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CUSP: The Tipping Point of Climate and Democracy
We’re there and we have to deal with it.
The Earth in Crisis and Canada Adds to It
The world’s climate crisis has come to be CUSP’s primary issue. Close on its heels is the unprecedented poisoning of Earth’s lands and waters. Both processes are virtually irreversible.
Canada, as we know, has been happy to boost all this damage through its ongoing subsidization and deregulation of the main culprits: the dirty fossil fuel industries conducting tarsands extraction and fracking.
Transport of diluted bitumen, dangerous as a polluter on all fronts – land, water and climate – is expanding. It was blatantly, irresponsibly and irrationally promoted by the previous Canadian government as the great saviour of Canada’s economy. The new govenment, since November 2015, is less blatant, but has yet to show much sign of reversing the policy.
While other pipelines and rail-transport are indeed enormously serious problems, for now, CUSP and allied groups want to focus attention on TransCanada Corporation’s Energy East. It is a plan to pump tarsands bitumen from Alberta to New Brunswick for world distribution via tanker. If built, it will be the longest pipeline in North America, pumping well over a million barrels of diluted bitumen per day.
We join our allies, locally, nationally and internationally, who are saying absolutely NO to this irresponsible – some would say hairbrained – scheme.