Groups Call on U.S. Companies to Reject Canadian Tar Sands

The Sierra Club and ForestEthics have released an open letter demanding that companies with large trucking fleets take climate action by avoiding fuel from refineries that take Canadian tar sands.

| July 05, 2013

  • American corporations, including soft drink giants Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper, are some of the biggest consumers of fuel in America.
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A press release from Sierra Club and ForestEthics.

Fifty-eight organizations, led by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics, released an open letter today demanding that companies take climate action. The letter calls on U.S. corporations with trucking fleets to join 19 leading companies in avoiding fuel from refineries that take Canadian tar sands. According to U.S. EPA, tar sands release as much as 37 percent more carbon pollution than oil from conventional crude.

  •             “U.S. corporations have a critical role to play in President Obama’s ambitious plan to slash carbon pollution. With millions of cars and trucks, major corporations are in the driver’s seat when it comes to raising fuel efficiency and rejecting the world’s dirtiest fuel source.” - Michael Marx, the Sierra Club Beyond Oil campaign director
  •             “As Americans come face to face with the superstorms, wildfires, and the other natural disasters that accompany climate disruption, it’s becoming increasingly toxic for corporations to be associated with extreme climate pollution like that of the tar sands. People are demanding accountability, and smart companies will take heed. - Todd Paglia, ForestEthics executive director

Today’s letter is part of a campaign led by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics to transform the environmental practices of some of the biggest consumers of fuel in America: corporations. This comes on the heels of Sierra Club and ForestEthics’ launch of a campaign to force soft drink giants Coke, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper to stop using tar sands and raise the efficiency of their cars and trucks.

With 2.4 million members, the Sierra Club is the largest and oldest environmental non-profit in the United States. ForestEthics is the only international coalition exclusively devoted to creating a world where forests, wild lands, and the people and wildlife that depend on them, thrive.

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7/7/2013 5:30:33 PM

5800 orgs like the Sierra Club could write that open letter and it won't mean a thing, until they come up with a clean fuel that can compete in the open market fairly with diesel those bad old corporate entities will continue to operate their fleets. Corporations only care about profit from bringing products to market, they don't give a fig about the Sierra Club, or any other ecohippie org, unless said org directly impacts profits.

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