Drawing well over 150 people, the Energy East consultation in Stittsville last night was a boisterous event with a clear majority questioning the project. There were outbursts of applause, communal guffawing and a clear sense that people had a lot to say about this undeniably controversial pipeline.
The overarching theme that emerged was the need for the Ontario Energy Board process to consider the significant climate pollution associated with the pipeline project. Many voices expressed that we are at a critical juncture on climate change, that we need to start reducing climate pollution. A project that could unleash the CO2 equivalent of all of the cars in Ontario for a year (Energy East would unleash 30 to 32 million tonnes of climate pollution every year), is simply not the right choice.