Greenpeace bury $600 in Canada protest
by Alan Harten
April 7, 2009
Greenpeace in Edmonton Canada buried $600 somewhere in the grounds of Alberta’s legislature building on Monday.
The environmentalist group used this to draw attention to the amount that Alberta is spending on carbon storage and capture expertise.
Mike Hudema from Greenpeace said that $600 is roughly the amount that the $2bn scheme will cost each taxpayer in the province.
Hudema said that carbon capture and storage takes a long time to develop, and is very expensive.
He also said that the money would be better used for cleaner transportation and creating more jobs in low carbon technologies industries.
Last week ConocoPhillips, Suncor, Statoil-Hydro Canada and Syncrude, Edmonton’s largest oil sands companies, declined to submit plans for the scheme by the due date of March 31st.
They gave much the same reason as Greenpeace.
The treasure hunt is taking place the day before Iris Evans, Alberta Finance Minister, announces Alberta’s deficit budget, the first in more than ten years.
University of Alberta English student, Sam Vance-Law discovered the money under a tree early in the afternoon, he had started his search at 9.30am.
The student said he will use some of the money for concert tickets and university expenses and, as is expected from students, some beers with a few friends.
He supports the message of Greenpeace but is not a member.
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