The Mayor of Whistler British Columbia tried to squeeze some social justice cash from oil and gas companies, but it hilariously blew up in his face.
The drama unfolded while I was in Poland covering the UN’s global warming summit, but the slow-moving train wreck started over a month earlier when on November 15, 2018, Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton sent a letter to Calgary-based oil company CNRL, complaining that taxpayers in the municipality are paying one hundred per cent of the costs associated with so-called climate change events like drought, flooding and other extreme weather.
Crompton’s demand letter asked CNRL to pay into what he called “climate change” being experienced by Whistler, including a $1.4M investment in community wildfire protection activities for 2018.
The whole ridiculous stunt was part of an environmental NGO blackmail campaign. According to the Vancouver Sun, more than a dozen other B.C. municipalities recently voted to join an effort led by West Coast Environmental Law asking oil and gas companies to chip in for the costs local governments pay for climate change.
Then the whole petty performance went up in smoke like a backyard tire fire.
When CIBC found out what Crompton had done, the bank scrapped the energy portion of its annual investor conference in Whistler, to be held next month.
I believe fossil fuels make life easier, more prosperous, safer, longer and more sanitary for all of peoplekind. But the Mayor of Whistler thinks they’ll be the end of us all.
Today I’ll lay out all the ways the town and the mayor himself are addicted to fossil fuels, from his past life as a cab company owner, to the kinds of visitors Whistler courts, to their well groomed slopes and tidy golf courses.
If you think fossil fuels are killing the planet, then it might be time to ban Whistler!