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Alberta Government Back Pedals on Role of CCS in Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on November 25, 2008

Alberta reaction mixed to questions about carbon capture technology

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 | 10:25 AM MT

Senior Alberta government cabinet ministers expressed different opinions Monday on what effect carbon capture technology would have on reducing pollution from the oilsands industry in light of internal government documents that call that technology into question.

Previously secret ministerial briefing notes obtained by CBC News under freedom of information legislation said only a small percentage of carbon dioxide released by mining the oilsands can be captured and injected underground for storage.

The briefing notes are based on the findings of a joint Canada-Alberta task force on carbon capture and storage.

“Never has been arguments been made that this was any kind of panacea,” Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner said in response Monday. “There are opportunities for carbon capture and storage in Alberta. Those opportunities lie to some degree in oilsands.”

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Government Fails To Disclose Carbon Captures Limited Role in Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on November 25, 2008

Secret advice to politicians: oilsands emissions hard to scrub

Briefing document is pessimistic on carbon storage and capture

Last Updated: Monday, November 24, 2008 | 9:49 AM MT Comments400Recommended258

Carbon dioxide emissions from Western Canada's oilsands are set to increase from five per cent to 16 per cent of the national total by 2020 under current plans. Carbon dioxide emissions from Western Canada’s oilsands are set to increase from five per cent to 16 per cent of the national total by 2020 under current plans. (Canadian Press)CBC News has obtained a government document that says reducing greenhouse gases from Western Canada’s oilsands will be much more difficult than some politicians and the industry suggest.

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Big Oil Worries Are High

Posted by mhudema on July 16, 2008

Technology, markets to drive rise in Canadian oil sands production
Steven Poruban
Senior Editor
CALGARY, July 16 — Production of Canadian oil sands bitumen will continue to rise in the coming decades but not without advances in processing technologies and the adoption by producers of varied strategies to market the resulting heavy crude blends.
These were some of the issues raised by speakers July 15 during the opening session of the second annual Oil Sands & Heavy Oil Technologies Conference & Exhibition in Calgary. The inaugural 2-day conference, held in July 2007, also in Calgary, drew more than 880 oil sands executives and senior personnel and more than 50 exhibitors.
Tensions were palpable at the opening session regarding one topic in particular—yet to be discussed fully by conference delegates—likely to serve as this year’s 900-lb gorilla sitting in the middle of industry’s living room: growing concerns in Canada about “finicky talk in the US about the type of oil it allows to cross its borders.
This hot-button topic has its impetus in a resolution adopted last month by the US Conference of Mayors modeled on a section in last year’s Energy Independence and Security Act that raised alarm about potential environmental drawbacks of oil sands. The resolution calls for bans on purchases for use in city vehicles of any fuel with life-cycle emissions of greenhouse gases deemed excessive (OGJ, July 7, 2008, p. 21). Canadian oil sands producers’ concerns hinge largely on such a resolution gaining serious political steam during an already strongly polarized presidential election in the US.
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Stelmach Meets to Discuss Dirty Oil

Posted by mhudema on July 8, 2008

Alberta premier meets with U.S. ambassador to discuss ‘dirty’ oil

CALGARY — Premier Ed Stelmach admits Alberta doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room to satisfy environmentalists and American politicians who don’t want “dirty” oil from the oilsands.

The U.S. government is drafting a law that could limit American agencies from using oilsands fuel because of the large volume of emissions created when it’s produced.

Stelmach met with U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins in Calgary on Monday.

After the meeting, Stelmach said he will work with Wilkins to bring more political leaders from the United States to Alberta to get a first-hand look at what the province is doing to reduce greenhouse gases.

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CTV on Greenpeace Mock Tar Sands Travel Site

Posted by mhudema on June 29, 2008

http://watch.ctv.ca/news/latest/greenpeace-targets-alberta/#clip63311

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A Promise Obama Should Keep

Posted by mhudema on June 27, 2008

One Obama Campaign Promise on Canada That I’d Like Him to Keep
From Canada’s Financial Post comes Peter Foster’s article “Obama plays ‘dirty’ oil card”.

On Tuesday, orotund Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama vowed to break the U. S. addiction to “dirty, dwindling and dangerously expensive” oil. An advisor said it was an open question whether Canada’s oil sands were Mr. Obama’s prime target, but the word “dirty” is a dead giveaway.

Mr. Obama, speaking in Las Vegas, implied that the U. S. might somehow do without the oil sands. “[T]he possibilities of renewable energy are limitless,” he declared. “We’ve heard promises about it in every State of the Union for the last three decades. But each and every year, we become more, not less, addicted to oil–a 19th-century fossil fuel.”

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When it comes to picking on oil sands, Mr. Obama is fad surfing a popular wave. In December the U. S. government adopted a law to ban federal procurement of fuels that generate more greenhouse gases than “conventional sources.” California has also adopted low-carbon fuel standards. On Monday, a meeting of mayors in Miami slapped a Scarlet Letter on oil sands production, demanding “full life-cycle” accounting for such fuels.
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Alberta Government to Host Democrat Denial Tour of Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on June 27, 2008

Take a look, especially at the highlighted section. Alberta is set to host two key delegations from the US. Any suggestions?

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Canada wants U.S. to run on Alberta oil

Sheldon Alberts, Washington Correspondent
Canwest News Service

WASHINGTON – Two years ago Friday, the government of Alberta parked a supersized oilsands dump truck on the National Mall in Washington, announcing to U.S. lawmakers that Canada was about to become the next big thing in the global petroleum market.

It was ostentatious display – the yellow behemoth stood five metres tall with four-metre-high tires – that helped put Alberta’s oilsands on the map for a Congress deeply worried in the post-9/11 era about the security of U.S. energy supply.

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Greenpeace Tempts Visitors to Toxic Sites

Posted by mhudema on June 26, 2008

Oilsands vacation site tempts visitors with ‘toxic lakes’

Alberta tourism minister disappointed with how province is represented

Last Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2008 | 6:42 PM ET Comments0Recommend27

The Greenpeace website has an address that's similar to Alberta's official tourism page.The Greenpeace website has an address that’s similar to Alberta’s official tourism page. Greenpeace has launched a tongue-in-cheek website touting the tourism potential of the Alberta oilsands.

The site, which has an address similar to Alberta’s official tourism page, is the conservation group’s response to the province’s $25-million campaign to improve the environmental image of Alberta’s energy industry.

The Greenpeace-produced site promises visitors “beautiful black sand beaches [that] stretch for miles,” toxic lakes and clearcut forests.

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Obama May Say No to the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on June 25, 2008

Obama’s eyes on oilsands
Democratic candidate’s clean-oil vow threatens Alberta
Sheldon Alberts
Canwest News Service
Supporters greet Barack Obama in Las Vegas yesterday. According to a U.S.-Canada relations expert, it seems the presumed Democratic presidential nominee wants to eliminate 'dirty' oil sources such as the oilsands. 'He is very aware of them and the process that's generating them.'
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Supporters greet Barack Obama in Las Vegas yesterday. According to a U.S.-Canada relations expert, it seems the presumed Democratic presidential nominee wants to eliminate ‘dirty’ oil sources such as the oilsands. ‘He is very aware of them and the process that’s generating them.’

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama took aim at the Alberta oilsands yesterday, declaring he would break America’s addiction to “dirty, dwindling, and dangerously expensive” oil if he is elected U.S. president

Jason Grumet, Obama’s senior energy adviser, told reporters it’s an “open question” whether the oilsands fits Obama’s plan to shift the U.S. sharply away from carbon-intensive fossil fuels.

“If it turns out that the only way to produce those resources would be at a significant penalty to climate change, then we don’t believe that those resources are going to play a growing role in the long-term future,” said Grumet.

The remarks amount to a shot across the bow of Alberta’s oilsands industry, which is planning to boost production from 1.3 million barrels a day to 3.5 million barrels over the next decade.

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More Heat for the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on June 24, 2008

New pressure on oilsands TheStar.com – Business – New pressure on oilsands

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

June 23, 2008

THE CANADIAN PRESS

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.

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