Toronto, ON — Quebec and Ontario have shown important leadership by taking action on climate change. They should not allow their efforts to be swamped by giving the irresponsible Energy East pipeline project a pass.
Any credible review by either province of Energy East’s greenhouse gas emissions must include a review of upstream climate impacts, such as was done by the U.S State Department in its review of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Massive export pipelines like Energy East are intended to enable rapid expansion of tar sands oil production. This expansion and the associated increase of emissions are directly linked to the Energy East project. The oil will not come out of the ground unless Energy East is built.
Producing the additional oil needed to fill Energy East would increase Canada’s net greenhouse gas pollution by 32 million tonnes, equivalent to putting seven million new cars on Canada’s roads. This is as much climate pollution as was reduced when Ontario shut down all its coal-fired power plants over the last decade. This number does not include the emissions from burning the oil.
Leadership on climate change requires a serious change in the way Canadians think of major fossil-fuel infrastructure projects. We cannot afford to lock into rising global warming emissions for decades to come.
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