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The Line 3 pipeline is a bad idea no matter how you look at it. The 1,000 mile plus tar sands funnel runs through Indigenous communities, is being constructed by a company (Enbridge) responsible for more than 800 separate oil spills between 1999 and 2010, and would have the climate impact of 50 new coal fired power plants. No thanks 👋
But in spite of massive protests and public pressure campaigns being waged in the U.S., Canada, and abroad, Enbridge is moving forward with this Indigenous-right-violating, environment-poisoning, climate-wrecking abomination of a pipeline.
That’s where we come in. Enbridge may not care about public opinion, but you better believe the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) – one of largest funders of Line 3 – does. And it doesn’t want anyone knowing it’s funding a destructive project being condemned around the world. If only there were some way to let people know… 😉
We have a plan to run online ads in leading Canadian newspapers linking RBC to Line 3. Will you chip in so we can feature these ads even more prominently and for a longer period of time?
RBC is one of the leading banks on a $9 billion series of loans to Enbridge, and getting them to stop funding this disastrous project would be a huge blow to Line 3’s chances of completion.
The pressure on RBC is mounting and as Canada’s biggest fossil fuel lender, RBC is feeling the heat. Thousands of people have signed petitions and sent emails calling on RBC to stop financing climate chaos. What’s more, during the bank’s annual shareholder meeting, our digital ad campaign exposing RBC’s dangerous practices garnered a lot of attention.
Now is the time to double down and broadcast RBC’s bad action via online newspaper ads.
Help fund an online newspaper ad blitz in Canada’s leading outlets.
If constructed, Line 3 would carry 760,000 barrels of tar sands oil from Canada every, single, day – using a three-foot-wide pipe as big as Keystone XL. This would be devastating to our climate, threaten the Mississippi River, and violate treaty rights.
With pipelines like this, it’s not a question of if they’ll spill, but when – and tar sands oil is near impossible to clean up.
Stopping the flow of money into dangerous fossil fuel projects is just the kind of challenge that Stand.earth was created to take on. We know that by preventing tar sands expansion, we can pave the way for large-scale, transformative change towards a renewable energy future. And it's working – over the past decade, Stand has joined forces with frontline communities and allied organizations to stop dozens of pipeline and oil train projects up and down the Pacific coast, including a previous Enbridge nightmare – the Northern Gateway pipeline that was planned to cut through the Great Bear Rainforest!
Let’s keep up the momentum and run ads online in leading Canadian newspapers until RBC does the right thing.
Climate Finance Director
P.S. If you want to learn more about RBC’s financing of Enbridge’s Line 3, I wrote a detailed breakdown in this blog post.