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Climate Change? U.S. Shrugs

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"Once again, rich industrialised nations are putting nothing on the table in terms of increased emissions cuts and financial support for poor nations. 

Governments found trillions of dollars to bail out the financial sector. This is a far greater crisis". 

Canada has become rich and prosperous from its huge fossil fuel industry. And here they are offering absolutely nothing to pay for their pollution of the atmosphere". 

What has gone wrong in Canada? They used to be a leader.

Now they are one of the worst laggards, down at the bottom with the U.S." 


In June 2012, President Obama expedited permits for TransCanada to begin construction of the southern leg of Keystone XL pipeline through Texas, where Tar Sands Blockaders have been resisting since August.  In January, the President had put the whole pipeline on hold to allow for timely review, after Congress tried to rush the decision, which is now expected in early 2013. 


Canada recently announced that it would break its commitment to controlling global warming and would not try to meet its commitment to lower greenhouse gasses, as it promised when it was one of 191 countries signing the Kyoto Protocol of 1997.  

Canada ratified the protocol in 2002 and pulled out of it in 2011.  The United States signed the protocol in 1998, but stated it had no intention of ratifying it or being bound by it. 


A Canadian company, TransCanada, is building the Keystone pipeline, which, when completed, will run from the Alberta tar sands to Texas ports on the gulf, where most of the unusually toxic oil will be shipped abroad, largely to China.  In November, Canada's Natural Resources Minister predicted that President Obama would approve the Keystone XL pipeline "because it is clearly in the US national interest in terms of national security, jobs (and) economic growth."


   TransCanada Treats Blockaders with Dispatch


TransCanada's approach to the Tar Sands Blockade has been uncompromising, relentless, and sometimes violent, although the company says it was not responsible for sheriff's deputies using pepper gas, choke-holds, and other torture tactics on non-resisting activists. 

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