Letter: Blame our own selfishness, not oil companies


Re. "Port Moody targets 20 oil and gas companies for climate change reparations

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This has got to be the dumbest idea that I have ever heard.

The only reason the oil Industry produces oil is because someone is buying it. All that oil is used mainly to produce different types of fuel and plastics, both of which are bad for the environment.

But oil is only produced because we as a society want it.

This is not like suing the tobacco industry for lying to people for decades about the health effects of using their products. The oil industry has not done this nor do they to this day.

The best idea would be for all of us to sue ourselves for selfishly using this type of energy. As a relative always says to me, "If you don't want to pay high gas prices and lots of taxes on it, then don't drive."

Our former mayor in Port Coquitlam, Greg Moore, used to take his bicycle to work whenever he could. Are Port Moody councillors or other municipal council members doing this?

There are so many ways for us to conserve energy yet politicians will only do what will get them re-elected.

Is Port Moody council looking for more ways to raise money? Perhaps Port Moody council should redesign the city to be the first walkable one in Metro Vancouver. Densify and create new, innovative, energy-producing standards.

Corey Bronfen, Port Coquitlam


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