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Precaution and common sense

By Rex Weyler

Over 2500 years ago, Chinese Taoist Lao Tzu included precaution among his attributes of wisdom in the Tao Te Ching: “Those who rush ahead don’t go far,” he warned.

“Better safe than sorry,” my mother warned me many times. Most mothers have said something similar: “Safety first” or “look before you leap.” Yorkshire writer Charlotte Brontë, went one-step farther: “Look twice before you leap.” Japanese mothers may say, “Yudan taiteki”: “Rashness is your enemy.” 

Precaution is common sense and would have prevented virtually all of Earth’s current ecological crises. Instead, in the stampede to plunder Earth’s bounty and accrue wealth, humanity has actually made itself poorer by degrading the real wealth, Earth’s rivers, oceans, soil, atmosphere, and biological diversity. 

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The US Has More Oil Spills Than We Thought

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are an average of 5 oil, or gas, incidents a week; more than 3 million gallons are spilled in the US spilled every year. The US has more oil spills than we thought and the number doubled after production increased six years ago.
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Vancouver’s Second Oil Spill of the Year

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Within hours of Vancouver’s second oil spill of the year, BC’s Minister of Environment  announced the province will move ahead on plans for a World-leading spill response team.

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Impending Hearings on BC’s Kinder Morgan Pipeline

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe next act in what some are already calling a struggle to Save the Salish Sea began on December 16, 2013, when Kinder Morgan filed an application to build and extend the 1,150-mile-long Trans Mountain pipeline that brings oil from Alberta to BC’s Lower Mainland. The impending hearings on BC’s Kinder Morgan Pipeline project could shape the province’s environmental prospects for decades.
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