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April 20, 2021

Nobel Peace laureates urge Basescu to support anti-oil sands directive

Eight Nobel Peace laureates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have asked President Traian Basescu, through an open letter, to support the EU Fuel Quality Directive, rtv.net informs. The laureates are asking the President and Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely to support this proposal through Romania’s vote. “We, a group of Nobel Peace Laureates, are writing today to ask you to do the right thing for our environment and support the European Commission’s effort to keep highly polluting tar sands oil out of Europe. Climate change is the gravest threat to the wellbeing of our planet. We now stand at a turning point. The Fuel Quality Directive proposed by the European Commission is an example of a policy that, if implemented properly, can move us away from our destructive dependence on oil, coal and natural gas to renewable energy sources and clean transportation sources. It is designed to help Europeans make cleaner fuel choices,” the letter reads. “Tar sands development is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada and threatens the health of the planet. As the tar sands have contributed to rising emissions, Canada recently stepped away from the Kyoto Protocol. Europe must not follow in Canada’s footsteps,” the letter adds. “Dr. James Hansen, at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has said that unrestricted exploitation of high carbon tar sand oil would mean ‘game over for the climate.’” The proposal will be put up for vote on February 23 and will establish the way in which suppliers will calculate and report the carbon intensity of fossil fuels and electricity. Thus, it will be possible to make a clear distinction between unconventional fuels obtained from coal, natural gas, oil sands and natural bitumen, and conventional fuels obtained from raw oil. The implementation of this directive is essential for lowering emissions and diminishing the effects of climate change. Environment organizations in Romania will make a similar appeal to the Environment and Economy Ministers on Friday.

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