We’ve said before that the oil price shock could lead to profound shifts, and last night Canada got its first real taste of what that could look like.
I grew up in Edmonton, and I never thought I'd get to do this: write you all an email the day after Alberta elected a party that pledged to pull support from the Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipelines. Plus a premier who, in her victory speech, stated that “it is time to diversify our economy and end this boom and bust cycle in Alberta.”
I'm proud of my home province, but the Alberta election -- like a lot of big political shifts -- could change everything and nothing at the same time. Right now, the tar sands are still on track to break Canada’s climate commitments, the federal government’s head remains in the sands on climate, and the fossil fuel industry’s power in Canada is still enormous.
But we know, today more than ever, that people have woken up to the fact that Canada can be more than a single dirty energy project. That’s why, starting today, we’re going to be pushing even harder towards the We > Tar Sands mobilization in July.
Major actions are already coming together across the country for July 4th -- most along the route of the Energy East pipeline, signaling a significant escalation in the fight against the largest tar sands pipeline ever proposed.
In Toronto, a historic coalition of labor, community and environmental organizations is coming together to march through the heart of Canada’s biggest city on July 5th, the eve of the Pan-American Climate Summit.
Hundreds of people have stepped forward to say they want to be part of a historic action to turn Canada away from the tar sands. Will you join us in this crucial moment?
This is what we mean when we say that we are greater than the tar sands.
We know that the vast majority of tar sands need to stay underground to have a chance at a safe climate future. We also know that clean energy produces more jobs than tar sands, and that we are more than single dirty energy project with an outsized political impact on our country.
We know that We > Tar Sands. Let’s show it.