Target: National Energy Board CEO Gaétan Caron
Goal: Protest the implementation of a massive oil pipeline that will have disastrous effects on the environment
Recently, an energy delivery company proposed an oil pipeline spanning over 2,850 miles across Canada. The pipeline would carry a commodity known as tar sand, a mixture of oil, water, sand, and clay deposits creating an asphalt-like compound. Tar sand is damaging to the environment because it requires multiple steps before the oil can be used. Energy is needed to extract the oil from the mixture, refine it, and finally burn it for fuel. This proposed pipeline called Energy East is one of the largest of its kind, and would be able to carry 1.1 million barrels of tar sand each day. Thus, the pollution created during the extraction and refining process would be astronomical. Petition the leader of Canada’s National Energy Board to shut this pipeline down.
A report released in response to the proposed pipeline cites the level of damage this project would cause. The Pembina Institute, a Canadian non-profit think tank focused on energy, stated Energy East would be capable of generating 30 to 32 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. To put it in perspective, this is the equivalent of adding seven million new cars to the road each year.
The American Association for Advancement of Science recently spoke out about the dangerous environmental effects from this type of pollution. “Based on well-established evidence, about 97% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening…We are at risk of pushing our climate system toward abrupt, unpredictable, and potentially irreversible changes with highly damaging impacts.”
The Energy East project is still in the early stages, with the proposal only recently having been submitted for approval to Canada’s National Energy Board. The pipeline carrying tar sand would stretch over 2,850 miles and would release between 30 to 32 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. This is not something our environment can sustain, and is definitely not something our planet can afford. Scientists agree projects like these are changing our climate, increasing floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and the melting of polar ice caps. Say no to Energy East. Petition CEO Caron to reject this project, and to choose to protect our environment and communities instead.
Dear CEO Caron,
I recently read about the proposed Energy East pipeline in Canada. Enbridge, the energy delivery company, submitted their proposal to the National Energy Board for approval to create a 2,850-mile tar sand pipeline. While this would be profitable for the company, it would be devastating for the environment. Please deny this project permission to build.
The Pembina Institute, a Canadian non-profit think tank, released a report citing some of the horrifying negative consequences should this be built. Energy East would be capable of generating 30 to 32 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. This is the equivalent of adding seven million new cars to the road every year.
Scientists and environmentalist agree that human beings are causing intense climate change that is damaging to our planet and our people. Say no to Enbridge’s proposal to avoid potentially disastrous consequences for our Earth.
[Your Name Here]
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