’s fossil fuel-loving government is trying to ram through a treaty Canada
that would allow multinational oil companies to control the future of the tar sands,
the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel, with disastrous consequences for the planet.
Canadian SumOfUs.org members are fighting back -- they've sent tens of thousands
of emails to their representatives, written hundreds of letters to the editor, and
gotten coverage in all the top press outlets. Now they need our help.
Donate to put our Canada-China FIPA ads on the radio in critical politicians' districts.
stop climate change.
In fact, NASA’s leading climate scientist has written that if
fully taps Canada
its tar sands deposits, it will be “game over for the climate” -- that’s why the
fight over Transcanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline is so critical.
So when our friends fighting the fossil fuel industry north of the border call us
and ask for urgent help, we need to be there for them.
’s Conservative government is trying to ram through a treaty that Canada
would allow Chinese oil corporations to control the future of the tar sands. FIPA,
-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement, could Canada
give multinational corporations sweeping powers to sue the Canadian government to
stop environmental protections on the tar sands
, locking in the current Canadian government’s corporate-friendly policies for decades.
The stakes are huge
: If FIPA passes -- which could happen as early as this Friday -- then future Canadian
governments could be legally compelled to allow tar sands mining. And
the consequences for the planet would be catastrophic
SumOfUs members have already helped raise a huge outcry against FIPA in
. One Canada
Member of Parliament told our campaigner that the tens of thousands of emails to
Parliament, hundreds of letters to the editor, and dozens of major news stories our
campaign has generated in the last two weeks has been the most effective pressure
campaign he's ever seen.
From south of the border, we can’t write to Canadian Members of Parliament. But if
anyone knows what it’s like to have a government in the pocket of big corporations,
it’s Americans. We can help with the next critical phase of the campaign, along with
our partners at LeadNow.ca --
blanketing the airwaves with emergency radio ads this week in the local districts
of key Members of Parliament.
Can you donate $20, the cost of one radio ad spot in a key Canadian politician's hometown, to help stop FIPA and protect the tar sands from greedy multinational corporations?
Thousands of American members of the SumOfUs.org community are already fighting against
the Canadian tar sands by challenging the Keystone XL pipeline.
I was arrested along with Bill McKibben and more than a thousand others in front
of the White House last year to oppose the pipeline. And the SumOfUs.org community
raised $50,000 for the legal defense fund of Julia Trigg Crawford, who is trying
to stop Transcanada from seizing her family farm in
to build the pipeline through Texas
has given us another huge wake-up call about the consequences of Sandy
runaway climate change. And the prognosis for the climate could be bleak if this
treaty passes. Chinese multinational fossil fuel corporations will be able to buy
up major tracts of the tar sands in
, and then be able to legally block any Canada
future Canadian governments from cracking down on pollution from the tar sands.
This treaty is could be rammed through as early as this Friday, just two days from
-- unless Canadian activists can effectively pressure enough politicians in Canadian
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s own party to make him back down.
Just $20 will buy one 30-second play of an ad on radio in a key district
, and every donation means that we can play the ad one more time -- making it more
likely to be heard by more people, and amplifying our impact.
Help get our people-powered radio ads on the air tomorrow by pitching in $20, or whatever you can afford.
SumOfUs.org members from around the world, including tens of thousands of Canadians,
have already stood up to fight corporate dominance of American politics. They helped
take down the Heartland Institute and they helped fund our campaign to push Google
to leave the Chamber of Commerce. Now we need to stand together to stop the sale
of the Canadian government to Big Oil.
Thanks for all you do,
Taren, Emma, Kaytee, and the rest of us
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