At the conclusion of U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit to Canada, Caroline Brouillette, Acting Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada, issued the following statement:
“It’s a powerful signal to see clean energy and good jobs rise to the top of U.S.-Canada collaboration. Yet both countries’ recent approvals of new fossil projects is contrary to what the IPCC tells us is 1.5-aligned.
“As two fossil fuel exporters who hold a disproportionate responsibility for the climate crisis, coordinating a just transition away from oil and gas across the two economies should be the first priority of the new Energy Transformation Task Force.
“Responding to the climate crisis is not just about reducing emissions; it’s also about how we take care of another and take responsibility for our climate destruction abroad, which is a driver of migration. Shutting down Roxham Road will only lead to more human suffering.
“Finally, important to note is Canada’s $420-million investment over 10 years in Great Lakes protection and restoration. This will better protect one of the world’s largest sources of freshwater, and also moves Canada along the way in fulfilling its COP15 obligations.”