Green Party of Canada

Green Party of Canada

January 14, 2006 10:13 ET

Green Party denounces Mackenzie Gas Project

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 14, 2006) - The Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP) will accelerate global warming and destroy natural habitats and livelihoods while failing to create long-term energy security, said Green Party of Canada leader Jim Harris today.

"There is a global movement to reduce fossil fuel emissions and this pipeline is standing in its way," said Harris. "Building a pipeline to transport natural gas from the Mackenzie valley to extract bitumen from the Alberta tar sands will greatly contribute to the destruction of the land - first by its direct physical impact in the region and second because its usage will directly contribute to global climate change."

According to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), climate change will be disastrous for the North. Arctic temperatures are rising twice as fast as the rest of the planet and could increase as much as 7 degrees over the next century. This will melt permafrost, threatening the survival of wildlife and ruining vital ecosystems and Aboriginal livelihoods, while causing sea levels to rise worldwide.

A recent study by the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) reports that if no effort is made to move towards more sustainable energy sources, up to 90 per cent of permafrost could melt within the next hundred years. The Mackenzie Pipeline would itself be threatened as it would be built on the permafrost and could be harder to maintain than originally expected.

"MGP investors and federal and territorial governments want to pump our natural gas into Alberta's tar sands to extract oil for the U.S. -- but the U.S. refuses to reduce their fossil fuel emissions," says Green Party Western Arctic candidate, Alexandre Beaudin who pledges to push for sustainable alternatives to the project.

The MGP is not a single pipeline structure, it is a very large system with hundreds of ramifications and feeding pumps that will be spread in many directions in order to reach natural gas fields, going through protected wildlife sanctuaries and disturbing migratory patterns and traditional hunting areas. All these developments will contribute to the deterioration of traditions and cultures, which depend on the land.

"The Green Party will push for a coherent and transparent environmental policy focused on achieving Kyoto targets and going beyond those goals after 2012," said Beaudin. "The Green Party will make Canada a leader in the battle against climate change."

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