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Posted by mhudema on June 27, 2008

Greenpeace has launched its own website to counter the greenwashing they say is being done by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

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The propoganda battle over the tar sands in Alberta heats up as Greenpeace launches a new website. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has begun a new campaign to coincide with Alberta’s “rebranding” of the tar sands, and the site, TravellingAlberta.com, is being launched as a response to that effort.

TravellingAlberta.com is counting on humour to communicate a very serious issue to Canadian and international audiences about the destructive nature of the world’s largest industrial development.

For example, the site showcases showcases some of the unique attractions that await travelers to Alberta: Black sand beaches, toxic lakes and clearcut forests. Until now, this kind of vacation destination was merely the stuff of science fiction; but now, it can be experienced first-hand.

“We thought we’d help the province and CAPP with their “rebranding” campaign by bringing Alberta’s newest tourist attractions to the world’s doorstep. Any visitor to the Alberta tar sands can see the pollution, smell the sulfur, taste the toxins and hear the air cannons — we’re saving them the trip,” says Mike Hudema, a tar sands campaigner with Greenpeace.

“Premier Ed Stelmach and CAPP can spend 25 million dollars of tax payers’ money trying to cleanup the image of the tar sands, but this development is still dirty, ugly and foul. That money would be much better spent cleaning up the tar sands themselves, rather than just the global image.”

TravellingAlberta.com offers these adventure tips:

* Diversion surfing: Catch a wave, Alberta-style, and join Big Oil in taking advantage of the nearly 92 billion gallons of water diverted from provincial rivers each year!

* Animal sightings: Moose playing in tailings ponds, loons drenched in tar and ducks sinking in oil: it’s not everywhere that you can see some of Canada’s most prized wildlife in these unique settings. Hurry though! They’re going fast!

* Tailings sailing: Come enjoy the vast lakes of toxic water, so big they’re visible to the naked eye from space! Chase that horizon, but be careful not to capsize!

* Fun in the sun: Forget Cancun, Alberta is sizzling! Boasting more greenhouse gas emissions than Canada’s three other most populous provinces combined, it’s really heating up out here!

Will this tactic be successful or will it simply add fuel to the fire?

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