Photo: U.S. approves Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Tell Canada to say

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We won't be able to realize the full potential of Canada's renewable energy and clean technology industries unless we stop supporting new fossil fuel infrastructure.

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines was met with support by our federal government. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said the approvals are a positive step for Canada and for deepening our relationship with the U.S. on the energy file.

We disagree. We don't believe Canada should deepen its relationship with the new U.S. administration on the energy file until we have seen a solid environmental regulatory regime and climate change plan in place.

SPEAKING POINTS

Tell them:

  • Who you are and a bit about yourself (you are a mother, concerned citizen, scientist, immigrant, Indigenous person, voter, etc.).
  • Why climate change concerns you (impacts from increased extreme weather, air quality, sea-level rise, extinctions, climate refugees).
  • We won't be able to realize the potential of Canada's renewable energy and clean technology industries unless we stop supporting new fossil fuel infrastructure like the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines (as well as domestic pipelines like Kinder Morgan and Energy East).
  • These pipelines pose extreme threats to Indigenous water resources and land. Indigenous rights must take priority over short-term oil industry profits. We support the community of Standing Rock, which is opposing the Dakota Access pipeline.
  • Leave your name and phone number, and ask him to reply to confirm whether he will commit to supporting renewable energy instead of new oil pipelines.

Tips for the call

Use a headset or hands-free — This will give you both hands to take notes.
Be polite but firm — MPs are our elected representatives. They will likely be happy to hear from engaged constituents. Be polite and direct. Make sure to ask for a response.

January 24, 2017
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/climate-blog/2017/01/NO-KeystoneXL-NoDAPL/