Full-Page Tar Sands Ad in USA Today: "President Obama, you'll never guess who's standing between us and our new energy economy."



    
    Mikisew Cree and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations and ForestEthics run
    full page ad in USA Today warning that tar sands are a human and
    environmental hazard; Stand in way of America's new energy economy
    

    VANCOUVER and TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - The Mikisew Cree and Athabasca
Chipewyan First Nations and environmental group ForestEthics have placed a
full-page ad in USA Today highlighting the human and environmental damage
wrought by Canada's Tar Sands.
    The unprecedented advertisement, which features an oil splattered map of
North America with oil oozing down from Canada into the United States, comes
just two days before President Obama's first trip to Canada, and it makes an
impassioned address to the new President. View the ad here:
www.forestethics.org
    "Both the federal and provincial governments have failed our aboriginal
community for the sake of money, for the sake of corporate interests, and for
the sake of increasing energy exports to the United States. We are seeing
disheartening toxicity levels in our animal life and have now received
confirmation of unacceptable cancer rates to people in our community. As a
people who have been here for thousands of years, we are sad that no one will
listen and that government sits back and issues denials and publicity
campaigns without substance," said Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan
First Nation.
    Although the majority of Canada's oil is destined for the U.S., most
Americans are unaware that Canada is their biggest supplier of oil. The ad is
part of a larger effort to raise awareness about the environmental and human
health impacts of the tar sands.
    "This ad will raise awareness that dirty oil from Canada's tar sands is
at odds with not only the clean energy future President Obama has embraced,
but also his commitment to enable vulnerable communities to get ahead," said
Merran Smith, Director, Climate Program, ForestEthics. "Green energy, means
jobs and the human security that only a clean and healthy environment can
provide. Dirty tar sands oil truly is a 'fossil' fuel that has no place in
North America's green energy future."
    The tar sands are Canada's fastest growing source of greenhouse gas
emissions. ForestEthics is calling on the Canadian government to shift towards
a green energy economy as outlined by President Obama, who is planning to
invest four times more money per person in clean energy. And, while North
America transitions to renewable energy, actions need to be taken to clean up
the impacts of tar sands on water, air, land and communities.





For further information:

For further information: Merran Smith, Climate Director, ForestEthics,
(604) 816-5636

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