Published on October 22nd, 2012 | by Don Lieber1
TransCanada Awarded Nobel Prize for Innovative Climate Change Policies
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to Canadian oil giant TransCanada for its innovative public policies on climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Canadian fossil-fuel infrastructure company, whose earnings exceeded $1 billion in 2011, has received strong praise from environmentalists in recent days over its unique partnership with community activists at the site in Texas where it is seeking to construct the “southern leg” of the controversial Keystone Pipeline — a pipeline that would carry Tar Sands oil from Alberta, Canada, through pipelines across the north-south axis of the Midwest United States, to refineries in Texas and Oklahoma.
TransCanada has taken extraordinary measures in recent weeks to work, together with members of the grassroots Tar Sands Blockade, to raise public awareness about the devastating nature of tar sands oil, how the Keystone Pipeline represents a “climate catastrophe,” and the science which has led the world’s leading scientists to speak out strongly against the pipeline.
In accepting the prestigious award, TransCanada CEO and President Russ Girling said, “we are fulfilling our environmental pledges, as stated explicitly in our website,” including:
- “Participating in public policy forums related to emissions issues.”
- “Taking part in public awareness initiatives and education programs focused on climate change and air quality issues.”
Nobel panel chairman Thorbjorn Jagland said the award was “in recognition” of the specific steps taken recently by TransCanada to “engage the public,” including:
- Arresting journalists (including from the NY Times).
- Preventing access to the Keystone pipeline construction sites.
- Seizure of land against the will of property owners, via “eminent domain laws” — and then arresting the same landowners.
- Pepper-spraying and tasering peaceful protesters.
- Handcuffing a great-grandmother — on her own property, along with actress Darryl Hannah.
- Confiscating cameras from observers.
Jagland refered to the specific language from TransCanada’s corporate website:
“TransCanada is committed to developing innovative and economically effective solutions to manage climate change and air quality issues.
“By arresting, harassing, and attempting to keep the actions of these peaceful protesters a complete secret from the world, TransCanada is indeed fulfilling it’s lofty environmental pledge.”
The Tar Sands Blockade is now entering its third month in a forest near Winnsboro, Texas, where TransCanada is seeking to begin construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.