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"Simple", I told him, "Get it back"


Sierra Club

September 29, 2014

The reality is that the market is changing. Climate responsibility aside, Sierra Club Canada Executive Director John Bennett asks,  “is it really wise to stake Canada’s future on dirty, low quality tarry oil that is expensive to produce, expensive to process, expensive to transport and costly to refine?”

The message Bennett had in his heart when he took part in The People's Climate March in New York on Sunday, September 21 echoed a speculative conversation he had with an oil executive a few years back.

Bennett said to the executive that “Canada Ratified the Kyoto Protocol and committed to reduce emission to 6% below 1990 levels and until 2006 Canada had a plan to reach that target. You had your friends throw that away. Get it back. Then get us a commitment to reduce emission continually until Canada and its oil industry have done everything possible to avoid a climate disaster. Then we’ll have a deal.”

Read more on John Bennett’s blog, originally published on the Sierra Club Canada website (


Energy, Environment & Climate