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Amnesty and others urge Canada to follow Biden's lead and cancel TMX

Posted in: Climate Justice, Canada
    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 13:15

    Amnesty International is extremely concerned about human rights harms resulting from climate change and  we therefore urge governments and companies to cease investments that expand fossil fuel exploration and production, including the development of new infrastructure. Amnesty Canada has joined a coalition representing over 3.5 million Canadians calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline project because it conflicts with Canada's climate policy goals. Amnesty further urges the Canadian government to ensure that the transition to a zero carbon economy is "just" and done in a way that reduces inequalities and protects the rights of workers and vulnerable communities.

    To the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau,
    Cc: Federal Cabinet Ministers

    On his first day in office, President Biden canceled Keystone XL (KXL) because, as the climate crisis intensifies, it is irresponsible to build new oil and gas pipelines. Canadians have consistently said and shown they want strong climate action. The federal government has responded to this by creating some bold new policy, like the carbon tax. However, the Canadian government continues to support the expansion of the oil sands, including by building the taxpayer-funded $12.6 billion and counting Trans Mountain pipeline project (TMX).

    Canada must follow Biden's lead on Keystone XL and cancel TMX because it directly conflicts with the federal government’s recently announced climate plan and it does not have permission or consent from affected Indigenous Nations.

    Two separate federal government reports just released conclude that if Prime Minister Trudeau keeps his promises on climate action, neither the KXL or TMX pipelines will be needed and TMX will never make money for Canadians.

    The world is a markedly different place than it was when the Trans Mountain pipeline was first proposed: different in terms of the growing climate emergency and the changing economic reality.

    Energy giant BP forecasts that oil demand has peaked and will decline by 2050, while the International Energy Agency forecasts that oil demand will peak by 2030 and will have to decline by almost one-third by 2040 to meet Paris climate change objectives.

    ExxonMobil just took the biggest writedown in modern history - $20 billion of oil assets including Imperial Oil. An opinion piece in the Financial Post was titled, “Imperial Oil's massive write-off suggests the era of stranded Canadian assets is already here”.

    Private companies are responding to declining oil demand by cutting investment. Teck recently canceled their $20 billion Frontier oil sands project and French energy giant Total has canceled future oil investment in Canada. Although they need to reduce much more their emissions in a manner consistent with the Paris Agreement, BP and Shell have started shifting some of their investments from oil to green energy.

    Canada is the US's largest foreign source of oil and gas and that's not changing anytime soon. With our economies inextricably tied we must be aligned in our understanding of fossil fuel economics and climate action. We must act together.

    As the Biden administration prepares to rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate and unveil the most ambitious climate plan in America's history, Canada will be left behind if it does not reconcile the contradiction it has systematically ignored since 2015: you can't solve the climate crisis while expanding the oil sands by building new pipelines.

    In 2019, you promised a Just Transition Act to help workers, but has barely mentioned it since. Instead of wasting time fighting for pipelines that deliver fewer jobs than green energy, it's past time we got serious about having the backs of workers, families and communities through the move away from fossil fuels.

    We, a collection of Indigenous leaders, economists, and health, environmental, faith, labour and social justice organizations, representing more than 3.5 million people across Canada, are asking the federal government, which has committed to bold climate action, to cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline project.


    Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC)
    Indigenous Climate Action (ICA)
    Wilderness Committee
    Nature Québec
    Climate action network Canada - Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac)
    BC Government and Service Employees' Union
    Georgia Strait Alliance
    Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Initiative
    Pro Environment Pro Information United People Network
    Climate Strike Canada
    Shift: Action
    Greenpeace Canada
    International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC)
    ENvironnement JEUnesse
    Oil Change International
    World BEYOND War
    West Kootenay EcoSociety
    Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion
    The Global Sunrise Project
    Our Lady of Sion
    Environmental Defence
    Green Majority Radio
    BC SeaWolves
    Council of Canadians
    Glasswaters Foundation
    Disability Justice Network of Ontario
    Valhalla Wilderness Society
    RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs)
    ParkdaleHighPark4 climate action
    Friends of the Earth Canada
    My Sea to Sky
    CAER- Coalition Alerte à l'Enfouissement Rivière-du-Nord
    Mères au front (et ses 25 comités locaux)
    Eau Secours
    NON à une marée noire dans le Saint-Laurent
    Green Majority Media
    Prospérité Sans Pétrole
    Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition
    Contre GNL Québec à Saguenay
    Amnesty International Canada
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
    Sierra Club Canada Foundation
    KAIROS BC-Yukon Region
    Les Amis de la Chicot de Saint-Cuthbert
    The Leap
    Climate Justice Saskatoon
    Contre GNL Québec à Saguenay
    Sierra Club BC
    Parksville Qualicum Kairos
    Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion-BROKE
    Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice
    Ecology Action Centre
    For Our Kids - Toronto
    Environnement Vert Plus
    Coalition étudiante pour un virage environnemental et social - CEVES
    KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
    Canot Kayak Québec
    Council of Canadians, Saskatoon Chapter
    Citizens for Public Justice
    TBL Communications
    Action Climat Outaouais (ACO)
    Pétroliques anonymes
    For Our Kids
    Amnistie internationale Canada francophone
    Coalition étudiante pour un virage environnemental et social - CEVES
    Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)
    GASP (Grand(m)others Act to Save the Planet
    Science Advocates/Défenseurs des Sciences - Canada
    JustEarth: A Coalition for Environmental Justice
    Regroupement vigilance hydrocarbures Québec (RVHQ)
    For our kids northshore bc
    La Planète s'invite au Parlement
    Front commun pour la transition énergétique
    Mouvement écocitoyen UNEplanète
    Earthkeepers: Christians for Climate Justice
    Climate Justice Montreal
    The Climate Reality Projet Canada
    La Planète s'invite en santé
    Fédération des travailleurs et des travailleuses du Québec - FTQ
    Action Environnement Basses-Laurentides
    Climate Justice Victoria
    Action Climat Outaouais (ACO)

    Ujon Camp, Ponca Nation

    Neeta Lind (Diné), Former Director of Community at Daily Kos 

    Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Frontline Community Organizer with Indigenous Environmental Network