For immediate release July 18, 2011
Ad Asks Whether National Energy Strategy Will be “All Hat, No Cattle”
Energy and Mines Ministers Meeting Today in Kananaskis
Toronto, ON – A full page ad running in the Western Edition of the Globe and Mail today asks whether a national energy strategy under discussion by energy and mines ministers in Kananaskis, Alberta will be “All Hat, No Cattle” – a metaphor for empty talk. The ad is being commissioned by several non-governmental organizations from across the country.
The ad reads:
All Hat, No Cattle? There’s been a lot of chatter from the oil patch and from the Alberta Government about the need for a national energy strategy. The idea may have some merit if done well. But, if it’s just an excuse for more global warming pollution from more oil expansion and more pipelines, then it will be a bunch of empty talk – all hat and no cattle.
A real energy strategy will chart a responsible pathway off fossil fuels, will ensure the security of our children, and will restore Canada’s international competitiveness and catch up to other countries in the emerging clean energy economy. Now that would be a good strong herd.”
Over the past months, oil industry representatives, environmental groups and the Alberta government have been pressing for a national energy strategy, an issue that is slated for discussion at the Kananaskis meeting. Environmental and other civil society organizations are calling on the ministers to go far beyond the short term and high-risk interests of oil companies* – towards the safe, clean and reliable energy future that Canadians deserve.
The signatories to the ad are: Climate Action Network Canada, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, Dogwood Initiative, Ecology Action Centre, Équiterre, Environmental Defence, ForestEthics, Greenpeace, Leadnow.ca, and Manitoba Wildlands.
Download the ad in pdf format here
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* Oil companies are the principle sponsor of the ministerial meeting, covering approximately 1/3 of the costs.
For more information or to arrange an interview with one of the nine participating organizations, please contact:
Erin Charter, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 258, 647-210-7888 (cell), echarter@environmentaldefence.ca (English media)
Alizée Cauchon, Equiterre, 514-409-6198, 514-522-2000 (French media)