Stop Energy East Calls on NDP to Oppose Pipeline

13 11 2014

HALIFAX CALLS ON NDP FOR TRUE ACCOUNTABILITY ON CLIMATE CHANGE.

Locals urge party to ask for climate review of proposed Energy East Pipeline

Halifax, NS – Members of Stop Energy East Halifax are meeting with Megan Leslie to deliver a strong message from her constituents: You can’t be a leader on climate change and support the Energy East Pipeline. The action is in light of two recent events; the release of final climate change report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the decision of TransCanada to file its proposal for the Energy East Pipeline with the National Energy Board.

The IPCC report has provided the most clear and dire warnings to date. “The scientific case for prioritizing action on climate change is clearer than ever. We have little time before the window of opportunity to stay within 2ºC of warming closes,”  said R. K. Pachauri, Chair of the IPCC. “To keep a good chance of staying below 2ºC, and at manageable costs, our emissions should drop by 40 to 70 percent globally between 2010 and 2050, falling to zero or below by 2100. We have that opportunity, and the choice is in our hands.”

The New Democratic Party’s (NDP) private member’s Bill (C-619), introduced by Matthew Kellway, shows significant leadership in establishing policy that seriously confronts climate change. Bill C-619 calls for a 2025 target in keeping with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change call to action and affirms the importance of five-year commitment periods. These targets set the stage for positive goals for national action on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable transportation.

“Policy is not enough. Confronting climate change means addressing the impacts of specific infrastructure projects like Energy East and their long-term implications for fossil fuel dependence and greenhouse gas emissions.” said Evelien VanderKloet, a member of Stop Energy East Halifax.  Projects like the Energy East pipeline are inconsistent with climate protection.”

TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would increase national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 32 million tonnes: equivalent to the GHG emissions of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland & Labrador combined, or putting 7 million extra cars on Canadian roads every year. If built, the pipeline would facilitate a 40% expansion of the oil sands, Canada’s largest and fastest growing source of GHGs.

“We call on the New Democratic Party to require that the National Energy Board conduct a comprehensive climate change impact assessment on Energy East and all fossil fuel project proposals.” said VanderKloet. “That assessment must consider the cumulative impact of each project, in conjunction with all other fossil fuel projects, to Canada’s ability to rapidly and drastically reduce its own emissions and do its part to avoid catastrophic climate change.”

The group is delivering several hundred postcards, originally sent out to advertise the NDP climate change accountability act. The postcards have been signed by community members who oppose the proposed pipeline and they all carry the same message: “You can’t be a leader on climate and support Energy East.”

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Stop Energy East Halifax is a grassroots organisation created by citizens concerned about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of the proposed Energy East pipeline. You can reach them at stopenergyeasthalifax@gmail.com.

Name: Kiki Wood

(902) 489-3925

Email kiki.wood@gmail.com

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15 11 2014
mike

Alberta our neighbor are being poisoned they lost 50% of the caribou heard the Athabascan river is now poisoned 1 litre of toxic waste seeps out of settling ponds for every 120 that they have in side the employs are getting sick the natives are getting rare cancers.they have devastated the size of Florida.the pipeline will cary 1.1 million barrels of dilbit it will take at the very least 5 minutes to stop the flow when a leak or a total rupture happens that is 3.5 transport a second x60 seconds x 5 minimum transport .it will take them 5 days or so to come to clean up the spill .some river flow at 15 km a day.the fire department will be asked to barricade the spill putting themselves at risk.the toxic fumes will make many people ill children adults elderly new born even those not born yet.they have proven they can only clean up up to 10% of the spills.it is highly toxic and flammable.the jobs needed does not out way the risk.the live of many out ways the corporate greed.this government must start looking at ways to run this country more efficiently.it does not take more money it takes responsible spending.

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