Corporate continental energy plan will harm Canada

Corporate continental energy plan will harm Canada

Postby Oscar » Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:36 pm

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January 24, 2007

Corporate continental energy plan will harm Canada, says Council of Canadians

Ottawa – Former Alberta premier Ralph Klein and former Liberal Member of Parliament, Brian Tobin’s involvement in developing a “Continental Energy Strategy” for the Fraser Institute confirms fears of a growing push for energy integration by powerful actors in business and political circles, says the Council of Canadians.

The citizens’ advocacy group argues that Canada’s existing energy commitments to the United States have prevented it from meeting its Kyoto Protocol obligations and from developing reserves to ensure Canada’s own energy security.

“Poll after poll has shown where Canadians stand on Kyoto,” says Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. “A continental energy strategy would only serve the interests of the Bush administration and energy corporations.”

According to Statistics Canada, Canada already exports 70 per cent of the oil it produces each year to the United States while importing almost 60 per cent of the oil we consume from abroad. “Rather than a continental energy security pact that would serve corporate interests", says Jean-Yves Lefort, trade campaigner, “we need a Canadian energy strategy that will serve the public interest and help protect the environment.”

The Council of Canadians has actively campaigned against a move towards the creation of a continental energy and natural resources pact that would grant U.S. investors even greater access to Canadian energy supplies – a key element of the Security and Prosperity Partnership launched in 2005.

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For more information, contact:
Meera Karunananthan, Media Officer: Tel.: (613) 233-4487, ext. 234; Cell: (613) 795-8685; meera@canadians.org.

Read more:

Security and Prosperity Partnership
Council of Canadians energy campaign
Maude Barlow's editorial "Close energy ties to U.S. limit action on climate change" from the Calgary Herald
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