Toronto, ON – Today’s decision by President Obama to veto the Keystone XL bill shows the growing gap between Canadian and American leadership when it comes to action on climate change.
Immediately after President Obama was elected in 2008, the Canadian government said it would work with the U.S. to reduce carbon emissions. The U.S. is on track to meet its 2020 carbon pollution target while Canada is nowhere close, in large part because our federal government has focused on expanding the tar sands at all costs.
The Prime Minister mismanaged the Keystone XL pipeline not because he could have done more to get it approved, but because the world is transitioning away from oil, especially the dirtiest and most expensive form of oil. And the government is failing to lead Canada in that direction.
The past few months have seen unprecedented opposition to pipelines within Canada. A growing climate movement is speaking out against TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline proposal, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway proposed pipeline and Kinder Morgan’s proposal to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline. Last month, over 100,000 Canadians wrote to the National Energy Board expressing their concerns about Energy East.
Canada does not need more tar sands pipelines. Canada already ships
2 million barrels of dirty oil every day through pipelines at a time when the world is transitioning off oil. Canada needs action on climate change. All federal and provincial politicians should make this their priority.
About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Naomi Carniol, Environmental Defence, 416-570-2878 (cell); ncarniol@environmentaldefence.ca