Documents obtained through freedom of information requests by the Pembina Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Climate Action Network Canada reveal that Government of Canada officials are systematically trying to kill clean energy and climate change policies in other countries while promoting the interests of oil companies. The findings are contained in a new report, The Tar Sands' Long Shadow, released by Climate Action Network Canada, a network of over 75 of Canada's leading non-governmental organizations.
The correspondence shows Washington based Canadian diplomats describing recommendations from Environment Canada to clean up the oilsands as "simply nutty," proposing instead to "kill any interpretation" of U.S. energy legislation that would apply to Canadian oilsands "to ensure that the oil keeps a-flowing." The correspondence also shows that Canadian diplomats had contacted officials from the American Petroleum Institute as well as Exxon-Mobil Corp., BP, Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips, Encana Corp., and Marathon Oil Corp. "to point out the potential implication to their imports from Canada."
"We have proof that the Harper government is aggressively intervening in Europe and the United States to kill clean energy policies in the name of promoting the tar sands. Canada is not just exporting dirty oil anymore - we're also exporting dirty policies." said Graham Saul of Climate Action Network Canada.
"A responsible government would see clean energy policies outside our borders as an opportunity to do better, not as a threat," said Clare Demerse, the Pembina Institute's Associate Director of Climate Change.
"We are calling on the governments of Canada and Alberta to stop all efforts to kill clean energy and climate policy in other countries," said Steven Guilbeault of Équiterre.
View November 22, 2010 Climate Action Network-Canada press release
View November 22, 2010 Climate Action Network-Canada report
View November 29, 2010 Calgary Herald article
View November 29, 2010 Pembina Institute blog post
View November 29, 2010 Winnipeg Free Press article
View December 1, 2010 Embassy article
View Manitoba Wildlands Climate Initiatives page
Source: Climate Action Network Canada