AARON MATÉ: It’s The Real News. I’m Aaron Maté. Activists in Canada are celebrating what is being called a victory for people over pipelines. The energy company TransCanada has announced it is canceling the proposed Energy East pipeline that would’ve moved crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to Canada’s east coast. The Energy East is one of several major pipelines that have faced heavy protests from indigenous and environmental groups, and its defeat has raised hopes that those pipelines will meet the same fate.Mike Hudema is a climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace Canada. Mike, welcome.MIKE HUDEMA: Thanks. It’s good to be here, Aaron.AARON MATÉ: Good to have you. The CEO of TransCanada said the project has been canceled because of the project’s inability to reach a regulatory decision. What happened here?MIKE HUDEMA: What happened here was a people-powered movement that rose up to stop this pipeline. It’s a movement that was led by First Nations and indigenous communities, by trade unionists and environmentalists all coming together to delay this pipeline, and now to eventually stop it. This is a huge win for people today.

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The Real News – Aron Mate’ – 10.05.2017

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