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Source of Oil Matters

Posted by mhudema on July 31, 2008

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After the health risks of smoking became clear, government took steps to protect the public. Government action will likewise be needed to protect the public — and the planet — from unconventional fossil fuels.

The world supply of conventional oil is shrinking, and petroleum companies are ramping up the production of oil from “unconventional” sources such as tar sands, coal and oil shale.

Unfortunately, oil from these sources causes even more environmental damage than conventional oil. If global warming is to be resolved, the use of unconventional oil must be constrained.

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Oil sands industry faces rough road

Posted by mhudema on June 25, 2008

International Herald Tribune
Oil sands industry faces rough road in reaching out to green groups
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

CALGARY, Alberta: Oil sands producers in Canada have a rough road ahead persuading environmentalists and an increasingly concerned public that they are serious about protecting the environment while investing billions of dollars in new projects.

The industry’s lobbying group and several chief executives began a new communications campaign this week aimed at countering a full-court press by environmentalists over the impact of oil sands development on air, land, water and local communities.

Top executives admit they have come up short responding to concerns over their operations and explaining the progress they say they have made in areas like investing in carbon capture technology and land reclamation.

“As a result, we’ve been a bit overtaken by the other side of that equation, which resulted in what we think is an unbalanced view of our industry, so we do need pick up the ball and tell our side of the story,” Marcel Coutu, chief executive of Canadian Oil Sands Trust, said Tuesday.

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U.S. Mayors Denouce Tarsands

Posted by mhudema on June 24, 2008

U.S. mayors denounce oilsands
Mike De Souza
Canwest News Service
Syncrude's Mildred Lake plant north of Fort McMurray, Alta, is the largest oilsands crude oil production facility in the world.
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Syncrude’s Mildred Lake plant north of Fort McMurray, Alta, is the largest oilsands crude oil production facility in the world.

Mayors from the U.S.’s largest cities singled out Western Canada’s oilsands sector on Monday as they called for a crackdown on fuels that could cause catastrophic global warming.

In a resolution adopted in Miami at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting, municipal leaders called for new national guidelines to track the life-cycle impact of different types of fossil fuels. They also urged their member cities to stop using unconventional sources of energy with a large carbon footprint such as liquid coal or oil shale for their own municipal operations.

“The production of tarsands oil from Canada emits approximately three times the carbon dioxide pollution per barrel as does conventional oil production and significantly damages Canada’s Boreal forest ecosystem – the world’s largest carbon storehouse,” said the resolution.

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US Mayors Say No to Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on June 23, 2008

U.S. mayors join call for ban on oilsands-based gasoline

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U.S. mayors have passed a resolution urging cities to forbid the use of gasoline produced from Alberta's oilsands.U.S. mayors have passed a resolution urging cities to forbid the use of gasoline produced from Alberta’s oilsands. (CBC)U.S. mayors are adding their voices to those raising concerns about energy produced from Alberta’s vast oilsands.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, meeting in Miami this week, has approved a resolution calling on its members to ban the use of energy from unconventional sources because of its impact on the environment.

“We don’t want to spend taxpayer dollars on fuels that make global warming worse,” said Eugene, Ore., Mayor Kitty Piercy, who submitted the resolution.

“Tarsands oil emits up to three times the greenhouse gases in the production process per barrel as convention oil production. Our cities are asking for environmentally sustainable energy and not fuels from dirty sources such as tarsands.”

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