Don’t Reward Dirty Tar Sands Corporations

Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline

Target: Carbon Disclosure Project CEO Paul Simpson

Goal: Revoke the climate leader A List status given to the company that wants to build a massive tar sands oil pipeline

TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline that environmental activists have been fighting against for many months, was just formally awarded for being a “climate leader” by the Carbon Disclosure Project–a non-profit UK organization that tracks the carbon emissions of companies around the world. They included TransCanada as one of five companies to be on the Climate Performance Leadership Index for 2014.

Regardless of how TransCanada seems to be restricting its own greenhouse gas emissions now, its Keystone XL pipeline is currently a main focus for environmental groups who fear that it will have a major impact on climate change. The massive oil pipeline would pump tar sands oil, also known as “dirty oil,” across Canada and the U.S. Pipelines like these are known for experiencing severe leaks that cover the local environment in toxic crude oil, and the companies that build them do not have a good track record of cleaning up these spills properly. There is no way that a company like this deserves recognition as a “climate leader,” unless it’s as a leader in destroying the Earth’s natural climate patterns.

Sign this petition to tell the Carbon Disclosure Project to revoke TransCanada’s A List status. They should have taken the destructive capability of the giant oil pipeline that this corporation is pushing for into consideration, and now they need to correct their mistake and refuse to reward people who are contributing to the severity of human-made climate change.


Dear Mr. Simpson,

It’s come to my attention that you recently put TransCanada on your Climate Performance Leadership Index for 2014 because the company has taken steps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. This, of course, is the same company that is lobbying hard to build the massive Keystone XL oil pipeline to pump the extremely dirty tar sands oil through Canada and the U.S.

It makes absolutely no sense to give TransCanada an award for leadership in climate performance. Even if it has been reducing their own emissions, the damage done to the environment and the greenhouse gases released by harvesting tar sands oil for the Keystone XL pipeline would far outweigh any good it may have done. Environmental groups across the world agree that should this pipeline become operational, it will undoubtedly increase the severity of human-made climate change and cause more damage to the planet and more havoc on the human race.

I ask you to revoke the award you’ve given to TransCanada by removing it from your list of climate leaders. We should not be rewarding companies for their paltry efforts to reduce their carbon emissions when they’re working toward something that will pump so much of these greenhouse gases into the air. TransCanada is one of the last companies who should be awarded for reducing climate change.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Whhalbert via Wikimedia Commons

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