Climate agreement undermined by pipeline expansion plans

Media Release
December 9, 2016

The Canadian government has fumbled a critical opportunity to be a climate leader, diversify the economy and create sustainable jobs, says the Council of Canadians. Today’s announcement clashes with the government’s decision to support the planned 30 per cent increase in pipeline capacity, and Alberta’s oil sands emission cap that allows emissions from that sector to increase by 43 per cent.

“Instead of coming up with a concrete plan to transition off fossil fuels to clean energy, the government is providing cover for the construction of new pipelines and natural gas projects, demonstrating a lack of willingness to face the climate crisis,” says Daniel Cayley-Daoust, Energy and Climate Campaigner with the Council of Canadians.

The Council of Canadians will continue to champion ambitious action to fight climate change, including public and community owned renewable energy, and justice based solutions like the Delivering Community Power initiative, which have been completely ignored by the federal government.

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