Im sort of split on this issue.
I'm not hugely familiar with the entire Enbridge Plan. My biggest fear, and I think its shared with a lot of the people against the pipeline, is a tanker accident in the waterways approaching Kitimat. My other fear is obviously a pipeline failure. I have a lot of faith in naval architecture and civil engineering, but in the end it comes down to probabilities and money, no pipeline is perfect.
I think the jobs/economic argument is sound. Every city in British Columbia exists through the economy of natural resources, primarily mining and forestry. The pipeline would a be a long term boost to every town on its route. Higher employment, lower poverty, better standards of living...
There are so many bigger questions that this pipeline brings up. If we weren't dependent on oil, what would we be dependant on? All sources of energy have the ups and downs. All have negative environmental impacts.
You are obviously extremely passionate about this issue, and I suspect your dad is as well, and its important to have those views discussed regarding this huge decision. In response to your posts:
Please break your paragraphs up!
I would be careful to claim that its not all about cute animals, but the bigger picture, and then go on to discuss the Spirit Bear. Also, a ski hill is a bad analogy regarding protecting the environment, clear cutting land so that humans can be dragged uphill by diesel engines for fun.
You have good points, but they're coming off as dick, hippy rants. You haven't even mentioned the Talmadge Creek oil spill, probably one of the strongest arguments against another Enbridge pipeline. Direct people to the "List of oil spills" wikipedia page and scroll through looking for Canadian and US spills.