It’s Big Oil, not environmentalists, who are foreign-funded
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) may rue the day they made foreign funding a public issue. Did it not dawn on CAPP that crusading against a pittance of foreign funding of environmentalists trying to block the transportation and carbon pollution of oil sands oil would blow back and reveal just how foreign funded CAPP and Big Oil in Canada are?
Canada shouldn’t export its oil
Environmental concerns about Energy East go much deeper than the threat of bitumen spills. Its proposed capacity of 1.1 million barrels a day, making it the most capacious oil pipeline in North America, is so great it could single-handedly allow oilsands expansion of more than 40 per cent.
Premiers blowing hot air on climate change
Building more export pipelines will encourage more Sands oil production and raise greenhouse gases. Production from the oilsands, rather than Canadians’ oil and natural gas use, are Canada’s fastest growing source of emissions. Growth in Sands emissions has recently added more carbon to the atmosphere than Ontario’s phase-out of coal-fired electricity has eliminated.
Plan for a low-carbon Alberta
We must build a diversified economy while transitioning off the oilsands. New industries and jobs must be created around a green economy that builds on Alberta’s highly educated and skilled workforce.
An Energy Security Program for Canada
We are seeing an international paradigm shift on climate change, which will bypass Canada if we remain locked into unlimited energy exports. Until Canada gets a “Mexican exemption” and exits NAFTA’s energy-proportionality clause, there is little chance of Canada fulfilling its modest, international Kyoto targets, let alone going far beyond them.