To the Editor,
Re: Permits OK’d for Site C dam, Oct. 16.
Please explain to me the logic behind flooding acres of farmland to create Site C dam, when we learn that California experiences a protracted drought and farmers are quitting. California claims it cannot continue to feed the rest of the U.S. and Canada. Food prices are expected to rise this winter. Would it not be more efficient to encourage our northern farmers to increase food production in B.C.?
Altering the natural environment for jobs takes people away from and destabilizes their families, with tremendous social and financial costs. Also, it ruins the habitat of wildlife.
Would it not make more long-term sense for taxpayer money to return to the people in the form of financial assistance to build solar-power facilities and retrofit their own homes to save energy? It appears to me that taxes and royalties from industry get cancelled out by government funding to build Site C dam.
It makes more sense to focus on alternative energy sources and to cut back on growth. Let that be our new industry. It only takes imagination, will and communal support to create a different economy, the need of which is quickly becoming evident with climate change.
Please explain to me the logic of not being logical.
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