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Positive spin for oil sands needed now

Posted by mhudema on June 26, 2008

Don Martin,  National Post Published: Thursday, June 26, 2008

Greg Fulmes For National Post

OTTAWA -There was a time when being Alberta’s man in Washington D. C. involved golf rounds and cocktail circuits of non-stop fun.

As America’s most reliable energy supplier, the province rated a red-carpet reception in a national capital thirsting for secure oil. Not any more.

Gary Mar is not yet a political pariah, but he’s running an Alberta office in the Canadian embassy that’s fighting negative perception battles on multiple fronts.

Arguably the brightest Cabinet minister to grace former premier Ralph Klein’s front bench for more than a dozen years, he’s been representing the province in the U. S. capital for less than a year now and finds himself under increasing siege by an organized environmental backlash against the Alberta oil sands.

Mr. Mar is continuing to fight the threat of a U. S. energy bill that would prohibit federal agencies, including energy gobblers like the air force and post office, from buying oil, such as from the oil sands, that gives off above-normal emissions during production.

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New Energy Bill Marred by Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on February 6, 2008

The New York Times ran a story yesterday on whether the trend towards greener energy will hold or fade away. Fortunately for the planet, the story concluded that this trend is here to stay. But also featured in this story was another important story – a saga of  Beauty and the Beast and what really happens when the price of oil goes up.

Clifford Krauss of the New York Times correctly points out that renewable spending, while up significantly, is in a race with so-called “unconventional fuels” – synthetic fuels like Canadian tar sands, liquid coal, and oil shale – for our energy future. Huge investments are being made to scrape the bottom of the barrel for oil. Instead of moving forwards to develop energies for our future, the large oil companies are putting their money into developing the dirty, polluting fuels of our past.

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