Canadian politicians may want the world to believe the country has a clean climate record, but environmental experts say nothing could be further from the truth. Prominent Canadian and U.S. climate scientists and activists said in a press call moderated by renown environmentalist Tzeporah Berman that the Canada-US Keystone XL pipeline would lock Canada into oil sands production at a rate that could destroy the planet.
Pressure to build the pipeline has been mounting, with Washington-based Canadian ambassador Gary Doer telling Postmedia news today that the "silent majority" of American citizens does want the Keystone XL pipeline to happen. But author and 350.org founder Bill McKibben asserts that opposition toward the pipeline is deeper than politicians realize.
"Even tar sands that some people say aren't recoverable now could be in the future," he said, noting that Alberta had huge oil reserves surpassing those of the world's largest oil-exporting country, Saudi Arabia.
"Keystone XL would lock us into a long-term commitment of emitting CO2, burning just about the dirtiest of the dirty....at a time when we should be looking at expanding renewable energy."
"A cleaner oil sands in and of itself is not enough. We need to cap it, clean it up and transition out of dirty oil and to a cleaner economy.