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“We have the knowledge and the fact that oil sands are more CO2-polluting than other kinds of fuel.”—
Connie Hedegaard, EU Climate Chief
“Canada’s plans for tar sands will put the world on track for 6 degrees of warming, way past the globally accepted limit of 2 degrees,” said Franziska Achterberg of Greenpeace.
“Six degrees would be game over.”
The proposed ranking assigns oil sands crude a default greenhouse gas value of 107 grams of carbon per megajoule, compared with 87.5 grams for conventional oil.
Two of the other unconventional fuel sources have higher values than oil sands. They are oil shale at 131.3, found in EU-member Estonia, and coal-to-liquid at 172.
The Oil Sands: Canada's Quiet Genocide
I have to say, I have never been so ashamed to be Canadian until now. After meeting activist groups yesterday, I had confirmation of long-held suspicions about the tar sand and their impact on First Nation peoples - most notably the Lubicon Cree.
A doctor I know spoke out against the tar sands because he was seeing cancer rates skyrocket in surrounding communities.
He was fired and now lives at the other end of the country. Very very very quietly.
Yesterday, it was revealed to me that the Lubicon communities up there now suffer from a stillbirth rate of 90%.
And you know what?
I can barely find any information about it.
No outrage. No protests. No attention. No questioning why this genocide (and that’s what it is, don’t kid yourself) still goes on under the nose of the First World.
I have a sinking feeling that the Canadian government will, like they did with the survivors of the Japanese internment camps, wait until enough people die off before admitting to any wrong doing or honoring the agreements they laid out to protect First Nation peoples.
The few I found are here:
Please reblog and spread the word. This shouldn’t be recognized because a few white people took notice. The Lubicon Cree’s voices need to be heard by the world. Let’s lift their plight into the spotlight and force everyone to see it.