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Canada Doesn't Believe Canada's Own Tar Sands Spin

 

Of course they don’t. Who would? But you know they’re doing everything they can to keep that a secret, given their recent withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol (because of the tar sands, no doubt). “In public, Canada’s environment minister says tar sands are “sustainable”, in private the government says there is no “credible scientific information” to support this,” Damian Carrington of the Guardian notes.

“In addition, we have further confirmation that statements made by Canadian diplomats to UK counterparts are contradicted by reality, and that in promoting tar sands, the Canadians are keeping some pretty unpleasant company.

“In the midst of all this, the Canadian lobbying effort to block European Union rules that would discriminate against fuels derived from tar sandscontinues unabated. A key vote in Europe was postponed until early next year, but the issue remains very much on the agenda, and was discussed on Monday by the European Commission’s environment committee.

“To recap, the EU argues that fuels from tar sands – also known as oil sands – should be designated as producing 22% more greenhouse gas emissions than regular crude oil. Canada, whose vast tars sands are the second largest reserve of carbon in the world after Saudi Arabia, don’t like this for two reasons. Firstly, it will make the fuels less attractive for European importers and secondly, it will be an official labelling of tar sands fuels as dirty in terms of driving global warming, as well as destroying forests and causing air and water pollution.”

More on the lies the Canadian government is consciously engaging in via the Guardian.

 




12 comments
  1. Zachary Shahan

    Greg:

    Most oil is used for transportation. That is not needed with technology and options we have today. There are PLENTY of alternatives.

    It’s not a matter f how cleanly Canada deals with its oil, the point is that tar sands oil is many times worse than conventional oil.

    The cost of not getting off oil sooner than later is more than the cost of doing so. So, yes, prices will have to go up, but less so than they would otherwise.

  2. Zachary Shahan

    Padam: this is a blog. Some pieces are journalistic, but most are not. I hope you know the difference btw a blogger and a journalist. This piece, as you can see at the top, was a “Quick News” piece that mostly reposted a Guardian article. Did you somehow miss that?

  3. Zachary Shahan

    Yep, demand side issue is the big one — i agree.

    A large country (geographically) with a relatively small population will, of course, protect more land. But it is a beautiful country and hope it stays that way 😀

  4. Padam

    What a misleading headline….or should I say a total lie of a headline. It would have been truthful if any actual Canadians (which I am) could have been quoted as saying that. Of course, not all Canadians support the tar sands. But find anything that an entire country agrees upon. But living here the majority of us do support it. The research and development of cleaner ways to do it up there are getting better. It means jobs and wealth. But back to your article…. This is exactly why greens should not be journalists. Journalists use facts, not lies and sensationaltion. If you want to write about the oilsands, why don,t you come over here and actually do your job by way of first hand research. Oh yeah that’s not what a green publication does… Truth.

    1. Zachary Shahan

      Padam: this is a blog. Some pieces are journalistic, but most are not. I hope you know the difference btw a blogger and a journalist. This piece, as you can see at the top, was a “Quick News” piece that mostly reposted a Guardian article. Did you somehow miss that?

  5. Aaron

    I am not saying that the oil sands are a good thing but Canada has Protected forests that are bigger then many countries in Europe.  Canada has a low population and more protected lands than any other country in the world and its Oil is not produced with blood on its hands.  I think that the world should stop using Oil ASAP but as long as people are willing to use it they are going to sell Oil.  Someone is always going to buy it. 

    1. Zachary Shahan

      Yep, demand side issue is the big one — i agree.

      A large country (geographically) with a relatively small population will, of course, protect more land. But it is a beautiful country and hope it stays that way 😀

  6. Greg W.

    like it or not, the entire world runs on oil. There are no other real alternatives. Everything that you do every day is touched in some way by the burning of fossil fuels. Canada is the most responsible producer of oil in the world, and luckily for the rest of the world, they happen to have a lot of oil to produce. It doesn’t matter whether the U.S. or the E.U. condemn the Tar sands or not, the resource will be utilized because it needs to be. All the high minded ideals will be tossed out the window when the prices of everything from gasoline to bread skyrocket with the lack of resources that will come about when the rest of the world cannot get oil from the terrorist supporting nations that currently produce it.

    1. Zachary Shahan

      Greg:

      Most oil is used for transportation. That is not needed with technology and options we have today. There are PLENTY of alternatives.

      It’s not a matter f how cleanly Canada deals with its oil, the point is that tar sands oil is many times worse than conventional oil.

      The cost of not getting off oil sooner than later is more than the cost of doing so. So, yes, prices will have to go up, but less so than they would otherwise.

  7. James

    Its true, most of us Canadians still have a brain and see that our government is doing its best to pimp out what it can to get into bed with big money. Canada is dead. The conservatives are holding the gun and just beggining to pull the trigger.

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