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Canadians: Tell President Obama That We Support Clean Energy, Not Pipelines

2013/02/23
Image: David Suzuki Foundation.

Image: David Suzuki Foundation.

The David Suzuki Foundation is on a letter-writing campaign to tell President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry that Canadians do not want to see the Keystone XL pipeline built.  By adding your name and address and clicking on the “submit” button (how easy is that!), you will be sending the following letter directly to the above-mentioned politicians:

As a Canadian concerned about climate change, I am writing to express my views directly to you.

I do not share the belief of my federal government that continued oil sands development should be Canada’s priority and our path for the future. I urge you to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

I support strong action to fight climate change and a shift to investment in clean energy, by every leader, in every country.

The priorities set in Ottawa and Washington reach across our planet. It is not only our economies that are interdependent; our air, water, and our future are bound together and will be defined by our ability to act on the most important issue facing the planet.

Canadians and Americans are united for a clean, prosperous future together.

To “sign” this letter and tell President Obama and Secretary Kerry that you support strong action on climate change, follow this link.

Unfortunately, you need a Canadian address to send a letter.  However, if you are a fellow blogger in Germany, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India (you all know who you are!) or any other country, you can still help by writing a short post about the letter writing campaign on your respective blogs.  That way, the message can reach as many Canadians as possible.

Although this is a North American decision, we all know that its impacts will be global.

Thanks everyone!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. 2013/02/25 5:40 pm

    You inspired me to blog on Canada! Something I didn’t think I would do 🙂

    http://therationalpessimist.com/2013/02/25/canada-the-laid-back-uncle-who-joined-the-tea-party/

  2. 2013/02/26 6:19 pm

    Reblogged this on Utopian Dreaming and commented:
    This is a fantastic campaign by the David Suzuki Foundation, and one that is powerfully important. The decision on the Keystone XL should not only fall on the American government, as it affects all Canadians (both indigenous and non-indigenous) and the rest of the world as well.
    Every Canadian who wants to see a cleaner, more equitable future and who wants to see our leaders actually *take the lead* in producing a sustainable environment for us to live in needs to sign this letter. Take a few minutes out of your day to sign this petition and participate in the collective construction of a clean-energy future.

    • 2013/02/28 5:50 am

      Thank you very much for reblogging this post, as well as for your comments. I see this Keystone XL pipeline decision as a “fork-in-the-road” moment. Either we allow this pipeline to happen and continue our use of fossil fuels (while making only minor attempts at tackling climate change), or we reject this pipeline and beginning to put our efforts (and our money) a “clean-energy future”.

      • 2013/03/01 4:24 pm

        Precisely. This pipeline has become Big Oil versus green energy personified, and the world simply cannot afford to let Big Oil take this one.

      • 2013/03/01 8:52 pm

        Amen!

  3. 2013/03/02 3:36 pm

    Very good post by Andy Skuce in Skeptical Science yesterday looking at climate denial in Canada.

    http://www.skepticalscience.com/denialcanada.html

    • 2013/03/02 9:02 pm

      Thank you. I’ll go take a look.

    • 2013/03/02 9:24 pm

      Wow! That was very interesting. Especially the part about the rejected images for our latest (plastic!) currency.
      Although he says he isn’t, I think PM Harper is a climate change denier. Any policy that his government has put in place regarding climate has only been to line ourselves up to the US’s low standard. They even cancelled a program to help make Canadian homes more efficient (can’t remember the name of it…). 800 000 homes had signed up for the grant (to help pay for improved energy efficiency in the home), and for every dollar that the government spent, they got 2 back thanks to the stimulative effect of the program. And then the Conservatives killed the it!

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