Justin Trudeau may be telling the world that the climate is his first priority, but we will see if his deeds match those words in February when his cabinet approves or rejects what could become the largest open-pit oil sands mine ever.
Approving a massive new oil sands mine to operate until 2067 would be a complete contradiction of Canada's commitment to zero-out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. There isn’t any space for new oil and gas projects within a carbon budget that keeps warming below 1.5 degrees - we need to invest in renewable energy not more fossil fuels!
Teck Frontier would also fuel ecological collapse by irreversibly damaging old-growth boreal forest and wetland habitat for endangered species, including the last remaining free-roaming buffalo herd and the critically endangered Whooping Crane.
And it’s not just risky for our environment. Major banks and pension funds are pulling their money out of oil expansion because they see that the future is in renewable energy. Canada needs to invest in the economy of the future, not the past.
You voted for climate.
You marched for climate.
You think that life on Earth is more important than oil industry profits? Reject Teck.
Ask Justin Trudeau’s cabinet to reject Teck Frontier now.
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