Council of Canadians displays mittens on Parliament Hill to demand energy strategy

    OTTAWA, Jan. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - In the lead-up to a countrywide day of
action on energy taking place on February 2, the Council of Canadians is
displaying mittens on Parliament Hill at 10:30 am today to tell the federal
government that Canada's lack of an energy policy is like sending someone out
in the cold with only one mitten.
    "For the past few decades, Canada has been extracting energy at
unsustainable rates in order to satisfy an ever-hungry U.S. market despite the
environmental and societal costs to Canada," says Jean-Yves LeFort, energy
campaigner for the Council of Canadians. "The government is letting big oil
and gas companies dictate energy policy in our country."
    On February 2, activists in more than 30 communities across Canada will
be holding public events and political actions aimed at raising awareness on
the unsustainable nature of Canada's approach to energy production.
    With huge transnational corporations now stripping Canada of its energy
resources while draining and contaminating water resources, poisoning air, and
accelerating climate change, the organization hopes the national day of action
will send a strong message to the federal government.
    The organization is concerned that our reliance on the market to
determine has led to privatized hydro projects and coal-bed methane
explorations in British Columbia; the environmentally dangerous tar sands and
massive transmission line projects in Alberta; destructive uranium mining
projects in Saskatchewan and Ontario; expanding liquefied natural gas projects
in the Maritimes and Quebec; and a strong push for more nuclear power plants
right across the country.
    "Without a Canadian energy strategy - a strategy that will give Canadians
secure energy supplies, guaranteed access to energy reserves in times of need,
and strong policies that protect our environment and focus on finding
alternative, less harmful energy solutions - our country will continue to be a
victim of an energy gold rush," says LeFort.

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For further information:

For further information: Meera Karunananthan, Media Officer, Council of
Canadians: (613) 233-4487, ext 234, (613) 795-8685 (cell);;

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