Hollywood celebs sign letter demanding the immediate end of funding to Canada gas pipeline

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Hollywood’s elite have gathered for a session in mass virtue-signaling that proves how out of touch they are with normal Americans, writing a letter to the Royal Bank of Canada demanding that it defund the Canada Gas pipeline because indigenous tribes are allegedly upset over it.

Celebrities such as Ben Stiller, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Mark Ruffalo signed the letter. Over 65 stars signed on including Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, and Robert Downey Jr. Others included director Ava DuVernay and actors Josh Gad, Mariska Hargitay, Rooney Mara, Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Schumer.

The letter bluntly ordered City National Bank and its parent company Royal Bank of Canada to “withdraw support from the Coastal GasLink pipeline, effective immediately.”

“City National Bank’s parent company Royal Bank of Canada is bankrolling the climate crisis and violating the rights of Indigenous Peoples,” the letter contends.

City National Bank is known as the “Bank of the Stars” and was acquired by the Royal Bank of Canada in 2015.

The letter states, “Despite claiming to be a leader in climate-conscious banking, since acquiring CNB in 2015, RBC has spent over $160 billion to become one of the world’s largest and most aggressive financiers of tar sands, fossil fuel extraction, and transport.”

As if a letter virtue signaling their outrage over the pipeline wasn’t enough, a number of the celebrities made a video to “raise awareness” and used the hashtag #NoMoreDirtyBanks to head-shakingly promote it.

(Video Credit: No More Dirty Banks)

Ruffalo led the way on the video explaining the evilness of the bank’s involvement with the Coastal GasLink pipeline. He did not allude to the fact that cutting off that pipeline will raise energy costs even further for people who already can’t afford it.

“Right now, major banks like the Royal Bank of Canada are financing a fracked gas pipeline bulldozing through the land of the Wet’suwet’en nation in Northern British Columbia, Canada,” he dramatically intoned.

“The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs never consented to this pipeline construction through their territories, which would risk the sacred headwaters of the Wedzin Kwa River, but here’s where it gets complicated,” he added.

“The Supreme Court of Canada recognized Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs as rightful titleholders of the land, but corporations still get away with consulting only ‘elected leadership’ put in place by the colonial government,” he proclaimed in his most righteous leftist persona.

Coastal GasLink pushed back in a statement to Variety, “Since the beginning of the Project, Coastal GasLink has sought to engage and consult with the Wet’suwet’en Houses through the Office of the Wet’suwet’en and the elected leadership. We want to listen and seek meaningful ways to address interests and concerns including ensuring the pipeline is built under the Morice River using the safest technology available.”

“Coastal GasLink recognizes that Indigenous reconciliation and addressing climate change are essential to creating a better, more sustainable world,” the statement demurred. “We would encourage everyone interested to take the time to understand all the facts and the important role Indigenous communities have in developing and building the Project.”

“We have a voice, and our voice reaches the people. And for some reason, we’re trusted,” Ruffalo said during an online panel, using his celebrity status to draw attention to the pipeline controversy.

“We have this privilege, and we have to use it for the right thing. None of this matters if our children can’t drink the water, they can’t breathe the air, they can’t go outside, the world burns around them. None of this means anything anymore, and we’re all becoming desensitized to this insanity that we’re living in. And governments have got to take action, but we see they’ve stopped, they’re not taking action. Our politicians aren’t doing what needs to be done,” he declared via a live stream aired on YouTube.


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