Take Action: Ask Peter Kent to Explain the Tar Sands Carbon Gap

Earlier this week, Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent told the media that “climate change is a very real and present danger and we need to address it.”

At the same time, the tar sands are on track to expand over 3 times the climate limit, thrice the size that they can grow to for us to have a chance of keeping global temperature rise below 2 degrees.

With the next round of United Nations climate change negotiations about to start in Doha, Peter Kent needs to explain this gap, and what Canada plans to do about it.

Help us ask Peter Kent a question: How does he plan to close the Tar Sands carbon gap?

Ask on Twitter:

@ec_minister Can’t address #climate change without stopping #tarsands plan to grow 3 times the climate limit. What’s your #climatelegacy?

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Sample message:

Dear Minister Kent;

We agree with you that climate change is a “real and present danger” which requires immediate action from Canada. We also know that the tar sands are set to expand 3 times the size the climate allows, making our commitment to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees impossible. How are you going to close the tar sands carbon gap? Will Canada’s climate legacy be dirty oil or leadership?

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On Monday, Environment Minister Peter Kent explained to reporters “that climate change is a very real and present danger and we need to address it”.

With the next round of United Nations Climate Negotiations coming up next week in Qatar, there is no time like the present for the Minister and government to affirm forceful comments with real commitments.

Already the planet has experienced 0.8 degrees of warming, and subsequently we’ve experienced extreme drought, flooding, heat-waves and most recently, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy which put climate change back into the public consciousness. This is what a one degree planet looks like, imagine 2 degrees or even worse. “Business as usual” from Canada and other big polluters are putting us on track for a 4 degree planet.

As Mr. Kent stated in his comments, the Prime Minister’s signature is on the Copenhagen Accord, an Accord which includes a commitment to cap global temperature rise to a maximum of 2 degrees. Canada’s current climate plan will not get us there. Planned tar sands growth is slated to reach three times the size that the International Energy Agency has determined would keep us under that target.

The math does not add up and while it’s nice to hear Canada talking aggressively about climate change again, actions speaker louder than words. It’s hard to hear truth in the Minister’s words over the din of pipelines, tankers and tar sands expansion.

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