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Mayors Stand Up to Big Oil

Posted by mhudema on June 29, 2008

U.S. Mayors Resolve to Avoid Burning Tar Sands Oil

MIAMI, Florida, June 28, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Miami this week adopted a resolution aimed at avoiding the use of high carbon fuels such as tar sands, liquid coal, and oil shale. The resolution encourages fuel analyses that include emissions from production, not just from burning the fuel.

The resolution calls for the creation of guidelines and purchasing standards to help mayors understand the greenhouse gas emissions of the fuels they purchase through their entire lifecycle from production through consumption.

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

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Dirty Oil: NOT WANTED

Posted by mhudema on June 25, 2008

Albertans defend oilsands after criticism from U. S. mayors; Americans urge
municipalities to ban use of gas in vehicles because process produces too
much carbon dioxide;

Byline: BY BOB WEBER, THE CANADIAN PRESS
Dateline: EDMONTON

Alberta politicians are rising to defend the province’s main economic driver
after U. S. mayors passed a resolution urging American cities to stop using
fuel derived from the oilsands.

“I wish I could talk to all of them one-on-one,” Finance Minister Iris
Evans said Tuesday.

“I continually am reminded that people in Alberta — as well as certainly
people in the United States — do not really comprehend the good things that
have been done in Alberta and that’s an elephant in the room, that lack of
knowledge.”

On Monday, U. S. mayors passed a resolution at their annual conference in
Miami urging cities to ban the use of oilsands-derived gasoline in municipal
vehicles.

They took direct aim at Alberta’s oilsands, pointing out that developing a
barrel of oilsands oil produces three times as much carbon dioxide as
conventional oil. The resolution also alleges oilsands development damages
Canada’s boreal forest and slows the transition to cleaner energy sources in
the United States.

Energy Minister Mel Knight promised Monday that Alberta will soon announce
major strides in capturing and storing greenhouse gas emissions from the
oilsands.

On Tuesday, other politicians leapt to his side.

Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier invited a delegation of his American
counterparts to visit his city to learn more about oilsands production.

“Reducing greenhouse gas is an important issue, but it requires a
comprehensive, thoughtful and realistic approach,” he said.

“This resolution suggests a lack of understanding and we hope by extending
that invitation we can help set the record straight.”

Echoing the provincial government’s position, he said the mayors should have
focused more on conservation and technological innovation.

“We can pass all the `feel-good’ resolutions that we want, but the reality
of the situation is that production from the oilsands is necessary,” he
said.

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach repeated a suggestion he has made before that
his province is a leader in environmental regulation.

“We are the first jurisdiction to put in place emission levies,” he said.

“We’re doing cumulative environmental impact assessments both in the
oilsands and also in the industrial heartland. We’re the only jurisdiction
in Canada to put forward a land-use framework and also our water-for-life
strategy is well ahead of many jurisdictions in North America.”

Evans said emissions per barrel of oil have been reduced by 45 per cent by
the industry since 1990 and that $40 million has been collected from
industries that failed to meet the province’s emissions targets.

“I think we’re doing more than anyone else.”

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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.
CREDIT: Chris Schwarz/Edmonton Journal
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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