Greenpeace puts Harper under house arrest for climate crimes



    OTTAWA, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Before the federal budget was presented
to Parliament, Greenpeace activists today put Prime Minister Stephen Harper
under house arrest for climate crimes. Early this morning, Greenpeace
activists padlocked themselves to the gates of 24 Sussex Drive, preventing the
Prime Minister from going to work to undermine the Kyoto Protocol. Banners
branded Harper a "climate criminal".
    "The refusal of the Harper government to honour Kyoto violates Canada's
commitment to the world, and is a crime against the planet," charged Dave
Martin, Greenpeace Canada Energy Coordinator. "By abandoning Kyoto, the Harper
government is undermining international efforts to curtail emissions, and
exposing millions of people to the dangerous impacts of climate change."
    Prime Minister Harper has falsely called Kyoto unachievable, claiming we
don't have the technology to meet Kyoto targets. However, a recent report by
Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council entitled Energy
(R)evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook, shows that global greenhouse
gas emissions can be cut in half by 2050, while providing a secure energy
supply and maintaining economic development.
    "Canada already has the green energy technology to build a carbon-free
future - we are only lacking political will," said Martin. "Prime Minister
Harper is representing the interests of the tar sands, not the Canadian
people."
    The government's claim that meeting our Kyoto target will cause economic
hardship is also false. Former World Bank chief economist Sir Nicholas Stern
has said the climate change can be mitigated by spending only one per cent of
global Gross Domestic Product per year. Failure to act will cost 20 times
more.
    "A green economy is a prosperous economy. Acting on global warming will
put people to work. Delay will have huge economic and environmental costs,"
Martin added.
    To prevent dangerous climate change, Greenpeace has called on the Harper
government to start by meeting it Kyoto commitment - a 6 per cent reduction
from 1990 levels by 2012. Canada and other industrial nations must then
achieve even deeper emissions reductions from 1990 levels -- 30 per cent by
2020 and 80 per cent by 2050.




For further information:

For further information: Jocelyn Desjardins, Greenpeace Communications,
cell: (514) 212-5749; Jane Story, Greenpeace Communications, cell: (416)
930-9055


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