Caribou - Endangered
Submission to the Senate Committee on Energy
Re: Bill C-38
John Bennett, Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada
Thursday, May 31 201
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We are just a week away from #BlackOutSpeakOut day (June 4th). I can tell you the campaign momentum is building! The list of participating organizations is over 100 and growing! Maude Barlow just told me The Council of Canadians is also joining the protest. All across the country Canadians are recognizing that silence is not an option in face of the war on nature and democracy.
This week here in Ottawa we have two events:
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It has been a busy few weeks here in Ottawa and across the country. People everywhere are talking about devastating changes to environmental law and regulation (Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and Fisheries Act) undemocratically crammed into the federal budget.... Read more »
OTTAWA, April 11 (Reuters) - Although Canada's output of greenhouse gases was almost unchanged in 2010 from 2009, the major oil producer will find it tough to meet its 2020 emissions-cut target, government figures signaled on Wednesday.
Conservative government officials hailed the data, which showed emissions in Canada rose by just 0.25 percent in 2010 from the year before, hitting 692 megatons. The economy grew by 3.2 percent in the same period.
Canada has committed to cutting emissions to 607 megatons by 2020, a goal that critics say will be very hard to meet due to big increases in production in the oil-rich tar sands of northern Alberta. Tar sands output generates more greenhouse gases than conventional oil production.
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Following the Oilsands Reclamation Research News Conference at the University of Alberta, Sierra Club Prairie offers the below comment from Executive Director Chelsea Flook:
" This report provides strong independent scientific evidence that we need a moratorium on new oilsands leases in order to do some real accounting on trading carbon sinks for carbon time bombs. Industry and government claims of reclamation amounts to nothing more than greenwashing and the liabilities leave Albertan's on the hook for cleaning up after industry's reclamation debt. While the government stalls, 30 000 hectares of peat land have been lost. Companies have no obligation to restore or compensate for destroyed wetlands."
For further comment, please call Chelsea Flook at 780-722-1226... Read more »