Did you see this article in the New York Times about how the anti-Keystone XL campaign has changed the climate movement (for the better)?
And NRDC released a report this week with some sobering news on the future of tar sands if business-as-usual continues. In 2012, only 1% of gasoline supply in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic came from tar sands. But tar sands could jump to 18% of the fuel supply by 2020 if no action is taken to limit extraction. What’s more: “At that penetration, the switch to tar sands fuels would increase greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 10 million metric tons, an amount that would offset most of the carbon pollution reductions that the region is seeking under its landmark Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.”
To continue raising awareness about the threat of tar sands, 350 Maine, NRDC, and 350.org are organizing a tar sands tour around the Northeast. There will be stops in Vermont, Montreal, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. The tour will feature three speakers: Eriel Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations), Crystal Lameman (of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation), and Garth Lenz (an international award winning environmental photojournalist whose work has been featured in National Geographic). They will give a first-hand account of the consequences of tar sands extraction, and each stop on the tour will also provide ways for people to get involved anti-tar sands efforts.
To learn more about the tour and RSVP for an event, click here!