Cross Country Checkup

Can a pipeline expansion and climate emergency co-exist?

On Monday, the House of Commons declared a 'national climate emergency'. On Tuesday, Justin Trudeau announced an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Can the two find balance?
Steel pipe to be used in the oil pipeline construction of the Canadian government’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project lies at a stockpile site in Kamloops, B.C., on June 18, 2019. (Dennis Owen/Reuters)
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The House of Commons passed a non-binding motion Monday declaring that Canada is in the midst of a "national climate emergency."

The next day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet approved an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline (TMX).

Pledging all profits from TMX to climate change efforts, Trudeau says that climate action can co-exist with a growing energy economy — but not everyone's convinced.

Our question this week: Can a pipeline expansion and climate emergency co-exist?


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