Statement from Adam Scott, Climate and Energy Program Manager with Environmental Defence on the Quebec National Assembly Resolution on Energy East
Toronto, ON — Yesterday, the Quebec National Assembly demonstrated the climate leadership that has been lacking to date in Canada.
By calling on Quebec to assume provincial jurisdiction to assess the climate impacts of the proposed Energy East pipeline project, the Assembly has recognized the federal regulatory process for energy projects is broken.
The National Energy Board is barred by the federal government from considering the upstream air, water and climate impacts of the projects it reviews, regardless of how serious those impacts may be.
Canada cannot live up to its commitments to reduce climate pollution if the proposed Energy East pipeline is built. The project would increase Canada’s climate pollution by 32 million tonnes, more than what would be produced by adding seven million new cars to the road.
We expect Quebec to follow through on this resolution, and call on the Ontario government to join with Quebec and review all of the potential impacts of Energy East, including the pipeline’s contribution to climate change.
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