STOP: Stop Tar Sands Operations Permanently

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Posted by mhudema on June 25, 2008

Green isn’t Suncor’s colour

executive director, Greenpeace Canada

Suncor CEO Rick George is correct that being green is good for a company (It’s Not Easy Being Green, But It’s Good Business – Report on Business, June 23).

Unfortunately, Suncor isn’t even close to being an environmental leader. Recently, it released its “progress” report. Some progress: It showed that Suncor’s absolute greenhouse gas emissions and its overall emission intensity had increased in 2007 from 2006. Suncor’s emissions are projected to double between 2007 and 2012, for a whopping 520-per-cent increase since 1990. That will make the tar sands, and Suncor in particular, a major factor in Canada failing dismally to achieve its Kyoto emissions-reduction target.

Mr. George’s talk about carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is just that – talk. Even if industry and government agreed tomorrow to a

timetable, implementation would be too late to make a significant dent in Canada’s emissions targets.

Albertans, indeed all Canadians, are increasingly realizing it’s time to slow runaway development of the tar sands. It is not too late to turn around global warming, but it will require more action and less talk.

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