“They’re damagingNorway'sreputation,” says the globalactivist organisation.
5,200 people hadsigned the petition by 14:00 (+1 GMT) this afternoon, Tuesday, calling on Prime MinisterJens Stoltenberg to stop Statoil’s investments in the tar sands projectimmediately.
“Thetar sands are among the dirtiest and most carbon-intensive fuels known, andthis investment of public funds does untold damage to Norway's internationalclimate reputation,” members write.
They aim to collect20,000 electronic signatures. These will be sent to the media when they reach10,000. ## UN Climate Summit
The campaign is timedaccordingly to fit in with Jens Stoltenberg's visit to the UN Climate Summit inRio de Janeiro next week.
“Norwegian giant Statoil is a major player in theCanadian tar sands, one of the dirtiest and most carbon-intensive fuels known.”[...] “It would be a deathsentence for the planet,” says Avaaz, pointing out that theNorwegian state and government have the power to change Statoil’s direction.
In its petition against Statoil, Avaaz maintains that it has "beengaining victory after victory", stating that US citizens won a huge victory last year when President Obama refused toapprove the Keystone XL pipeline to transport tar sands oil across America. " If we can stop thiscrucial Norwegian investment now, we can start defeating the tar sands at thesource," thepetition reads.