipments to all gas stations in New York immediately to reduce further liabilities stemming from this lawsuit.
    This was my comment when NY sued for climate change. Replace New York with BC haha.
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    Sue the ranchers and their farting cattle

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    They should also sue the SJW/#metoo movement for making it not cold outside anymore, baby

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtsniffer View Post
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    why not go to GM and Ford and say hey you guys pay for this?
    They should sue anyone who ever purchased a product made using petroleum.

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    One thing that bothers me more than it probably should is when people refer to BP as British Petroleum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKR View Post
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    One thing that bothers me more than it probably should is when people refer to BP as British Petroleum.
    Why? I think a lot of ignorant people think BP is an American company, so I don’t mind.


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    Hmm... last time I checked people from the Lower Mainland don’t teleport to Whistler? All the gas guzzling SUVs heading up the Sea-to-Sky though...

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    The only thing that makes sense is much higher fuel taxes. At least 5x higher than today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by masoncgy View Post
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    Hmm... last time I checked people from the Lower Mainland don’t teleport to Whistler? All the gas guzzling SUVs heading up the Sea-to-Sky though...
    Aren't they all Teslas yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-hop View Post
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    Why? I think a lot of ignorant people think BP is an American company, so I don’t mind.
    The name is BP. It hasn't been British Petroleum for a long time. People act like they have this inside information that BP stands for British Petroleum, and at one time it did, but it's just BP now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKR View Post
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    The name is BP. It hasn't been British Petroleum for a long time. People act like they have this inside information that BP stands for British Petroleum, and at one time it did, but it's just BP now.
    Yea but c’mon that’s like saying someone calling a guy named ‘JP’ Jean-Phillipe is wrong. Fact is the initials BP absolutely stands for British petroleum, the only reason they shortened is through the years of combinations it would have made for a ridiculously long name.

    With their environmental record most people assume they are an American company, hell might even be to keep British citizens happy because their garbage record isn’t immediately associated with Britain haha


    Edit: and to be honest if that annoys BP employees I encourage people to use it, what an awful company
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    May as well rename Encana while we're at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtsniffer View Post
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    May as well rename Encana while we're at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-hop View Post
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    Fact is the initials BP absolutely stands for British petroleum,
    That isn't a fact though. We all know what they mean when they say British Petroleum, but that's not the name of the company and it hasn't been for two decades. I don't know if people make a point of calling it British Petroleum to look smart, like they were able to solve some ancient mystery of what could the letters stand for, or what their deal is. But it's dumb and they look dumb and they are dumb. And if a person is a journalist, it would do them good to have their shit right.

    Also, ConocoPhillips is misspelled. This article sucks and the author can go fuck his mouth.
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    I like to refer to Imperial as xto. Makes me feel smart
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKR View Post
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    Also, ConocoPhillips is misspelled. This article sucks and the author can go fuck his mouth.
    fukin LOLD. Well done sir.

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