IF PRESENT IMMIGRANT LEVELS CONTINUE, FOUR YEARS OF IMMIGRATION GHG's WILL EQUAL ONE YEAR OF ALL TARSANDS GHG's
“In 2007, Canada admitted 429,649 (people:) permanent residents, temporary foreign workers and foreign students.” (1)
“Canadians are also among the highest per capita polluters in the world, producing an average of 23 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per person each year.” (2)
429,649 immigrants MULTIPLIED BY 23 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions EQUALS 9.9 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases directly from immigration annually.
“Annual greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands plants in 2007 are expected to be 39.3-41.4 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent.” (3)
So how many years of allowing 429,649 immigrants into Canada would equal the tarsands in greenhouse gas emissions?
41.4 million metric tonnes DIVIDED BY 9.9 million metric tonnes EQUALS 4.18 years!
In other words, assuming Canada's immigration intake remains at 2007 levels, Canada's immigration would produce an entire tarsands worth of greenhouse gas emissions every 4 years.
This material was written by Ontario environmentalist Brishen Hoff with assistance from B.C. writer Tim Murray.Underlined Text