WASHINGTON — Five prominent Canadian environmentalists told Washington lawmakers this week that the Keystone XL pipeline will lead to such a huge growth in oilsands’ carbon emissions, it will help tip the world into catastrophic climate change.
Although Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently told Americans that Canada would not take “no for an answer” on the pipeline, until the project is approved, the environmentalists said further expansion of the oilsands should be immediately stopped – followed by a gradual shutdown of all operations.
“The current trajectory for the growth of the tar sands is consistent with the International Energy Agency’s prediction of a six-degree (Celsius) growth in the temperature on the planet,” Tim Gray, executive director of Environmental Defence Canada, told reporters Friday at a news conference. “That is a catastrophic scenario.”
“Most of the oil that remains in the ground in Alberta has to stay there,” he added.
The environmentalists, who included broadcaster and scientist David Suzuki, came to the U.S. capital to counter what they claim is a disinformation campaign waged over the last eight months by Canadian politicians….
- Group Blasts Oilsands in U.S. by William Marsden (zcommunications.org)
- Canadian environmentalists paint catastrophic picture of oilsands for U.S. lawmakers (calgaryherald.com)
- Environmentalists to Obama: Harper hasn’t followed through on pollution promises (globalnews.ca)
- Environmentalists to Obama: Nix pipeline regardless of Canada’s climate vows (calgaryherald.com)