TRUDEAU AND FOSSIL FUELS
On April 20, the Trudeau government, as part of its economic responses to the ravages of the pandemic crisis, announced that it was allotting 1.7 billion dollars to the fossil fuel industry to help clean up orphaned oil and gas wells. There was also an additional 750 million dollars to reduce industrial methane emissions. This is a small step in the right direction of assuming our environmental responsibilities.
News about our government’s actions during COVID-19, in relation to a potential oil and gas bail-out, is coming in fast! Toronto350 members support a just recovery where funds go directly to workers, people and communities, helping create a greener, healthier future. This post is the first in a series of responses. Also, see the end of the blog for a recap of what’s happened provincially and federally so far.
As COVID-19 chases us inside and shuts the door behind us, it also shines a bright light on the cracks in our society. People struggle to meet their families’ needs and care for loved ones who are ill, immunocompromised or disabled. They face isolation and uncertainty. Groups of people, including migrant workers and precarious workers, the homeless and low-income renters are especially vulnerable. Health care workers raise the alarm about inadequate supplies and resources.
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Before Christmas, pro-pipeline protesters gathered in Alberta, worried about their jobs and their families. The week before, I was at a protest in Toronto opposing a pipeline in British Columbia, because I’m worried about the climate and my family (especially my 4-year-old child). Both pro and anti-pipeline protests have continued into 2019. Recently, the urgency of these protests seems to have slowed down a little bit -- perhaps because of a slight uptick in the price of oil on international markets, something that is actually pretty much beyond the control of the Canadian government.
In August 2018, when the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the review of the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) fell short and overturned its approval, many of us felt an upsurge of hope. The National Energy Board (NEB) had a do-over - another chance to apply a thorough climate test, spare the Southern Resident Orcas greater existential stress, and protect the coast from the heightened chance of a bitumen spill. Canada also had another opportunity to honestly consult and seek consent from the First Nations who’s lives and lands the TMX impacts.Read more
On April 14th, Canada's premiers will meet in Quebec to strike a deal on a cross-Canada Energy Strategy -- and the current plan would fast-track dangerous tar sands expansion pipelines like Energy East.
We need to tell Canada's premiers that climate leadership and tar sands expansion don't mix.
Canada can't lead on climate and dig up the tar sands. Big Oil is already planning at least five tar sands export pipelines, including the massive Energy East project, and if they get their way they'll dig up enough dirty tar sands oil to blow away Canada's climate goals.
Sign this petition to stop the fast-tracked pipeline deal, and we'll deliver it to their meeting in April.
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