As premiers and territorial leaders meet to discuss climate change in Quebec City, the Pembina Institute has issued a report warning against the construction of new oil pipelines.
Pembina -- a think tank whose advisory council includes Preston Manning -- claims that increasing the number of pipelines could create enough carbon pollution to cancel out much of the reductions the provinces have already achieved.
The timing of the report is intentional. CBC reports that:
By the fall, governments around the world must reveal their concrete plans to cut carbon emissions for the next decade at an international UN climate change conference in Paris. The initial deadline was March 31, which Canada missed.
Oilsands production is projected to double by 2030, facilitated by construction of new pipelines like TransCanada's Energy East.
Pembina's executive director Ed Whittingham claims that Energy East alone would "increase carbon pollution by about 32 million tonnes every year — equivalent to putting seven million new cars on the road annually," according to CBC.
"Putting in new oil pipelines in the absence of how we're going to meet our international obligations is putting the cart before the horse," he said.
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