Anti-Oil Pipeline Activists Challenge Democracy and No Global Competitor will Follow Trudeau’s Climate Change Leadership says Friends of Science

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To find ourselves in situation where we might sacrifice all for the sake of one is harmful to public policy. What is at stake is a challenge to democracy

In a video interview entitled “No Pipeline is a Problem – A Challenge to Democracy” posted on YouTube, July 18, 2017, by Friends of Science Society, Ottawa energy policy consultant, Robert Lyman, expressed his opinion that anti-oil pipeline activism challenges democracy when it is not part of a civil, balanced discussion of broader social needs. Canada’s economy suffers from landlocked resources, even as the newly sworn-in NDP Premier John Horgan of British Columbia previously vowed to block Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, as reported May 2, 2017 by Global News.

Lyman was guest speaker at Friends of Science 14th Annual Event where his talk explored the question “Can Canada Survive Climate Change Policy?”

Lyman spent 27 years as a public servant in Ottawa and prior to that he was a diplomat for 10 years. In the interview, he explains that in terms of public policy, there are many competing objectives for society and the environment/climate change is just one.

“To find ourselves in situation where we might sacrifice all for the sake of one is harmful to public policy. What is at stake is a challenge to democracy,” Lyman explains.

He goes on to say that in a democracy there are competing objectives and thus open dialogue and respect for opposing points of view is essential.

“The problem is, in many case those who think climate change is catastrophic are not willing to listen,” he says. “The [Canadian] GHG emissions targets are unattainable with present technology.”

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