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Stay home Minister Kent, says Sierra Club Canada

Media Release, November 28, 2011

OTTAWA - Environment Minister Kent should stay home for the next two weeks and NOT participate in the United Nations climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa. Indeed, Canada's absence from the negotiations would be seen by many as a good thing.

"Rather than waste taxpayers' money doing the bidding of the oil companies and winning Fossil of the Day awards, one austerity measure this government could and should take is to stay home,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “The money saved could keep several government scientists employed for years and it would be welcomed by nearly everyone," said Mr. Bennett.

Fossil of the Day awards go to countries that deliberately ignore their responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and try to block a global agreement," said Mr. Bennett. “And that’s exactly what Canada is doing.”... Read more »

Richer Canadians create more greenhouse emissions: study

 

Not only are the rich getting richer in Canada, they're also creating more greenhouse-gas emissions on a per-person basis, a new study says.

 

Because of this, more affluent Canadians should take on more of the burden in efforts to fight global warming, concludes this report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.... Read more »

There is a lot in what you don’t say ...

Media Release, Nov. 8, 2011

Response to Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent’s announcement in Toronto today on “Domestic Climate Change Adaptation”


OTTAWA – Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent attempted to mislead Canadians today by masking Canada’s lack of action on climate change. In a Toronto speech, Mr. Kent failed to mention that his government has done practically nothing to control the rising greenhouse gas emissions from the Tar Sands and other large industrial sectors.

“Regardless what other countries are doing, Canada has a moral and legal obligation to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions - and it’s not doing it,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

In his announcement Minister Kent also failed to mention:... Read more »

What the frack! How long before Canadian regulators wake-up?

Media Release, Nov. 8, 2011

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OTTAWA – Sierra Club Canada is calling for a nation-wide moratorium on fracking (hydraulic fracturing) by the natural gas industry until federal and provincial governments can put in place proper regulations to ensure public safety and protect water supplies and the environment.

“If reports of natural gas infiltrating drinking water wells on properties neighbouring fracking operations wasn’t enough reason to act, then recent earthquakes in Britain should be,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “What will it take for Canadian regulators to wake-up?”... Read more »

Fracking tests near Blackpool 'likely cause' of tremors

It is "highly probable" that shale gas test drilling triggered earth tremors in Lancashire, a study has found.

But the report, commissioned by energy firm Cuadrilla, also said the quakes were due to an "unusual combination of geology at the well site".

It said conditions which caused the minor earthquakes were "unlikely to occur again".

Infographic showing shale gas extraction

Protesters opposed to fracking, a gas extraction method, said the report "did not inspire confidence".

Six protesters from campaign group Frack Off climbed a drilling rig at one of Cuadrilla's test drilling sites in Hesketh Bank, near Southport, ahead of the report.... Read more »

   

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