Anti-oil sands activists block Canada-EU Energy Summit in London

This morning an'oil orgy' performance-protest apparently disrupted the Canada Europe Energy Summit, at Canada House, in London, the organization UK Tar Sands Network said this morning in a press release.  Angered by the "aggressive lobbying" of Canada which furthers global warming, the group says, they blocked the entrance at Canada House where officials from oil giants, Shell, Total and Enbridge were meeting with Canadian officials.

The Vancouver Observer has not been able to independently confirm this, but here's the complete story, according to the group:

The annual energy summit was hosted by Canadian High Commissioner Gordon Campbell and featured top officials from Shell, Total and Enbridge, along with Conservative Energy and Climate Minister John Hayes.

The aim of the event was to promote Canada's tar sands in Europe, and discussions included how to deal with 'public policy risks' such as impending European transport legislation which would discourage imports of highly-polluting fuels like tar sands into the EU market.

At 8.30am, half an hour before the event was due to start, 30 protesters rushed to the steps of Canada House and blocked the entrance with their bodies and a huge banner saying 'Stop tar sands'.

They then held a tongue-in-cheek 'oil orgy', featuring dancing shadowy representatives of the oil industry, and speech bubbles with ironic pro-oil statements such as 'Destroy the Fuel Quality Directive', 'Canada: emerging energy supervillain', and 'Gag climate scientists'. The main entrance was blockaded until after the event was due to start, forcing delegates to be diverted around the protest through a back door.

Tar sands extraction is devastating ecosystems and trampling on Indigenous rights. Worryingly, London has become a hotbed of collusion for the Canadian Government's 'dirty diplomats' to schmooze with oil giants and promote tar sands in Europe,” said Suzanne Dhaliwal, from the UK Tar Sands Network. “With Europe negotiating new climate legislation which would threaten the highly carbon-intensive tar sands industry, Canada's lobbying has become increasingly aggressive.” 

The Canadian Government has recently been exposed as mounting an unprecedented lobbying campaign to undermine the EU Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), which aims to reduce emissions from transport fuel by 6% by 2020, and would label tar sands-derived fuel as highly polluting. “The Canadian Government is working overtime to undermine climate policies in Europe so that they can barrel forward with unfettered tar sands expansion,” said Hannah McKinnon of Climate Action Network Canada. “There is no doubt that the tar sands are standing in the way of Canada’s climate promises, but they shouldn’t stand in the way of Europe’s as well.”

The UK Coalition Government has been documented as supporting these attempts by the Canadian Government and British oil giants BP and Shell to undermine the FQD. 

We are already seeing the impacts of climate change around the world, and want to see the kind of leadership the European Union is taking to reducing emissions from transport fuels. But the UK Government is cosying up to Canada to sabotage key climate legislation,” said Philippa de Boissière from People & Planet. “We need to see the UK Coalition Government take action on reducing emissions rather than staying tangled in their twisted love affair with big oil.”

The protest at Canada House was organised by UK Tar Sands Network,London Rising Tide, People & Planet, Climate Justice Collective, Climate Rush, Occupy Energy, Environment and Equity Group, and Corporate Watch, as part of a global week of climate action which included actions against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in Washington DC and Texas.

Today's performance-protest follows a mass action by People & Planet two weeks ago, which saw 400 students call on Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg from his Sheffield Hallam constituency, to support the FQD. 

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See this 1973 news item from the Vancouver Sun

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/history+September+1973/7294276/story.html

and then try to tell me this won’t happen –again! That mess in 1973 resulted from a relative ‘thimble full’ of fuel oil---imagine a hundred thousand ‘barrels’ of bitumen !

 

Now see these  news items

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-164585      --a cargo ship, hung up for 3 months, finally breaks up off New Zealand...

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/freighter-runs-aground-off-prince-rupert-stoking-oil-spill-fears/article5539124/ –in Prince Rupert yesterday—in one our  the ‘safest harbors’..

A pilot was on board---

Included in the news story... “ .. Mr. Spears, an expert on marine emergency planning, said the accident could easily have been a disaster – and had it resulted in a major oil spill, B.C. wouldn’t have been ready to respond.

Mr. Spears said federal government cutbacks have weakened the ability of authorities to respond to a major marine accident on the B.C. coast.“We need to use this as a lesson,” he said. “Like right tomorrow, how can we improve things?”

 

The KINDER MORGAN(KM) pipe line damage in Burnaby a few years back makes one wonder how much the shippers and pipe liners have learned?

True,there were several parties involved in that Burnaby incident--- The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) report http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/pipeline/2007/p07h0040/p07h0040.asp suggests that none of the parties were blameless. Point: things happen! ‘The best laid plans .... What to do then?

DECREASE—don’t INCREASE, the potential for more and much bigger incidents in Burrard Inlet!

TWO CHANGES ARE REQUIRED..

Number 1.    Move all Kinder Morgan shipping and storage facilities out of Burrard Inlet—take the tanker loading to Roberts Bank,where it belongs. Less marine traffic equals LESS POTENTIAL for Burrard Inlet shipping incident !

Number 2.   And move the KM storage tanks to the Fraser valley—Kinder Morgan already have a right–of-way for their pipeline traversing the Fraser Valley (to supply the Anacortes refinery in Washington State oil refinery).Possibly relocate the Chevron refinery to the same location?

 

All of us Burrard Inlet Community residents(BICres) need to demand that our community leaders ,Premier Clark and Stephen Harper tell these Kinder Morgan folks about the RULES for doing business and PROFITING in our neighbourhood.

 

It’s simple—we want Kinder Morgan to listen and do the sensible thing. Minimize the probability of a marine incident! Yes,shipping will continue—but let’s make it SMART SHIPPING!

 

Start writing your letters to your favourite reporter,Councilor,MLA, or MP—yes, even Christy and Stephen would love to hear from their potential voters--?

Why don't Harper become an employee of Shell? That will make it clear what he means by environment. By the way, today's speech on behalf of the ministry of the environment also proved that they serve "economy" whatever that means. Why do we need the ministry of "environment" if it follows the discourse of economy. Why is there a need of prime minister who is an idol of its own policy? Who needs such as a leadership?

A habit. A habit of people's minds to think that someone will make it right. We have to realize our role in environment as it is Nature. We are natural. At heart, hear the truth.

Economy will not buy the future. All the governments have enough knowledge and practice of solar energy, for example. I have numerous research findings - all-  from the best scientists and environmental researches of the world, and all of them say that the governments know how to make a transition from fuel based economy to renewable solar one. They do not want to. WHy? because it means no corporate rulership, no poverty, no otherization, no hunger, no food issues, no neocolonialism....no governmnent.

We are self-sufficient, and Nature knows. It also has an agency. Today, we participated at the cosmic events that are never coincidence. In cosmos nothing is a coincidence. The whole cosmos sends us energy, be It. All these events were in prophecies and the time has come to make a decision.

My community and I choose natural being and no government. And we will see thousands protests worldwide to oppose and change regimes of power and domination. The Earth had enough. By the way, the earthquake in Canada has the Parliament Hill as its epicenter. The earth herself is telling us to get rid of the parliament and its structures of thought, domination, stories.