HAT Forum: pipeline questions

HAT Forum
Saturday 13 December 2014, 11:00-12:30
519 Church St., Meeting Room #304
Topic: Pipeline questions
Proposed by: Richard Dowsett
Note: The Forum will be shortened so that members can get to OISE for Paola Rodriguez Hidalgo's talk on quasars

The constant wrangle over the building of the Keystone XL pipeline has raised the profile Pipeline Questions in public discourse and in the media. What can we say about it as Humanists? as Citizens?
1. Economic - Is a pipeline from Alberta a key economic driver for Canada's future? What are the benefits to Canadians?
2. Environmental Direct - What are environmental risks of pipelines? How much risk is acceptable? Is the current regulatory framework enough to make the pipeline owners truly accountable? 

3. Environmental Indirect - Some see tar-sand oil as an environmental catastrophe on it's own. Does investing billions in a pipeline "double down" on the tar-sands investment and dedicate Canada to a "fossil fuels at all costs" future?
4. Political - Who gets a say? Who gets to decide? Should levels government use Eminent Domain methods to force the cooperation from landowners in the name of a national interest?