Google+

Letter to Susan Kramer on the Fuel Quality Directive

  On Tuesday, we and eight other organisations, as part of the ‘Keep tar sands out of Europe‘ coalition, sent the following letter to the new Minister of State for Transport, Susan Kramer. It urges her to act now to keep tar sands oil out of Europe by supporting the implementation of the Fuel Quality Directive, which would label tar sands and other unconventional fuels as more polluting than conventional oil and discourage their use in Europe. The full text of the letter, and signatories, is below. You can help put pressure on the new Minister by sending this e-action to your MP, asking them to sign EDM 240 and write to the ministers involved in making the decision.   […]

Read More...

A New Minister, A New Opportunity!

Dear Tar-Free Warriors, We were very happy to be joined by George Poitras from the community of Fort Chipewyan two weeks ago, who worked hard to keep EU ministers focused on the urgency of pushing forward on the Fuel Quality Directive. Now things are stirring up for the campaign with a new minister for us to focus on in the UK. Also, as new communities take a stand to declare themselves tar free zones it is incredible to see this next wave of solidarity emerging in our local councils! Keep up the amazing work! Sue, Jess, Emily and Ruthi Some advice for the new minister for tar sands Last week, there was a government reshuffle, and the minister responsible for the […]

Read More...

Some advice for the new minister for tar sands

Last week, there was a government reshuffle, and the minister responsible for the UK’s position on the EU Fuel Quality Directive changed. Gone was Norman Baker, with whom we had had two frustratingly unproductive meetings in recent weeks. Now the task lies with the Lib Dems’ new Minister of State for Transport, Baroness Kramer. The change in personnel comes at a make-or-break-moment. Either the FQD will soon be implemented, sending a hugely important message that there is no place for dirty tar sands oil in Europe’s fuel mix, or the whole process will collapse under the influence of strong-arm tactics from the Canadians and wavering commitment to genuine emissions reductions from Commissioners and EU member states. It really could go […]

Read More...

First Nations leader in London to fight Canada’s lobbying onslaught

On Thursday, George Poitras arrived from Paris to begin his short stay in London. George has travelled to Europe to push for the labelling of tar sands as a dirty fuel in the Fuel Quality Directive – at the same time as Alberta Ministers are touring Europe advocating the opposite. George is a former chief of the Mikisew Cree First Nation and lives in Fort Chipewyan, northern Alberta, downstream from where tar sands companies have been operating for more than forty years. First stop for George was a meeting we had arranged with Norman Baker, UK Transport Minister, who has responsibility for the UK’s position on the FQD – along with officials from the Departments for Transport and Energy and […]

Read More...

Battle over tar sands dirty fuel label intensifies

First Nations leader in Europe to counter Canadian government’s pro-tar sands lobbying First Nations leader George Poitras will arrive in the UK tomorrow to testify to policymakers and MPs about the impacts of the Canadian tar sands industry on Indigenous Peoples in Alberta, and to encourage the UK to support the labelling of tar sands fuel as highly polluting in the EU Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). Poitras, former Chief of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, will speak in a UK Parliamentary event tomorrow hosted by Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes MP, alongside renewables expert Jeremy Leggett and Greenpeace EU transport policy adviser Franziska Achterberg. Whilst in London he will also meet with the Department for Transport, Department of Energy […]

Read More...

Indigenous leader travels to Europe to counter pro-tar sands lobbying

 Friday 27th September – For immediate release EU climate legislation which would discourage tar sands imports to Europe is in its final stages Two Ministers from Alberta are travelling to Europe to lobby against the directive First Nations leader will visit Europe and meet with decision-makers to advocate for the directive and highlight importance of regulating against tar sands Climate scientists say emissions must be cut by 10% per decade to avoid runaway climate change   On Saturday, George Poitras, a former Chief from the Mikisew Cree First Nation, will travel to the Netherlands, France and the UK, to raise awareness of the devastating impacts of tar sands development on First Nations communities, and to advocate that the EU supports […]

Read More...

Opening the floodgates?

Dear Tar Trade Topplers! Today we are excited to launch a new  “Keep Tar Sands out of Europe” online campaign with our many partner organisations. We have been working hard for the past three years to make sure that Europe moves forward on progressive legislation to stop imports of highly polluting tar sands from coming to Europe. Now we are starting the final sprint to make sure that lobbyists and the Canadian government don’t scupper this much needed climate legislation and we will need you for this crucial time to take action with us! Be sure to make your way over to Parliament on Thursday October 3rd as our friend George Poitras, former chief of the Mikisew Cree First Nation […]

Read More...

Reclaim the Power moves to Balcombe to stop fracking

Reclaim the Power will be a protest camp from 16 – 21 August 2013. It will feature two days of workshops, discussions and training, and two days of action. UPDATE: Reclaim the Power will now take place near Balcombe, West Sussex, where local residents and activists are opposing Cuadrilla’s exploratory drilling. Read more about the last minute move here. Why we must all Reclaim the Power this summer It may be on the other side of the world, but it has everything to do with tar sands. Exploiting the tar sands makes sense only in a future of increased reliance on fossil fuels. We have seen that extracting tar sands is in line with a six degree global temperature rise. […]

Read More...

Which future will you choose?

Dear friends, We’re thrilled to announce the launch of a new interactive website today: “Two Energy Futures“! Bringing together the latest research, this infographic lays out two possible futures: one in which we continue to use fossil fuels, where inequality grows and catastrophic climate change is inevitable, and one in which we switch to currently available renewable technology and can provide enough power for everyone in the world to have a good quality of life. This website shows that, despite what people tell you, we can power the world without fossil fuels. It provides the latest facts, figures, illustrations, explanations and detailed citations, making them all accessible so you will never lose an argument on this topic again! It also […]

Read More...

Two Energy Futures: we don’t need fossil fuels to power the world

New interactive infographic based on latest research demonstrates that by 2035 everyone on the planet can have a high-quality lifestyle, fuelled by existing clean energy technologies Explore the infographic Today we are launching a groundbreaking new web resource, which brings to life two possible models of energy production and consumption for the year 2035. The first, ‘Fossil-Fuelled Future‘, is the future the International Energy Agency forecasts we are heading for if governments and fossil fuel companies follow through on their current promises on energy and climate change. This future is not the worst-case scenario – it’s the best that politicians and businesses are currently offering us. In this world, global temperatures will rise by at least 4 to 6°C this […]

Read More...