Last year the world’s leading climate scientists, the IPCC, issued a “code red” for humanity and outlined how we had to stop oil and gas drilling if we wanted a liveable future. But still we drill. Take three countries who like to see themselves as climate leaders…
The New Year is meant to be a time of celebration. A time of hope and renewal. But not so for the First Nation Wet’suwet’en, who are trying to stop the disastrous Coastal Gas Link pipeline being built on their unceded land in British Columbia.
“This is a major victory for Indigenous resistance and the climate. Trudeau needs to stop supporting this risky project immediately, and end all fossil fuel subsidies,” said Kyle Gracey of OCI.
The new report shows that Indigenous communities resisting the more than 20 fossil fuel projects analyzed have stopped or delayed greenhouse gas pollution equivalent to at least 25 percent of annual U.S. and Canadian emissions.
More than 500 organizations called on policymakers in the U.S. and Canada to reject Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a dangerous distraction and to end the “carbon capture of climate policy.”
We’re in the middle of an unprecedented global health emergency and economic crash, we can’t afford for the federal government to bail out a sector in terminal decline. Workers and communities are struggling right now – there are still massive gaps in Canada’s COVID-19 response packages that are putting millions at risk of losing their homes, jobs, and health. It is criminal for Trudeau to be pursuing a massive handout to Big Oil instead of ensuring these basic needs are met.
This is what climate momentum looks like. Teck Resources has just withdrawn its C$20 billion application to build what was the largest ever tar sands mine in northern Alberta.
According to the Star newspaper, a federal Canadian corporation might lend money to support the highly controversial Coastal GasLink pipeline, with a decision expected next week.
Over 40 Nobel Laureates are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Freeland to do the right thing for our shared climate and reject the Teck Frontier tar sands mine.
What is Trudeau willing to do? He has a choice. He can carry on the fossil fuel economy, and bludgeon First Nations rights in the process or he can de-escalate, de-carbonise and de-colonise.