Mythbusting Energy East

Myth #1: This will create jobs.

  1. Of course, any project will create some jobs, these will be temporary construction jobs and far fewer than are being promised. TransCanada told people that Keystone XL would create over 40,000 jobs, but the reality is that it will create less than 100 permanent jobs. Energy East is no different, and neither are the inflated job creation promises that TransCanada is making.
  2. Pipeline proponents are saying that the pipeline will bring oil and jobs to Eastern Canada, but even TransCanada is saying that they are mainly looking to get this oil to a port city so that tar sands can reach international waters including the U.S. East and Gulf Coast, India, and Europe.
  3. A sustainable, stable, and just economy does not come from more fossil fuels and tar sands infrastructure. It is a volatile market that depends on exports and international demands.

Myth #2: Energy East will reduce Canada’s need to import so much oil.

  1. The EE pipeline is not the answer to reducing oil imports to Eastern Canada’s. Reducing dependence on oil is! EE is a multi-billion dollar project, and that money can go to projects that actually reduce dependence on fossil fuels such as public transit, renewable energies, and green building retrofits.
  2. This oil is actually going to go to the highest bidder on the international market, and not to people in Eastern Canada. Even with new refineries being promised, the vast majority of Energy East will end up being exported. 

Myth #3: Tar Sands Growth is Inevitable, and so are Pipelines

  1. Having globally committed to limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius, Canada should be looking into abandoning up to two thirds of approved tar sands projects—the very thing these pipelines are being built to expand.
  2. The carbon bubble and declining interest in high carbon fuels, along with a lack of easy market access have already taken two proposed tar sands projects off the table this year, building pipelines to keep tar sands growing is dangerous for the planet, and just bad economic sense. 

Myth #4: If It’s Not Pipelines, It’s Going to Come By Rail

  1. Despite what the Harper government says, this isn’t a question of pipelines or trains, but a choice to say no to both and to demand a transition away from dangerous extreme energy that threatens the air, water and climate whether on rail or in a pipeline.

 Myth #5: Tar Sands Have Little Impact

  1. Downstream communities have experienced polluted water, water reductions in rivers and aquifers, declines in wildlife populations such as moose and muskrat, and significant declines in fish populations.
  2. Tar sands has all but destroyed the traditional livelihood of First Nations in the northern Athabasca watershed
  3. The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Mikisew Cree First Nation are two of five Aboriginal communities within the Athabasca tar sands development zone. According to a 2009 government report by Alberta Health Services, between 1995 and 2006, 51 cases of cancers were found in 47 people in a Fort Chipewyan community of 1200—a dozen more than expected
  4. The tar sands operations are the largest source of projected new greenhouse gas pollution in Canada. This is the number one reason Alberta and Canada’s emissions are rising instead of falling.

 Myth #6: It’s Just Environmental Groups that are Worried About This

  1. Energy East would cross through at least 150 Indigenous communities, all of which have the right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  2. Energy East is a concern to people of all different backgrounds along this pipeline route, and we’re just starting to see the tip of organizing to stop this project.

Myth #7: There’s No Alternative

  1. The world stands at an energy crossroads.  As cheap, plentiful conventional oil becomes a luxury of the past, we now face a choice: to set a course for a more sustainable energy future of clean, renewable fuels, or to develop ever-dirtier sources of transportation fuel- at an even greater cost to our health and environment.
  2. Our energy future is now — and all it requires is investing in affordable, available clean and renewable sources today that will move us beyond oil and dirty fuels that imperil our planet and our health.

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