STOP: Stop Tar Sands Operations Permanently

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More Heat for the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on June 24, 2008

New pressure on oilsands – Business – New pressure on oilsands

The processing plant at the Suncor oilsands project in Fort McMurray, Alberta, is seen in this file photo.

June 23, 2008


U.S. mayors have become the latest group trying to reduce the use of gasoline made with oil from Alberta’s oilsands.

A resolution has passed at their annual conference in Miami that urges cities to forbid the use of such gasoline in municipal vehicles.

The resolution says development of fuel from the oilsands threatens forests and releases three times as much greenhouse gases as conventional oil.

It also says importing oilsands fuel slows the transition in the United States to cleaner energy sources.

U.S. federal legislation already prohibits the use of unconventional fuel that creates high greenhouse gas emissions, but officials have said those laws won’t apply to the oilsands.

Other organizations such as airlines have also come under pressure to stop using fuel made from oilsands oil.

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