EDMONTON – Whistler's master, BC, is the city of ski town near Vancouver and the main destination for international travelers, has written to 20 international power companies – including two with centers in Canada – wants money to compensate for the impact of climate change on its community.
The letter, dated November 15 and signed by President Jack Crompton, wants the companies to "" start to take financial responsibility for the damage to We have been related to our climate in our community by making their products.
"We are writing to ask your company to promise that Whistler's climate change costs are changing. Communities around the world expect that you take responsibility for what you're doing, "said Crompton letter. "We're looking forward to talking about how you will do that."
The list of companies that Crompton sent the letter into Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Calgary offices at PetroChina. Among other recipients there are four Russian companies, including Gazprom, which belong to the Russian government, five from the United States, Exxon Mobil and Chevron, and companies based in countries such as Italy, Brazil and France.
In a copy of the letter sent to the president of CNRL, Tim McKay, Crompton argues that Whistler, with around 12,000 permanent residents – and a few seasonal staff – will carry a burden heavy as a result of climate change. In 2018, the letter states that the city cost $ 1.4 million on "wild protection protection" and expects climate change to be & # 39; means that the skiing snow will be reduced, can be refined to & # 39; local main industry.
CNRL closed its request for a Post to comment, but talking about the letter has been in & # 39; hit the middle of Calgary in the past weeks, and drag chuckles from those who work in the oil and gas industry. In the energy release, BOE Report, Terry Etam, wrote: "Whistler is a huge throw to attract tourists from around the world, you might want to increase and tell your Your responsibility for increasing and helping CO2 emissions? "
In a statement to the post provided in response to a request for interview with the president, Crompton advised Whistler's benefits " significantly from visitors who are able to travel here due to fossil fuels. "
Most visitors to & # 39; town – he gets three million a year, the letter says – a motor on his / her; Sea to Sky Highway, which was extended for the 2010 Winter Games. There are more than 22,000 cars traveling daily, according to a transport report to & # 39; town. And there are more than 7,000 registered passenger cars at 12,000 Whistler residents.
"Our goal is not to take into account our own role in climate change but to stimulate change and activity on climate change," said Crompton's statement.
Cameron Proctor, the chief executive of PrairieSky's Principles, a company that regents royal domain, said to him; Post that the letter sent to CNRL was disappointed in the tune and as a result it was not going to summon the CIBC's largest conference of investors forward in Whistler in January.
"We think there is a lot of energy information that saves around Canada's power," said Proctor. "We can not do much today to make sure that uncertain information … but anything we can do is to vote with our cases and its & # 39; voting with our poles. "
CNRL spokesman Julie Woo, Friday, also confirmed that they have also supported, but she had no comments when asked why they made that decision. Gibson Energy also told the Post that they were not now going to meet the & # 39; conference.
In a video posted on Facebook on Thursday, Crompton said that the purpose of the letter should be called on to an actor on climate change. "Sorry I regret that someone was feeling unhappy," he said.
Western Environment Law, company who have helped draft letters to other cities, work with Whistler on the letter and provide postal addresses to the energy companies. Andrew Gage, a lawyer with the company, said the aim was to start talking about who should pay for the effects of climate change. Other jurisdictions have tried more practices; San Francisco and Oakland, for example, were attacking oil companies in a high quality case that a federal US judge was issued earlier this year. This said, Gage has not yet happened in Canada, but the company is hopeful that it will do so.
"We are making a huge increase in the costs that communities come forward as a result of climate change," said Gage. "I think there is a question, how do we pay taxpayers to pay for these high costs that increase?"
The town has no answers to its letters.