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Oil giants chipped in $180,000 to help Canada's energy ministers have “unbiased” discussions about our energy future.
by Graham Saul, Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada.
Energy ministers from across Canada have just returned from an all-expenses-paid tour of the tar sands, given to them by the oil companies themselves. Now, they are sitting down to debate the future of energy policy in Canada at a meeting in Kananaskis, Alberta. This is the face of climate corruption in Canada.
Canada is at a crossroads, and it appears that our leadership has been seriously compromised. While much of the world is investing heavily in the clean, safe, and reliable energy of our future, the Canadian government, along with some provincial support, is insisting that Canada watch from the sidelines while we cling desperately to a resource that is responsible for creating the greatest challenge of our time. I am, of course, talking about fossil fuels and global climate change.
By Margo McDiarmid, CBC News
A coalition of environment groups says the large corporate sponsorship at next week's meeting of energy ministers "sends the wrong message to Canadians."
Eleven energy companies and associations are spending $180,000 to sponsor the annual conference that will be held July 16 to 19 in Kananaskis, Alberta. The sponsorship is just under a third of the approximately $600,000 price tag for the conference.
Federal, provincial and territorial ministers and their deputy ministers are holding their annual meeting to discuss, among other issues, a national energy strategy. But environment groups say the sponsorship is a clear attempt by the petroleum industry to influence people who will be making crucial decisions about Canada's energy future.
OTTAWA, March 29 /CNW/ - Today the Polaris Institute re-launched TarNation a popular political video game aimed at highlighting Stephen Harper and Michael Ignatieff's unwillingness to take action on the environmentally destructive tar sands. Players spray oil at Conservative and Liberal party leaders to get them out of the tar sands.
"Harper and Ignatieff need the most encouragement to help Canada shift away from dirty oil and towards a more sustainable green economy" Says Tony Clarke, Executive Director of the Polaris Institute.
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Contact: Richard Girard, 613 237-1717 105
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