For Immediate Release
350.org Responds to Canada’s Plans for Climate Test on Pipelines
WASHINGTON - In response to the Government of Canada’s announcement that they would be implementing a climate test on pipelines, 350.org’s Canadian Tar Sands Organizer Cameron Fenton issued this response:
“It’s great that the government is listening to the thousands of people across Canada demanding climate tests on fossil fuel development in this country. We applaud this step in the right direction, but Prime Minister Trudeau is smart enough to know that you can’t fix a car while it’s driving. Each day he allows the illegitimate National Energy Board reviews to continue makes it that much harder to keep his promise to stop approving pipelines using Stephen Harper’s rules.
Any credible climate test that meets Canada’s commitment to a 1.5ºC limit on climate change should mean the end of projects like the Energy East and Kinder Morgan tar sands pipelines. Climate leadership and tar sands don’t mix and it’s past time that Canadian politicians stopped squabbling over this pipeline or that pipeline and woke up to the 21st century. It’s time that we get on with building a just, clean energy economy.”
350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.