Some taxpayers are not thinking of the positive sides of what pipelines can do for them financially. If the pipelines do go ahead, large royalties will be paid to the B.C. government, which is really us.
B.C. taxpayers could have a few options: eliminating the provincial sales tax or medical premiums or even receiving an annual royalty cheque. In Alaska, the Alyeska pipeline has provided the average citizen an annual cheque of $1,108.45 a year for 30 years. It’s better than buying lottery tickets.
Some people ask, what’s the risk of an oil spill, which is real. But these same people get up every morning and do not know what will happen to them.
Going on a vacation? What if the plane goes down? You might have a car accident. Some of us have jobs that can end in an accident. Our health can suddenly deteriorate.
In summary, we all take chances every day. So why not take the benefits of the pipelines?