Students battle pipeline in B.C. premier's backyard (Vancouver Sun)

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    VANCOUVER — University of B.C. students Rosalind Sadowski and Allison Stocks want nothing less than a fundamental change in Canada with a shift away from an economy fuelled by oil.

    Their goal is a very personal one: They are fearful of a future of increasing temperatures, droughts and rising oceans.

    It’s why they were out Saturday morning, collecting a dozen hard-won petition signatures by knocking on doors of well-kept, expensive homes in the UBC Endowment Lands.

    They were among 150 university and local high-school students who fanned out in B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s Vancouver-Point Grey riding to ask for support on a petition that calls for the premier to oppose the $5.5-billion Northern Gateway oil pipeline.

    While First Nations, environmentalists and some communities that protest the pipeline are concerned with the risk and effects of an oil spill, the students argue the oil flowing through the pipeline will produce more carbon emissions than already produced in British Columbia.

    UBC professor Kathryn Harrison has estimated the 525,000 barrels of oil per day that would be transported by the Northern Gateway pipeline will release 82.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year when eventually burned, more than the 67 million tonnes of greenhouse gases from all sources within B.C. in 2009.

    “It’s not that we have a choice about whether we will take action on climate change, it’s about how long we are going to delay that action and what negative consequences that is going to have on our generation,” says Sadowski, a fourth-year student studying environmental policy.

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