Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams’ opinion piece on the importance of keeping dirty oil from Canada’s Alberta tar sands out of New England was published in the Boston Globe.
She warned that the proposed pipeline from the Alberta, Canada to Portland, Maine would fuel climate change by facilitating the rapid expansion of the extraction of the highly toxic tar sands “oil”.
She notes that tar sands expansion is among the worst threats. “After the oil fields of Saudia Arabia, the full development of Alberta tar sands will create the world’s second largest potential source of global warming gases.”
She called on Canadian Prime Minister Harper and American President Obama to “stop the madness”. She urged Harper to deny approval of this pipeline plan and Obama to become a climate leader.
Visit the blog of our 2012 Breaking Ground: Women, Oil and Climate Change trip to western Canada to listen to the voices of women impacted by the tar sands.
Read more about the Climate Justice work of the Nobel Women’s Initiative.