OTTAWA – The Council of Canadians is available to comment on the Canadian Energy Strategy the premiers are set to release – one that would fast-track oil pipelines without making firm commitments to reducing climate pollution.
“People understand that new pipelines will lead to tar sands expansion. This is incompatible with doing our part to address climate change. Why don’t the premiers get it?” asks Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Campaigner with the Council of Canadians. “It is high time to recognize the opportunities in shifting away from fossil fuels – good jobs, less pollution, and fewer impacts on frontline communities. This starts with ending the expansion of extreme forms of energy like tar sands extraction and fracking, which have even worse impacts on people and the environment than conventional energy sources.”
“Premiers must not trade away effective action for consensus,” says Maude Barlow, National Chairperson with the Council of Canadians. “This moment in history demands decisive action to protect our climate, water and communities. Our leaders must embrace it and not yield to the fossil fuel industry.”
Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate campaigner, Council of Canadians